Sugarloaf Golf Club recognized as Maine’s best by Golf Digest

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY – For the 25th time in its history, the Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley has been recognized as Maine’s best course by Golf Digest in the magazine’s May 2011 issue.

The Robert Trent Jones, Jr-designed course has held the top spot among Maine courses nearly every year since it first 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 a tremendous honor to have the course recognized in the Golf Digest rankings,” said Sugarloaf Head Professional Steve Niezgoda. “The fact that Sugarloaf has been ranked number one in the state so many times speaks to the incredible course design and the unmatched player experience that the course provides.”

The course has seen a number of maintenance initiatives over the past several years, which have helped to improve turf health and player friendliness. Under the guidance of course superintendent Robert Bruce, 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 been conducting its course rankings since 1966, and is considered one of the most respected rankings in the game. 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.

The Sugarloaf Golf Club will open for the resort’s annual “Ski & Tee Weekend” on May 14-15, offering guests the unique opportunity to ski and play nine holes all in the same day. The course will open for regular operations in late May.

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