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Magazine ranks 2 Freeman Golf courses


Scottsdale, Ariz. (June 20, 2019) – Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island and Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware have been recognized as the No. 1 and No. 5 respectively by Golfweek in the publication’s "2019 Best Courses You Can Play in Each State" list. Both properties are owned by Carl M. Freeman Golf, a division of Carl M. Freeman Companies, and are managed by Troon.

Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island, Del., ranked No. 1 in Delaware on Golfweek magazine's Best Courses You Can Play list.

Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island, Del., ranked No. 1 in Delaware on Golfweek magazine's Best Courses You Can Play list.

Bayside Resort Golf Club opened for play in 2005 and is the state’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The stunning course meanders along the Assawoman Bay coastline and winds through magnificent pine forests. Golfers enjoy three distinctly different golf experiences as some holes are richly tree-lined, others wind through marshland and some boast wide-open fairways.

Bear Trap Dunes offers one of the area's most unique and memorable golf experiences on the East Coast. Designed by Rick Jacobson, a former associate of Jack Nicklaus, the 27-hole facility features three different nine-hole courses, named Grizzly, Kodiak and Black Bear. Winding Bent grass fairways are lined with native wetland grasses and natural sand dunes.

Among the criteria used by Golfweek's panel of course raters include:

  • Ease and intimacy of routing - The extent to which the sequence of holes follows natural contours and unfolds in an unforced manner.
  • Variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s - Different clubs hit; extent to which the angles of play create interesting and varied playing options; and extent to which holes offer variety of options from the tee and on the second shot.
  • Basic quality of conditioning - Variety of playing textures; extent of turf coverage; consistency and quality of bunker sand.
  • Walk in the park test - Degree to which the course ultimately is worth spending a half-day on.

For more information on Bayside Resort Golf Club, visit For more information on Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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