Pronghorn, the new premier private golf community in the Pacific Northwest, announced today that its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has been ranked No. 2 among the Best New Private Courses for 2004 in Golf Digest’s annual listing of America’s Best New Courses.
“We knew early on that our course was special but to be ranked the second Best New Private Course in the country by Golf Digest is an outstanding accolade,” said Thomas Hix, managing partner of High Desert Development Company, LLC, the developer of Pronghorn. “Jack and his design team did an outstanding job creating the course into the natural landscape, and we could not be more proud of this achievement.”
Golf Digest has produced an America’s Best New Courses ranking each year since 1982. Their judging panel includes more than 800 course raters from around the country who this year evaluated more than 150 new courses that opened between May 1, 2003 and April 20, 2004. The ranking is based on five criteria: shot values; design variety; memorability; resistance to scoring; and aesthetics, with bonus points awarded to courses that allow walking. The Best New Courses ranking will appear in Golf Digest’s January 2005 issue, which is on newsstands this week.
“This recognition is a testament to our entire team’s commitment to providing an unparalleled golf experience,” said Scott Denney, President of Pronghorn Properties Inc. “Pronghorn was created with the vision of providing a level of luxury not yet seen in the Pacific Northwest and with the Golf Digest ranking, we have raised the bar significantly.”
Located outside Bend, Oregon, on 640 acres of high desert terrain, Pronghorn’s 7,381-yard, par-72, 18-hole private Nicklaus course is intertwined with ancient lava rock ridges and outcroppings and has spectacular panoramic views of nine snow-capped mountain peaks. Designed to play like a genuine desert course and with the truest putting surfaces, the Nicklaus course plays firm and fast. Nicklaus’ attention to detail combines strategy with playability, and risk versus reward to accommodate golfers of every skill level. Celebrating the natural landscape and displaying beautiful transitions and clean lines, as well as environmentally friendly grasses that require less water, underground trash receptacles, and a state-of-the-art drainage system, the Nicklaus course provides a minimalist experience with emphasis on the golf game itself.
“We are very pleased with the response that Pronghorn has received and I think this recognition by Golf Digest is well deserved,” said Jack Nicklaus. “Pronghorn is in spectacular condition and is one of the best-maintained golf courses we’ve seen. Superintendent John Anderson and his staff have done a tremendous job, and the conditions members play on only adds to the golf experience.”
Pronghorn will soon feature a Tom Fazio Championship course side-by-side with the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, a unique offering and the first in the West. Currently under construction, the first nine holes of the Fazio course are scheduled to open in Spring 2006 with the entire course completed by Fall 2006.