(COPPEROPOLIS, Calif.) – Saddle Creek Resort – the gated, 900-acre Castle & Cooke community in the scenic California Foothills – has been named to the ZAGAT Survey listing of "America’s Top Golf Courses" for the fourth consecutive year.
In addition to being named to this prestigious listing, Saddle Creek was also honored by the ZAGAT Survey as "best of" in the "Bunkering" and "Environmentally Friendly Courses" categories.
Among the most thorough rating guides in all of golf, ZAGAT covers more than 1,000 of the best public, semi-private and resort courses in the United States. Courses in the guide are rated based on the responses of more than 6,000 reviewers who play more than 552,000 rounds annually. Strength of layout, value, overall quality, facility and service standards are taken into consideration.
"It’s wonderful to be recognized as one of America’s top courses by this prestigious and objective publication," says Saddle Creek Resort General Manager Bill Troyanoski. "We’re extremely proud that year-after-year ZAGAT reviewers and readers continue to enjoy the many wonderful aspects of our resort."
Being named to the ZAGAT list is the latest in a long line of distinctions and accolades Saddle Creek has received. For the second consecutive year, the course ranked among the Top-10 courses in California in Golfweek’s "America’s Best Courses 2005" ratings, appearing at No. 8 on the prestigious list and moving past the famed South Course at Torrey Pines – site of the 2008 U.S. Open Championship.
Saddle Creek was also recently included on Golfweek magazine’s Top-100 listing of "America’s Best Residential Golf Courses." The resort placed No. 39, ahead of esteemed residential courses Reynolds Plantation, PGA West, Isleworth, Hammock Dunes, Colleton River and others.
In its December 2004 issue, Fairways and Greens magazine rated Saddle Creek one of the top golf resorts in the Western U.S., citing its exquisite course conditions, top quality service, meticulous attention to detail, high-end residential opportunities and comfortable and convenient bungalows.
For more information about Saddle Creek Resort, please call 800-611-7722 or visit www.saddlecreek.com .
About Saddle Creek
Designed by Carter Moorish, the eight-year-old course is framed by the Sierra Mountains and challenges players of all levels with five sets of tees, more than 100 crystal white sand bunkers and handful of shimmering lakes. To create an atmosphere of tranquility and isolation, Morrish devised a routing in which no two holes run parallel to each other. Saddle Creek’s thoughtful design and sublime conditioning have led to numerous national accolades, such as being rated one of the top four semi-private courses in Northern California by Golf Today.
Not to be overlooked, Saddle Creek’s diverse and award-winning real estate blends resort and residential atmospheres. Custom homesites start at $300,000 and residential opportunities range (home and lot) from the $600’s to over $1 million. Boasting views of lakes and forested hills, these picturesque homes serve as countryside retreats and as the ideal escape from the Bay Area, roughly two hours away.
Residents and guests of Saddle Creek can also enjoy the beauty of the Quail trail with miles of hiking trails and mountain biking and nearby skiing, snowmobiling, and the nearby Lake Tulloch. Also of interest are the sports club, featuring a 3,000-square-foot facility offering yoga and aerobic classes, a large pool, kids’ wading pool and a Jacuzzi spa. The Saddle Creek Lodge features a fully-stocked bar and an extensive wine list, stunning vistas and the food of Executive Chef Richard Whipple at the acclaimed Copper Grille.
Castle & Cooke, in their goals of enhancing the overall communities where they have ongoing developments and operating facilities, are adding to the Saddle Creek Resort experience. Currently in development, the "town of Copper" will bring an exciting new dimension to Copperopolis with its traditional town square, specialty shops, boutique art galleries, restaurants and many other businesses and that complements a retail focused mixed use town that sets alongside a beautiful creek and lake.
Saddle Creek Resort, as well as Coyote Creek Golf Club outside of San Jose, is owned and operated by Castle & Cooke, Inc. that, along with its affiliated companies, has operations in over 24 states. The company’s diversified businesses include the development and ownership of real estate, leasing of transportation equipment, manufacture of brick and ownership of public warehouses. The company’s real estate developments include master planned communities such as Mililani Town on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Lake Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California, and Seven Oaks in Bakersfield, California. The company also owns two of the world’s highest-rated resorts on the 98% owned island of Lana’i in Hawaii.