SOURCE: Barona Resort & Casino

Barona Resort & Casino

March 24, 2011 12:30 ET

Barona Creek Golf Club Ranks #4 in Golfweek Magazine's 2011 "Best Courses You Can Play In California" List

Course Holds at #4 Behind Only Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Pasatiempo

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Barona Creek Golf Club at Barona Resort & Casino held the fourth spot in Golfweek magazine's "Best Courses You Can Play In California" list Barona announced today. The publication also recently named Barona Creek as the third best resort course in California; 27th on its list of resort properties nationwide; and fourth on its casino course list.

"We are very proud of these prestigious rankings which represent a collaborative effort between the Barona Band of Mission Indians and the entire golf course staff," said Don King, executive director of golf operations at Barona Creek Golf Club. "Since our opening in 2001, we have been focused on ensuring our players enjoy the finest golf experience possible. To be in the company of landmark courses like Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Pasatiempo is humbling and validation that we are delivering that experience."

Barona Creek ranks directly behind the state's celebrated courses. 

2011 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. CordeValle, San Martin 
7. PGAWest (Stadium), La Quinta
8. Torrey Pines (South), San Diego
9. Darkhorse, Auburn 
10. Whitehawk Ranch GC, Clio

Golfweek's course raters are comprised of a nationwide team of more than 675 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; a "walk in the park" test; and the variety and memorability of par-3s, par-4s and par-5s.

Barona Creek Golf Club 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 areas 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. With its state-of-the-art water reclamation and wastewater treatment facilities, Barona uses reclaimed water and rainwater runoff to irrigate the golf course and surrounding landscape. The course has also earned the prestigious Bronze Signature Sanctuary Certification from Audubon International for its conservation, environmental quality and land management efforts.

About Barona Resort & Casino
The AAA Four-Diamond rated Barona Resort & Casino blends the best of San Diego's leading resorts with the gaming excitement of Las Vegas. LEED® Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, 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. For Barona Resort & Casino reservations and information, visit, or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662). You can also join Barona on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare.

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