Barton Creek Resort & Spa Recognized for Excellence in Golf

Links, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and Golfweek
Recognize Barton Creek Resort & Spa for Excellence in Golf

(AUSTIN, TX – December 5, 2006) Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas recently received several awards for excellence in the world of golf. Links, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and Golfweek each recognized Barton Creek for its spectacular golf. “These awards are a tremendous recognition for our staff at Barton Creek who work year round to provide the best possible golf experience for our guests,” said G. Michael Thomas, president and COO of Barton Creek Resort & Spa. “We are honored that our golf resort is recognized by the top publications in the world of golf.”

In the November/December issue of Links, the readers of this publication were asked “Which Texas resorts would you most like to visit?” Barton Creek received the highest score coming in at 59%. The editors of Links named Barton Creek the “Best of Texas” and wrote, “Everything is bigger in Texas, including the golf resorts. In just 20 years, Barton Creek has gone from 4,000 acres of raw Hill Country landscape outside Austin to an international resort with four courses, including two by Tom Fazio that are among the best in the state. Don’t think your game can handle it? Try a lesson from one of the best teachers in the country, Chuck Cook, who has coached three U.S. Open Champions.”

Golf Magazine once again named the Fazio Foothills and Fazio Canyons courses at Barton Creek in its biennial “Top 100 You Can Play.” The Foothills came in at #68, and the Canyons came in at #69. Both courses are designed by Tom Fazio and are certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries, with the Canyons course having the additional distinction of being one of only 50 courses in the world to achieve the Audubon International Signature Sanctuary status.

Golf Digest named Barton Creek Resort & Spa #47 in its biennial “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.” The ranking is based on the evaluations from the magazine’s Course Rating Panel—a group of more than 800 low-handicap golfers who rate hundreds of resorts throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Golfweek magazine revealed its annual list of “America’s Best Resort Courses” in 2007, and the scenic Fazio Canyons and Fazio Foothills courses received the #25 and #48 spots respectively. Both Fazio courses feature some of the most scenic greens in the state, and golfers often take pause to admire the waterfalls, winding streams, limestone-bedded canyons, native plants and abundant wildlife that line the courses. Fazio Canyons also is home to Barton Creek’s world-class Chuck Cook Golf Academy.

Located in Austin, in the heart of the glorious Texas Hill Country, Barton Creek Resort & Spa combines world-class service with its classic brand of Austin casual elegance set in luxurious surroundings. Featuring 300 beautifully appointed rooms, Barton Creek has something for everyone and offers superior dining experiences, 72 holes of nationally acclaimed championship golf, the industry’s finest meeting facilities and a full-service spa, including a unique line of Texas-themed services. The resort is one of nearly 170 clubs and resorts worldwide owned and operated by Dallas-based ClubCorp, which was founded in 1957 and has approximately $1.5 billion in assets. For more information on Barton Creek Resort & Spa, call 1-800-336-6158 or 512-329-4000 or visit www.bartoncreek.com. Visit www.clubcorp.com for additional company information.

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