NEW YORK, NY- Pebble Beach Resort has been ranked No. 1 in the 2009 edition of Golf Digest’s 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America. The resort, which will host the 2010 U.S. Open, regains the top spot after having dropped to third place in the previous ranking in 2006. Pebble Beach was also ranked No. 1 in 2004 and in 2002.
To determine The 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America, Golf Digest called upon its 900-plus course rating panelists, who also produce the list of America’s 100 Greatest Courses. The panelists rated hundreds of resort courses in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean on a scale of 1 (“awful”) to 10 (“perfect”). The ratings were then averaged and multiplied by 10 to establish a final score. The complete rankings can be viewed at www.golfdigest.com and in the October issue of Golf Digest, on newsstands beginning today.
Rounding out the top ten in the 2009 ranking are: No. 2 Sea Island Resorts, St. Simons Island, GA (No. 1 in ’06); No. 3 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, OR (2); No. 4 Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Big Island, HI (4); No. 5 Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada (12); No. 6 The American Club, Kohler, WI (5); No. 7 Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC (14); No. 8 The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV (10); No. 9 The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA (18); and No. 10 Pinehurst Resort, NC (8).
“For the big-game hunters of golf looking to knock off some of the best courses and resorts in the country, now is a good time to do it,” says Matt Ginella, Golf Digest Travel Editor. “Almost every one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America are offering unprecedented stay-and-play packages.”
Of the 75 resorts ranked in 2009, 12 are located in Hawaii. Canada has two resorts on the list, as does the Caribbean (Bahamas and Dominican Republic), while Mexico has one. The 2009 ranking features 16 courses that were not ranked in the previous list:
No. 20 – The Fairmont Orchid, The Big Island, HI
No. 26 – The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, CA
No. 27 – One & Only Ocean Club/Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
No. 29 – French Lick Resort, French Lick, IN
No. 30 – Four Seasons Resort Lanai (The Lodge at Koele), Lanai City, HI
No. 41 – The Inn at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor, MI
No. 46 – Giants Ridge, Biwabik, MN
No. 48 – Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MI
No. 52 – Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN
No. 54 – Grande Lakes Orlando, Orlando, FL
No. 55 – Resort Semiahmoo, Blaine, WA
No. T-63 – Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NY
No. 68 – Hershey Resorts, Hershey, PA
No. 70 – Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, AZ
No. 71 – Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA
No. 75 – The Woodlands Resort, The Woodlands, TX
For more information about the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America, America’s 100 Greatest Courses or any other of Golf Digest’s rankings, go to www.golfdigest.com.