Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More Course Rankings: Top Resorts

The latest batch of golf course rankings are actually resort rankings - as in rankings of the full resort (hotels, restaurants, golf course, the works) - and they come from Golf Magazine. The magazine's rankings consider resorts in North America and the Caribbean and are split into three levels: Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Alas, Texas failed to land any resorts in the Platinum and Gold lists, but several made the Silver list:

  • Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin
  • Four Seasons Resort & Golf Club at Las Colinas, Irving
  • Westin La Cantera, San Antonio

In other words, the usual suspects. (Except that I'm surprised Horseshoe Bay doesn't make the list.)

The magazine also has a list of "Green Resorts," facilities it singles out for environmental stewardship. Barton Creek makes that list, with this blurbage:

In 2001, Barton Creek received the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) National Environmental Steward Award. And the efforts of all four courses to provide sanctuary for wildlife led to Audubon certification.

Something that's important to note: When you hear a golf course brag about having "Audubon" certification, they are not referring to the National Audubon Society, but to a completely separate, unaffiliated group whose sole purpose seems to be giving golf courses this certification. In other words, take that certification with a major grain of salt (which in no way is meant to diminish the genuine efforts of many golf courses and resorts and the golf industry in general to institute more environmentally friendly practices).

Here's a good photo of Barton Creek:

barton creek resort

1 comment:

  1. Joellen Zeh11:13 AM

    Most people are unaware that there are hundreds of Audubon Societies within the United States, many of them unaffiliated with the National Audubon Society. Audubon International is one of these organizations, and our mission is to offer people the tools they need to practice good stewardship and manage natural resources responsibly. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and the Audubon Signature Programs do work with golf courses, and many other types of developments as well as entire communities through our Sustainable Communities Program. These education programs have a certification aspect to them to motivate people to take environmental action where they live, work, and play.

    I agree that all certifications should be examined to determine the quality of the recognition, and I invite you to look into Audubon International’s programs at

    Joellen Zeh, Program Manager
    Audubon International


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