Royal County Down in Northern Ireland Tops Golf Digest's Ranking of the 100 Best Courses Outside the U.S.

    Supplemental Survey Includes Courses from 197 Nations and Territories;

    Largest Listing of the Planet's Golf Courses Ever Undertaken

    NEW YORK NEW YORK, March 28 /CNW/ - Golf Digest has compiled its second
biennial ranking of the 100 Best Courses Outside the U.S., a list that
features courses from 30 countries.

    The full ranking of the 100 Best Courses Outside the U.S. appears in the
magazine's May issue, on newsstands April 10. The list can also be viewed
online at

    The ranking is part of Golf Digest's fifth edition of Planet Golf, a
biennial feature in the magazine that looks at the best places to play around
the globe.

    Royal County Down G.C. in Northern Ireland is No. 1 among the 100 Best
Courses Outside the U.S., just edging out The Old Course at St. Andrews in
Scotland, which was No. 1 in the inaugural ranking in 2005. The remainder of
the Top 10 are: No. 3 Royal Dornoch G.C. (Scotland,) No. 4 Royal Portrush
(Northern Ireland,) No. 5 Muirfield (Scotland,) No. 6 Royal Melbourne G.C.
(Australia,) No. 7 Ballybunion G.C. (Ireland,) No. 8 Turnberry Hotel
(Scotland), No. 9 Carnoustie G. Links (Scotland) and No. 10 Cape Kidnappers
G.C. (New Zealand).

    To determine nominations, Golf Digest contacted golf associations,
federations and unions around the world, then compiled a comprehensive master
ballot of more than 1,000 of the best courses on Earth. The ballots were sent
to Golf Digest's 800-plus U.S.-based course-ranking panelists, to an informal
panel of roughly 100 overseas golfers who have knowledge of golf in specific
regions and to the editors of the magazine's 22 international editions plus
Golf Digest's five other affiliate titles.

    Courses were rated on a 10-point scale, using Golf Digest's course-rating
criteria for guidance. The criteria includes: shot values, resistance to
scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.
In all, 14,933 individual course evaluations were tabulated and averaged.

    Also part of Golf Digest's Planet Golf rankings is a supplemental listing
that includes courses from 197 nations and territories. This listing appears
in a booklet called The World's Greatest Golf, presented by Rolex, and will
accompany Golf Digest subscriber copies. The listing is also available online
now at

    Golf Digest is among the largest publications in the world, with 22
international editions plus five affiliate titles in 50 territories and 17

For further information:

For further information: Golf Digest Andrew Katcher, 212-630-2488 or Bret Hopman, 212-630-2490

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