Scottsdale, Ariz. -Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that four of its courses have been recognized as “Noteworthy Newcomers” in the recently released 07/08 Zagat Survey of America’s Top Courses. Escena Golf Club and Classic Club both located in California, Lake of Isles’ North course in Connecticut and Blue Heron Golf Club in Ohio all earned this distinction from one of the most trusted guide books. Also notably ranked is the Monument course at Troon North Golf Club in Arizona, which is listed #16 on Zagat’s list of the “Most Popular” courses.

Lake of Isles, designed by Rees Jones, was also named a “Zagat Top Spot”, a category recognizing courses that received the highest ratings. Only two courses in the nation scored higher than Lake of Isles’ rating of 29 out of 30 in this category. Troon North Golf Club also joins Lake of Isles as a “Zagat Top Spot” as well as Branson Creek Golf Club in Missouri, both with impressive ratings of 28 out of 30.

“Recognition from the Zagat Survey of America’s Top Courses is a well-deserved honor for these exceptional facilities,” stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. “Their hard work and dedication to quality and superior service is what sets them apart.”

The 07/08 Zagat Survey of America’s Top Courses rates 1,075 of the top daily-fee, semi-private, private and resort courses in the U.S., including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Input from over 6,250 avid golfers forms the basis for the ratings and reviews, collectively bringing an impressive total of roughly 560,000 annual rounds worth of experience to the survey.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 185 courses located in 31 states and 24 countries. Additionally, 38 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Sandpines Golf Links, Florence, Ore.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Haig Point, Daufuskie Island, S.C.; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve, Portugal; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE; and The Grove, London, England.