Restoration in N.C., new design in Minn., land on "Best New Courses" list
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2005 â?¦ At this time last year, noted golf course architect John Fought was receiving rave reviews for his deft restoration of Pine Needles, when the Donald Ross classic in Southern Pines, N.C. was unveiled to the public. One year later, Golf Digest has emphatically put its stamp of approval on the Pine Needles restoration by naming it a top 10 "Best New Remodel." The recognition is part of the magazine’s "America’s Best New Courses of 2005" rankings in the January 2006 issue.
In addition, Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minn., a Fought-Tom Lehman co-design, was named by Golf Digest as a top 10 "Best New Private" course. The 7,209-yard, par 72 layout is just minutes from Rochester, home of the Mayo Clinic. It is the second consecutive year a Fought-Lehman co-design in Minnesota made Golf Digest’s "Best New Private" list (in 2004, Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence was singled out).
At Pine Needles, the 7,015-yard, par 71 course is only going to get better with time, said Kelly Miller, president, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.
"Having had time for the course to grow in and mature, I’m even more pleased with our results," Miller said. "John’s restoration work will become more admired as a result of all of his hard work and attention to detail."
More information about John Fought Design is available at (480) 991-9858 and www.foughtdesign.com.
Hunter Public Relations – East