TRAVEL + LEISURE GOLF NAMES 2005 WORLD’S BEST GOLF RESORTS
Scottsdale, Ariz. – The readers of Travel + Leisure Golf have spoken…and Troon Golf, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing congratulates those managed golf facilities that have been included in the magazine’s list of the World’s Best Golf Resorts (2005). Topping the list and rated as the No. 4 Golf Resort in the United States, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is also recognized as the No. 2 Golf Resort in the Southwest. Additionally, the resort took home honors as the best resort in the Southwest for Buddy Trips, and second best in the Southwest Restaurant category.
Continuing to make headlines in the Southwest is The Phoenician, which is rated by the readers of Travel + Leisure Golf as the No. 3 Best Golf Resort. Additionally, The Phoenician was recognized as one of the best for Family Trips, Restaurants and Spa/Gym.
Also receiving recognition is the Canyon course at Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ, that is considered by readers as one of the Most Underrated Courses in the Southwest. Additionally, congratulations to Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona for being named one of the Most Underrated Resorts in the Southwest. Built in 1986 as an idyllic complement to desert-style golf, Ted Robinson’s design of three striking nine-hole layouts that wind through 95 acres of lakes and cascading water features is truly one-of-a-kind in Arizona.
“Receiving these accolades from Travel + Leisure Golf’s readers speaks volumes for the close alliance Troon Golf enjoys with the world’s leading hotel operators,” stated Troon Golf President and COO, Hud Hinton. “Congratulations to all those facilities recognized on this prestigious list, and thank you to our many Troon Golf associates who work tirelessly to ensure the best possible resort golf experiences for our guests.”
One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico is recognized in numerous categories for the Mexico and Latin America regions. Coming in at No. 2 Golf Resort, No. 2 Resort Course, and Most Underrated Resort, Palmilla has taken home the lion’s share of this region’s accolades. Additionally, the resort was named one of the Best for Family Trips, and as having the Best Restaurants.
Finally, continuing with the One&Only brand, One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas was recognized as one the best resorts in the Caribbean for Buddy Trips. Ocean Club Golf Course is home to its own touring pro, Ernie Els, and host to two televised annual events, the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational and the Office Depot Father / Son Challenge.
An online survey, developed by the editors of T&L Golf appeared on www.tlgolf.com from April 28 to June 30. The nominees fell under eleven regional categories: U.S. West & Northwest; U.S. Midwest, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic; U.S. Southwest; U.S. Southeast; Hawaii; Canada; The Caribbean; Mexico & Latin America; Ireland & Northern Ireland; Scotland; England & Wales. The regional categories were divided into two groups based on the type of golf facility most commonly found in the region, specifically golf resorts or golf courses with separate hotels.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 160 courses located in 27 states and 18 countries. Additionally, 31 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, Millsboro, Del.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point, Calif.; Lake of Isles, North Stonington, Conn.; The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Colo.; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England.