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Sugarloaf Golf Club ranked among top resort courses by Golfweek

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (November 15, 2016) - In a recent rating conducted by Golfweek Magazine of more than 15,000 golf courses, the Sugarloaf Golf Club was ranked 96th out of the top 200 resort courses in the United States.  

Sugarloaf was the only course in the state of Maine to be recognized on the list.  

Golfweek has conducted its course rankings since 1997, and is considered one of the most respected rankings in the industry. Each year, the publication enlists the services of course evaluators from all 50 states, who travel to and play courses around the nation, rating each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek's 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, Golfweek raters have turned in more than 65,000 votes.  

Sugarloaf was one of seven Robert Trent Jones, Jr-designed courses to make the top 200. Robert Trent Jones, Jones Jr's father, also had eight courses ranked in the top 200.    

Each course is rated upon routing, integrity of design, quality of shaping, overall land plan, greens and surrounds, variety of memorable par 3, par 4, and par 5 holes, tree and landscape management,  conditioning, and the "Walk in the Park" test.  

According to the course rater handbook, "there is stiff competition for Golfweek's Best Courses standing, with tremendous grade compression and small differences accounting for statistically enormous differences in ratings."  

Sugarloaf averaged a 6.10 course rating, with the top course (Pebble Beach) averaging 8.93.  

"It's a tremendous honor to have the course recognized in Golfweek's top resort course rankings," said Sugarloaf Head Professional Zach Zondlo. "The fact that Sugarloaf is the only Maine course among the rankings speaks not only to the incredible course design and the unmatched player experience that the course provides, but also to how difficult it is for a course to make this list."  

Consistently ranked one of the top courses in the state of Maine since opening in 1985, the Sugarloaf Golf Club has received numerous accolades from industry publications over the years. Sculpted into the mountainous terrain that lies in the Carrabassett River valley, this Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course is also one of the most challenging in the state. The most memorable holes on the course, the String of Pearls, feature a six-hole sequence that runs alongside the Carrabassett River.  

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

For more information on Golfweek, please visit www.golfweek.com.  

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Media Contact:

Noelle Tuttle | Sugarloaf Communications Manager | 207-237-6989 | ntuttle@sugarloaf.com  

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About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine