Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce it has been appointed to manage Stonebridge Golf Club in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine country just outside of Newcastle and a short drive from Sydney.

The newly redesigned 18-hole golf course and its contemporary clubhouse are due to open in early 2012, along with an extensive new driving range and chipping and putting area. The Jack Newton layout will be a focus of “Stonebridge Living,” the Hunter Valley’s latest contemporary residential destination. The community nature of Stonebridge, coupled with the quiet streets and unbeatable golf course views, create a totally unique living environment.

“We are looking forward to assisting the club board to establish the new Stonebridge Golf Club,” said Ryan Walls, senior vice president and managing director of Troon Golf’s Australia, Asia and Pacific division. “The combination of a great course design set within a backdrop of the Hunter Valley wine region will make this an appealing destination for locals and travelers alike and we look forward to providing the ‘Troon Experience’ during their visit,” he added.

Stonebridge Golf Club also plays on the Hunter Valley’s charming Celtic history and its 7,500-yard course offers unique challenges to golf enthusiasts. The signature 18th hole will feature a memorable par three playing over a tranquil lake, as well as an iconic stone bridge directing golfers over the water and onto a picturesque green.

Club president Kerry Bartlett expressed the board’s excitement about the partnership, which was further supported by Daracon managing director David Mingay.

“Our goal is to offer a contemporary residential community set within the backdrop of this newly designed golf course and we are confident that Troon will help us achieve this goal by delivering the highest standards in the areas of operation management and course maintenance,” said Mingay.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at Troon Golf (daily-fee & resort) and Troon Privé (private) properties located in 30 states and 27 countries. Additionally, 46 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Brynwood Golf & Country Club, Armonk, N.Y.; Sequoyah National Golf Club , Cherokee, N.C.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club, Brooks, Calif.; Kooindah Waters Golf Club , New South Wales, Australia; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; and Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece.

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