NINE OB SPORTS-MANAGED GOLF COURSES HONORED AS 2012 GOLFWEEK'S BEST COURSES

Nine courses at eight golf facilities managed by Scottsdale-based OB Sports Golf Management made the ranking of 2012 Golfweek's Best Courses. The courses were listed among the top 100 nationwide in two categories: Resort and Residential. Both courses at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club made the Resort ranking (Saguaro No. 19 and Cholla No. 50). The other two were Lodestone Golf Club (No. 37) and Sandia Golf Club (No. 100). In the Residential ranking, five OB Sports-managed clubs were listed in the top 100: The Rim Golf Club (No. 24); Tetherow Golf Club (No. 55); S omerby Golf Club (No. 56); Dalhousie Golf Club (No. 71) and Victory Ranch Club (No. 94).


"We are very pleased to be recognized by an industry leader such as Golfweek," said Phil Green, Chief Operating Officer/Principal of OB Sports Golf Management. "When one considers the criteria used to by the raters, it becomes clear that the rankings offer a thorough assessment for golfers to use as a yardstick of measurement. And I'm happy to report that the staff at these golf facilities have obviously been working hard to make sure their clubs measure up favorably."

As defined by Golfweek, course-ranking panelists apply the following criteria when considering each golf course:

1. Ease and intimacy of routing - The extent to which the sequence of holes follows natural contours and unfolds in an unforced manner.


2A. Integrity of original design (Classic) - The extent to which subsequent changes are compatible with the original design and enhance the course rather than undermine or weaken it.


2B. Quality of feature shaping (Modern) - The extent to which the land's features have been enhanced though earthmoving and shaping to form a landscape that suits the game and has aesthetic/thematic coherence.


3. Natural setting and overall land plan - Quality and aesthetic relationship of golf course, clubhouse, cart paths and other facility features to surrounding structures and native scenery.


4. Interest of greens and surrounding contours - Shotmaking demands on and around the putting surfaces.


5. Variety and memorability of par 3s - Different clubs hit; different terrain; different looks.


6. Variety and memorability of par 4s - The extent to which the angles of play, varied terrain and left-to-right/right-to-left shots create interesting and varied playing options.


7. Variety and memorability of par 5s - The extent to which holes offer a variety of options from the tee and on the second shot as well as risk/reward possibilities.


8. Basic quality of conditioning - Variety of playing textures; extent of turf coverage; consistency and quality of bunker sand; delineation of tees/fairways/roughs/collars and chipping areas (beyond day-to-day changes because of weather, aerification, overseeding or repairs).


9. Landscape and tree management - The extent to which trees and any floral features complement or enhance rather than impose and intrude upon the ground features, and the playing options of the course.


10. "Walk in the park" test -The degree to which the course ultimately is worth spending a half-day on as a compelling outdoor experience.

About the Clubs:
The Rim Golf Club - For more information visit www.rimgolfclub.com or call 928.472.1480.
Somerby Golf Club - For more information visit www.somerby.com or call 507.775.3700.
Dalhousie Golf Club - For more information, www.dalhousiegolfclub.com or call 573.332.0818.
Victory Ranch Club - For more information, www.victoryranchclub.com or call 435.785.5020.
Lodestone Golf Club - For more information, www.lodestonegolf.com call 301.387.GOLF (4653).
Sandia Golf Club - For more information, visit www.sandiagolf.com or call 505.798.3990.
Tetherow - For more information, visit www.tetherow.com or call 541.388.CLUB (2582).
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - For more information, visit www.wekopa.com or call 480.836.9000.

 

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