Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is thrilled to recognize five of its managed facilities for being recognized as some of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, in the publication’s May 2005 issue. Making their debut on the list are both the Quarry and Legend courses at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort in Biwabik, Minnesota. In operation for less than two years, the Quarry, a Jeffrey Brauer design that debuted at No. 16 on the list, has been the subject of numerous accolades and much acclaim.
The following courses were recognized:

No. 16 – Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (the Quarry), Biwabik, MN

No. 59 – Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson, MO

No. 76 – Troon North Golf Club (Monument), Scottsdale, AZ

No. 82 – Old Works, Anaconda, MT

No. 88 – Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (the Legend), Biwabik, MN

For the first time in the history of the biennial survey, courses located outside the United States have been included. The Ailsa course at The Westin Turnberry Resort in Ayrshire, Scotland debuted on Golf Digest’s list of “The 100 Best Courses Outside the U.S.” at No. 11.

“We congratulate our Troon Golf associates in recognition of their efforts in providing the best possible experience on these award winning courses,” stated John Easterbrook, Troon Golf executive vice president, operations. “We are proud to see our facilities recognized on this prestigious list by one of the industry’s leading publications.”

The Golf Digest Course Rating Panel is composed of more than 800 low-handicap men and women. The panel evaluates courses on eight criteria, giving each a scale of 1-10 (1 being unacceptable to poor – 10 being absolutely perfect). The categories include: Shot Values, Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning, Ambience and Walkability.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 150 courses located in 26 states and 16 countries. Additionally, 31 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Maderas Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.; Lake of Isles, North Stonington, Conn.; Vista Ridge Golf Club, Erie, Colo.; Kooindah Golf & Country Club, New South Wales, Australia; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England.