SOURCE: Barona Resort & Casino

Barona Resort & Casino

March 20, 2013 14:19 ET

Barona Creek Golf Club Ranks #5 in Golfweek Magazine's 2013 "Best Courses You Can Play In California List"

Barona Ranks Amongst Legendary Courses Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Pasatiempo

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - Barona Creek Golf Club at Barona Resort & Casino in San Diego held the fifth spot in Golfweek magazine's "2013 Best Courses You Can Play In California" list. The publication also named Barona Creek as the third best resort course in California and 28th on its list of resort properties nationwide.

"We are very proud that Barona Creek has consistently been ranked by Golfweek as one of the top courses in California," said Clifford LaChappa, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. "The fact that we are ranked with the best golf courses in the country is a tribute to the commitment to quality by our Tribe and our entire golf course staff."

Continued Chairman LaChappa, "Since opening in 2001, we have been focused on giving our players the best golf experience possible. To be in the same company of courses such as Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Pasatiempo is a strong example that we are conveying those efforts to our players and the golf industry."

Top 5 Best Courses You Can Play In California Rankings:

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach 
2. Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach
3. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz 
4. Rustic Canyon, Moorpark
5. Barona Creek Golf Club, San Diego

"Our Golfweek's Best Courses issue has become one of our more anticipated issues of the season, and one we always look forward to producing," said Golfweek Editor Jeff Babineau. "Our readers are passionate about the places they play, and our raters are equally passionate in ranking the thousands of venues they visit. We're happy to know the hard work that goes into compiling our annual lists will provide great fodder for conversation and debate at the 19th hole."

Since beginning its rating system in 1997, Golfweek has developed the most respected ranking structure in the industry. Golfweek's expert team of course raters, which currently boasts nearly 750 evaluators, rates each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek's 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, Golfweek raters have turned in more than 55,000 votes. Golfweek's Best Courses lists include: Modern, Classic, Casino, Municipal, Campus, Residential, Resort, Canadian, Caribbean & Mexico, Great Britain & Ireland and Courses You Can Play.

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
Barona Resort & Casino, an AAA Four Diamond rated property, 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 features 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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