Northern California Resort Continues Impressive Run in National Rankings
(COPPEROPOLIS, California) – Saddle Creek Resort – a gated, 900-acre Castle & Cooke community in the scenic California Foothills – has been named to Golfweek’s prestigious list of "America’s Best Residential Golf Courses" for 2006.
In ranking Saddle Creek No. 40 on this top-100 listing, Golfweek heralded the course’s relationship to the overall community plan, the variety, conditioning and playability of the layout, and "how pleasing and interesting the course is as an experience." Saddle Creek’s place on the list puts it ahead of esteemed residential courses such as Black Diamond Ranch, Troon North, TPC at Sugarloaf and others.
The residential ratings are derived directly from Golfweek’s annual list of America’s Best Courses, published each March since 1997. America’s Best Golf Courses are ranked by more than 350 raters throughout the country, who judge on the basis of 10 evaluation criteria. Rankings are calculated using a statistically rigorous process.
"Saddle Creek’s golf, residential, and lifestyle components are truly unique, and to be recognized by Golfweek is an honor for our residents and members," says Al Martell, Vice President of Golf Properties for Castle & Cooke. "Guests of the resort can also take pride in knowing they are partaking in one of the nation’s best golf experiences."
Designed by Carter Morrish, Saddle Creek’s award-winning golf course is framed by the Sierra Mountains and challenges players of all levels with five sets of tees, nearly 100 bunkers and an ethereal collection 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.
For the second consecutive year, Saddle Creek 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.
In its December 2004 issue, Fairways and Greens magazine rated the course 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. Saddle Creek was also ranked as one of the top four semi-private courses in Northern California by Golf Today. Most recently, the course was included in the 2006/07 ZAGAT listing of "America’s Top Golf Courses."
For more information about Saddle Creek Resort please call 800-611-7722 or visit www.saddlecreek.com .
About Saddle Creek Resort
Saddle Creek’s diverse and award-winning real estate seamlessly blends both resort and residential atmospheres. Custom homesites start at $300,000 and residential opportunities (including home and lot) range from the $600s to over $1 million. Boasting views of small lakes and forested hills, these picturesque homes serve as countryside retreats and as the ideal escape from the San Francisco Bay Area, roughly two hours away.
Each neighborhood is carefully planned to complement the golf course, and architectural design guidelines ensure each home is unique and blends with the overall residential theme. New custom homes are available now to fulfill the dream of a sophisticated country life. Castle & Cooke will release Quail Creek’s custom homesites later this year, and Copper Glen Foothill Collection of Country Homes early 2006.
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 contemporary American cuisine 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, masterplanned "Copper Mill" will bring an exciting new dimension to Copperopolis. Its traditional town square, specialty shops, boutique art galleries, restaurants and many other businesses comprise a retail-focused, mixed use town set 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 percent-owned island of Lana’i in Hawaii.