Monday, October 5, 2009

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Ranked No. 1 in Florida

(NAPLES, Fla.) - The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples receives high accolades once again from Golf Digest in the 7th annual golf resorts survey. The resort ranks as the No. 1 golf resort in the state of Florida, and No. 32 out of the Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America and the Caribbean. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples has been named one of the "Top 75 Golf Resorts" every year since opening in 2002.

Golf Digest's course-rating panel, a group of more than 900 low-handicap golfers, rated hundreds of resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, on a scale of 1 ("awful") to 10 ("perfect"), then averaged their ratings and multiplied the result by 10 to come up with a score for each. They looked at various criteria including the quality of golf, lodging, food and service. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples received an overall score of 75 and joined four other Ritz-Carlton resorts on the list (Reynolds Plantation, Kapalua, Half Moon Bay and Grande Lakes Orlando).

The golf resort is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón and hosts the annual PGA TOUR Shark Shootout. The Tiburón Golf Course complex is complete with the Rick Smith Golf Academy, recognized as one of the top academies in the country. The Mediterranean-style sanctuary offers 295 well-appointed guest rooms, including 37 suites, most with views of the golf course. Guests of the resort enjoy exceptional dining options, a large picturesque pool area and access to all of the services and amenities at the neighboring Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort.

"From the very early stages of the project, I was confident this property had the characteristics of a world-class golf destination. As both the course designer and the host of The Shark Shootout, held for the ninth time at Tiburón later this year, it gives me tremendous satisfaction that others have taken notice of this exceptional resort," said Greg Norman, World Golf Hall of Fame Member and Tiburón course designer.

"We take great pride in providing a world-class golf experience for our guests," said vice president and managing director Ed Staros. "In a highly-visited golfing destination such as Florida, this is a tremendous honor and a testament to the dedication of our ladies and gentlemen."

Several golf packages are available at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. For reservations and more information, visit or call 800-241-3333.


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