CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Ralston Creek course at the Daniel Island Club, designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, has been recognized with yet another prestigious accolade. Golf Digest magazine has ranked the course, which opened in April 2006, in its 2007 South Carolina "Best in State" list, published in the May issue. Ralston Creek garnered the number 15 spot on the list. Last year, Golf Digest included the course on its list of the country’s top ten "Best New Private" courses.
"We are thrilled that Rees Jones’ efforts to help us deliver to our members one of the finest courses in the Southeast has been recognized again by Golf Digest," said Matt Sloan, President of The Daniel Island Company, the island’s master developer. "We are proud to be in the company of well established Top 100 Courses such as Harbour Town Golf Links and The Ocean Course at Kiawah, especially given that Ralston Creek just celebrated its first anniversary at the end of April," he added.
The South Carolina Golf Raters Association also recently recognized Ralston Creek as the state’s 2006 Best New Course. The course is a traditional Lowcountry classic (par 72) that plays 7,446 yards from the championship tees.
"The developers gave us a spectacular piece of property," commented Rees Jones. "We endeavored to incorporate the stunning backdrop of the natural saltwater marshes and specimen trees into a challenging and memorable golf course. It is an honor to have our work again recognized by this prestigious publication."
Jones continued, "The ultimate measure of success is building an uncontrived course that has enough variety and character to hold the golfer’s interest round after round. That is what we have achieved here at Ralston Creek – and what has been recognized Golf Digest – a course that will stand the test of time for generations of Daniel Island Club members and their families."
The Ralston Creek layout has all the elements of a stern test of golf, including strategically placed, sculpted fairway bunkers, diversely contoured greens, greenside bunkers placed to protect the championship pin positions, and, at 7,446 yards, enough length for the long hitters. It has already served as the host site for the PalmettoPride Classic, a Nationwide Tour event, and as the site of the Regional Qualifier for the 2007 U.S. Open.
Jones recognizes, however, that not every member is a single-digit handicap. The brilliance of his layout is the exceptional thought that has gone into the design of every hole from every tee. Designed into the layout are six tee boxes ranging from 7,446 yards from the championship tees to 3,768 yards from the Junior or Beginner tees. The inclusion of Junior/Beginner tees was as important to Jones’ team as it was to the Daniel Island Club in its commitment to grow the game and make it enjoyable for the entire family.
Daniel Island is one of the Lowcountry’s most preferred suburban addresses for golf. In addition to the honor of being named the No. 15 course in the Golf Digest 2007 South Carolina "Best in State" list, the course was also included in the Top 10 Best New Private Courses by Golf Digest. The community, which also includes the Tom Fazio-designed Beresford Creek, has been recognized as one of the country’s top golf communities by Golf Living and Travel & Leisure Golf magazines. Both courses are included within the Top 50 Best in State courses by the South Carolina Ratings Panel and each has received numerous other accolades.
Located within the City of Charleston, Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island town featuring traditional neighborhoods, world-class golf, tennis and soccer facilities and a growing collection of amenities. The island’s downtown is home to schools, churches, medical offices, boutiques, restaurants, a modern supermarket and many other conveniences. Access to hundreds of acres of parks, 23 miles of rivers and creeks, leisure trails, and a private country club provide residents with a myriad of recreational options. Daniel Island has been honored with numerous accolades and was recently recognized with a prestigious "Award for Excellence" by the Urban Land Institute.
For more information regarding Daniel Island, visit www.danielisland.com.
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