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Sugarloaf Golf Club named Maine's best by Golf Digest

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (January 16, 2013) - For the 26th time in its history, the Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley has been recognized as Maine's top course by Golf Digest in the magazine's February 2013 issue.

 The Robert Trent Jones, Jr-designed course has held the top spot among Maine courses nearly every year since it opened in 1985. Known for its challenging layout and awe-inspiring vistas, the Sugarloaf Golf Club has received numerous accolades from industry publications over the years. 

"It's always a huge honor to be included in the Golf Digest rankings," Sugarloaf Director of Golf John DeBiase said. "The fact that Sugarloaf has been ranked number one in the state so many times speaks volumes about the incredible design and unmatched experience that the course provides." 

The course has undergone a number of maintenance initiatives over the past several years, most notably a new $1.7 million irrigation system, which was installed in 2012. In addition, holes five and six have been renovated over the past two years, and course crews have undertaken aggressive cultural practices to improve turf resilience in Sugarloaf's challenging mountain climate. 

Golf Digest has ranked courses throughout the country since 1966, and its biennial course rankings are widely regarded as the most respected and influential in the industry. The rankings are done by a panel of roughly 1000 male and female golfers, who travel to and play courses around the nation, rating them on criteria including shot value, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, and ambiance. 

For more information on the Sugarloaf Golf Club, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/summer. For more information on Golf Digest, please visit www.golfdigest.com