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Barona Resort & Casino

March 22, 2010 13:46 ET

Barona Creek Golf Club Jumps in Golfweek Magazine's 2010 "Best of" California List

Course Moves Up to Fourth in State Behind Pebble Beach, Spyglass and Pasatiempo

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) -  Barona Creek Golf Club at Barona Resort & Casino jumped from the fifth to the fourth spot in Golfweek magazine's "Best of California Course" list, Barona officials announced today. The publication also recently named Barona Creek as the third best resort course in California, number 25 on its list of resort properties nationwide, and fifth on its casino course list.

"We are honored to have moved up in these rankings amongst the best courses in the state," said Don King, executive director of golf operations at Barona Resort & Casino. "There are hundreds of great courses in California and it's a tremendous distinction for our property."

Barona Creek ranks directly behind the state's landmark courses Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach and Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz. Barona Creek moved ahead of Rustic Canyon on their Top 10 list to assume 4th place on the list. 

Golfweek's 2010 Top 10 California Course Rankings
1. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach 
2. Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach
3. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz 
4. Barona Creek, Lakeside
5. Rustic Canyon, Moorpark
6. PGA West (Stadium), La Quinta 
7. CordeValle, San Martin
8. The Classic Club, Palm Desert 
9. Torrey Pines (South), San Diego 
10. DarkHorse, Auburn

Golfweek's course raters are comprised of a nationwide team of more than 450 evaluators who have surveyed over 500 Classic and 1,200 Modern nominated courses. Judgments are rendered on the basis of 10 standards of evaluation: routing, quality of shaping, overall land plan, greens and surrounds, tree and landscape management, conditioning and a "walk in the park" test, as well as the variety and memorability of par-3s, par-4s.

Barona Creek is a 7,448-yard par 72 golf course with more than 114 multi-fingered bunkers and a series of lakes and ponds connected to the area's naturally fed streams. The course offers multiple sets of tees to accommodate players of all abilities. It features more than 170 mature native oak trees transplanted from other regions of the Barona Indian Reservation. 

The course has also been recognized for its environmental efforts by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and San Diego Earthworks. Barona's state-of-the-art water reclamation and wastewater treatment facilities allow the Tribe to save and reuse nearly every drop of water runoff at its Barona Resort & Casino and Barona Creek Golf Club. The property currently uses 100 percent of the reclaimed water to irrigate the golf course and surrounding landscape. The course has also won the prestigious Bronze Signature Sanctuary Certification from Audubon International for its conservation, environmental quality and land management efforts.

About Barona Resort & Casino

For the last two years in a row, Barona Resort & Casino has won the J.D. Power and Associates Award for the "Highest in Satisfaction in the Southern California Indian Casino Gaming Experience" in the J.D. Power and Associates Southern California Indian Gaming Casino Satisfaction Study.

Barona Resort & Casino blends the best of San Diego's leading resorts with the gaming excitement of Las Vegas. Barona is San Diego's leading destination resort featuring 400 guest rooms and suites, all with beautiful views of the Barona Valley, a variety of award-winning dining options, the AmBience Day Spa, a full-service events center and the 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club, rated the 3rd best resort course in California by Golfweek magazine.

Barona Resort & Casino received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008-2009 Indian Gaming Casino Studies SM-Southern California Region. The 2009 study, which only surveys casinos with a minimum of 1,000 slot machines, is based on 4,452 responses from gaming players who visited an Indian casino in Southern California between December 2008 and May 2009. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in May 2009. Your experiences may vary. Visit

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