Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ocean Course At Half Moon Bay Named Top 50 Course for Women

Arthur Hills Design on the Pacific receives Golf Digest Honor for second year

(HALF MOON BAY, Calif.) - The Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links - the world-class, 36-hole public golf resort set against the dramatic cliffs of the Pacific Ocean - has been named to "America's Top 50 Courses for Women" by Golf Digest for the second consecutive year.

Featured in the magazine's June issue, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is in elite company alongside several hosts to professional tour events and world famous resorts including Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, LPGA International and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Located 40 minutes south of San Francisco, the Ocean Course is ranked No.37 by Golf Digest. The Arthur Hills links-land design stretches 6,649 yards and provides a dash of Scottish flair. In 2008, the Ocean Course hosted the LPGA Samsung World Championship, featuring the world's best women golfers and won by Paula Creamer. It is also a regular site for U.S. Open Men's and Women's qualifiers.

"We are honored to be included by one of golf's most prestigious publications as a premier venue for female golfers," says Bill Troyanoski, General Manager. "Half Moon Bay Golf Links offers a variety of tee selections and two dramatically different golf courses to provide a challenging experience for players of all abilities."

Last July, the Ocean Course completed the initial phases of a "Links Enhancement," an agronomic transition to a fast, firm playing surface that emphasizes shot value and shot-making over sheer length and power. Additional adjustments included mowing rough down around bunkers to bring the hazards back into play on tee shots; cutting green complexes and surrounds to "just above green" mowing height to foster ball movement on the ground; and raising native fescue heights around tee boxes and between holes to provide golfers with visual, strategic cues about how to play holes and to enhance the links-style atmosphere. Smaller, on-going modifications will continue for both the Ocean and Old courses.

The Ocean Course opened in 1997 after an 11-year design and build process. It was quickly bestowed with numerous awards and accolades, including being named to Golf Digest's "Top Ten Best New Upscale" list in 1998.

For more information about Half Moon Bay Golf Links, visit www.halfmoonbaygolf.com or call 650.726.1800.

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