Golf Connoisseur Names 'The 100 Most Prestigious Private Clubs in America'; Unique Club Rankings are Based on More Than Just the Course

Feb 17, 2006, 00:00 ET from Riggs Heinrich Media

    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.
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     "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.
     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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