The National Golf Course Owners Association will announce the winner at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego in February, from a group that includes Forest Dunes GC, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC, TPC Boston and Heron Point at Sea Pines Resort.
Finalists for the 2015 Course of the Year Award conferred by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NCGOA) include Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon, Mich.: Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, Maricopa, Ariz.; TPC Boston, Norton, Mass., and Heron Point at Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C., the organization announced on December 16.
The award recognizes member-owned courses that excel in four categories: course quality, ownership and management, contributions to the community and contributions to the game. The Course of the Year winner will be announced on February 10 at the Golf Business Conference hosted by NGCOA in San Diego, in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show.
Forest Dunes GC opened in 2002 and its course features a number of intriguing challenges, the NGCOA says, including wide-open meadows, hardwoods, century-old red and jack pines, rugged native dunes, scruffy sand areas and water features.
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC is locally owned by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, which purchased the club to annex property originally occupied by the tribe. Ak-Chin’s golf course features 18 holes designed by Brian Curley, Lee Schmidt and Fred Couples. Troon Golf oversees club operations and maintains the golf course at tournament conditions year-round.
TPC Boston is situated on close to 400 acres in Norton, Mass., outside the city. Arnold Palmer Golf Design originally designed the course, with construction beginning in August 2000 and initial completion in October 2001. The course opened for play in June 2002 and hosted its first PGA TOUR event in September 2003. A redesign in 2006 by Hanse Golf Course Design was key in elevating the course’s competitive interests, the NGCOA says, and as a testament to its excellence, TPC Boston has held a TOUR event each year since.
Heron Point at Sea Pines Resort is a course that showcases the prowess and unlimited imagination of Pete Dye’s architectural genius, NGCOA says. The property features knotted hardwoods, lagoons and salt marshes teeming with wildlife, and at 7,000 yards from the back tees, the course offers a fusion of short and long holes.