Whispering Pines #55 in Golf Digest Top 100 Courses in America

March 29th 2017 - TRINITY—Whispering Pines Golf Club, ranked the #1 golf course in the State of Texas for most of the past ten years, has jumped up to No. 55 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Courses in America biennial rankings. After debuting at an impressive No. 75 in the 2013-2014 rankings, Whispering Pines climbed seven spots to No. 68 in the 2015-2016 rankings and now is No. 55 in the 2017-2018 rankings.  The course is currently ranked in the Top 100 Courses of America in three major golf publications - Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek.
“Just to be recognized as a Top 100 golf course in America is a tremendous honor. It’s very gratifying to see our progression up the rankings list, a tribute to our dedicated staff and loyal membership,” said Corby Robertson, Founder of Whispering Pines Golf Club. “Most importantly, the course serves as a means to support our charitable missions and to promote the global goodwill of golf.”
Each approved Golf Digest rater is required to play the course before submitting a score using the seven category rating system. The following criteria categories are used: Shot Values, Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Ambience. To arrive at a course final score, the total is averaged in the seven categories with double–weight in the shot values portion. A course needs 45 evaluations over the past eight years to be eligible for America’s 100 Greatest List.
Located outside Trinity, Texas along the northern shores of Lake Livingston, Whispering Pines Golf Club was designed by Chet Williams and showcases the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. It offers its philanthropic membership a secluded and first-class golf experience.  Since opening in 2000, Whispering Pines has received national honors. Golf Digest listed Whispering Pines the “Third Best New Private Course in America”, the “Best in Texas” and 11th in America’s 50 Greatest Golf Retreats. In Texas, the Dallas Morning News –Texas Golf Course Rankings has named Whispering Pines as the #1 golf course in the state eight out of the past ten years.  

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. Past Champions of The Spirit International  include Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Yani Tseng, Alexis Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Brandt Snedeker, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, and Jordan Spieth. Whispering Pines Golf Club is also the host site for The Big 12 Conference Men’s Golf Championships.
The 2017 Spirit International will be played October 30– November 4. 
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.