NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Golf Connoisseur magazine announces the publication of its first major list, "The 100 Most Prestigious Private Clubs in America" as it hits Barnes & Noble newsstands today across the country. The clubs were judged by a panel of experts -- golf writers, players, administrators, and others -- on their history, upholding of the game's traditions, quality of the golf course, quality of the membership, and those intangibles that promote prestige. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060217/DAF020 ) "Every magazine with 'golf' in its title does lists," says James A. Frank, Editor-in-Chief of Golf Connoisseur, "but they're almost always about courses. Our list is different. As everyone who belongs to one knows, a club is much more than its course. A club is defined by the people who belong to it, the tradition that surrounds it, the history that shapes it, and the game of golf that unites us all. "Ranking clubs on prestige is a natural for Golf Connoisseur," says Frank. "Our audience of private-club members knows this world well. These are the clubs that they and their friends belong to." What makes these clubs special? * No. 1 Pine Valley, in Clementon, New Jersey, not only has a world- famous course, but also has its own police department; * Chicago Golf Club, No. 7, had the first 18-hole course in America and was the first club outside of the Northeast to host the U.S. Open; * Members of No. 15 Burning Tree, outside Washington, D.C., have led the Departments of State and Defense, plus many other federal agencies; * The Creek Club, No. 45, was founded by Vincent Astor, J.P. Morgan, and Marshall Field, and once had yachting facilities as well as a casino. The other clubs on the list (link below) include the old and new -- although clubs had to be at least five years old to qualify -- and stretch from Vermont to California, Montana to Florida. Many are well known, while some will surprise even golf insiders. Says Chris Riggs, Chairman, CEO, and President of Riggs Heinrich Media, publisher of Golf Connoisseur, "We had to create a different list because our readers are different. They know and expect the best in everything. Our list had to reflect their expectations of what makes a club special." Readers of Golf Connoisseur will be able to weigh in with their own opinions on the top 100 list as well as share their own experiences at these private clubs. Click on the link below to see Golf Connoisseur's 100 Most Prestigious Private Clubs in America. http://www.golfconnoisseur.com/index.jsp?secid=7&artid=0 Golf Connoisseur is a golf and luxury lifestyle magazine created for a unique audience of discerning readers who have the means, intelligence, and motivation to savor the finer things in life both on and off the course. Golf Connoisseur, with a BPA audited rate base of 235,000, is distributed at top golf and country clubs, luxury resorts, spas and casinos, airline lounges, on private jet fleets, and to professionals in select areas of the country. The magazine is also available at select Barnes & Noble bookstores and airport newsstands or by subscription. Golf Connoisseur is published bi-monthly by Riggs Heinrich Media.
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