Record Ten New Additions to Latest List
NEW YORK, NY—Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in North Carolina is the new number one course in Golf For Women’s ranking of the Top 50 Courses for Women—an annual list of the best women-friendly public golf courses in the country. The feature appears in the July/August 2007 issue (on newsstands today).
Behind No.1 Pine Needles is the South Course at The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa in Carefree, AZ. Rounding out the top ten are: No.3 Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside Course), No.4 The Greenbrier (Old White Course), No.5 Reynolds Plantation (The Oconee), No.6 LPGA International (Champions Course), No.7 Kingsmill Resort & Spa (Plantation Course), No.8 La Quinta Resort & Club (Mountain Course), No.9 Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Osprey Point) and No.10 Grand Cypress Resort (North/East Courses).
Twenty-two states have courses included in the ranking. Florida has the most with nine and California has six. Orlando is the only city with two courses included among the Top 50.
To determine the Top 50 Courses for Women, Golf For Women began with a large group of nominees that included past Golf For Women Top Courses, eligible courses from Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses and courses nominated by Golf For Women’s course raters. The course raters provide evaluations on every public and resort course they play, and they travel and play at their own expense and on their own timetables.
A Golf For Women Top 50 Course must have at least one set of tees under 5,300 yards, and should have at least two under 6,000. A minimum of two tees must be rated for women. The course should have few forced carries from the forward tees, be in top condition and present a women-friendly environment.
The Ten Additions to the Top 50 Courses for Women for 2007:
No.13 – Running Y Ranch, Klamath Falls, OR
No.22 – Celebration Golf Club, Celebration, FL
No.26 – Rancho Mañana Golf Club, Cave Creek, AZ
No.27 – Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Dunes), Bandon, OR
No.29 – Treetops Resort (Rick Smith Signature Course), Gaylord, MI
No.33 – We-Ko-Pa Golf Club (Saguaro Course), Fort McDowell, AZ
No.36 – Turning Stone Resort & Casino (Shenendoah Golf Club), Verona, NY
No.40 – Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Fazio Foothills Course), Austin, TX
No.45 – Southwood Golf Club, Tallahassee, FL
No.49 – World Golf Village (King & Bear Course), St. Augustine, FL