April 5th 2012
WPGC receives seventh #1 ranking by Dallas Morning News
Dallas, TEXAS—For the seventh year in a row, The Dallas Morning News named Whispering Pines Golf Club the No. 1 Texas Golf Course in their Texas Golf 2012 Edition. Since The Dallas Morning News published its first annual state golf rankings in 1989 only one other course has held the No. 1 ranking for seven consecutive years: Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas from 1989-1995.
“Being ranked #1 doesn’t get old,” said Eric Fredricksen, President of The Spirit Golf Association, “And a #1 ranking in Texas is especially important to the staff and members at Whispering Pines. Texas is home to so many superb courses and amazing golfers who truly love and respect the game. Holding the top spot in such a competitive category that includes the most beautiful and challenging courses Texas has to offer is an honor we don’t take for granted.”
The top ten courses recognized in the Dallas Morning News- Texas Golf 2012 publication are: (1) Whispering Pines Golf Club, Trinity (2) Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas (3) Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth (4) Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas (5) Cordillera Ranch, Boerne (6) Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas (7) Vaquero, Westlake (8) Boot Ranch, Fredericksburg (9) Escondido, Horseshoe Bay (10) Club at Carlton Woods, Nicklaus Course, The Woodlands
The Dallas Morning News “Best in Texas Golf” rankings are recognized as the most prestigious state golf rankings. A panel of 120 professional and amateur golf enthusiasts from across Texas submits votes to comprise the rankings. Each panelist is required to vote only for the courses they play, using a 10-point ranking criteria based on versatility, shot making, remembrance, beauty, conditioning, and overall enjoyment.
Located along the northern shores of Lake Livingston, Whispering Pines Golf Club showcases the beautiful piney woods of East Texas and offers members a secluded and first-class golf experience. Since opening in 2000, Whispering Pines has received numerous outstanding honors. Golf Digest listed Whispering Pines the “Third Best New Private Course in America”, the “Best in Texas” (state rankings) and 11th in America’s 50 Greatest Golf Retreats. Golf Magazine, Golfweek and Links Magazine currently rank Whispering Pines among the Top 100 Golf Courses in America.
Dedicated to hosting the finest amateur events, Whispering Pines hosts The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. A biennial event, The Spirit International showcases the best men and women amateur players from 20 countries. Whispering Pines Golf Club is also the host site for The Big 12 Conference Men’s Golf Championships, April 26 - 29, 2012.
The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 c- 3 charitable organization, is responsible for the Whispering Pines Membership Program and tournament management of The Spirit International. The Texas Golf Association is the governing association for The Spirit International and The Big 12 Men’s Conference Championship.
For information on The Spirit Golf Association membership and Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship opportunities visit www.thespiritgolf.com or contact The Spirit Golf Association office at 281-298-2610.