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"2009 Golfweek's
Best Resort Courses."

Golfweek Magazine

MESA, Arizona – In the 11th annual Golfweek's Best Courses, the editors of Golfweek magazine named Longbow Golf Club to its list of "2009 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses."

"We are thrilled and honored to receive recognition from Golfweek," said Jay Larscheid, General Manager. "I think we all knew that Longbow would garner accolades such as this, and it's truly gratifying to have agreement from one of the golf world's most influential publications. We've simply stayed focused on our pledge to our guests to provide the highest standards in terms of service and playing conditions. It's obvious that this formula has paid off."

Longbow was ranked 89 out of 100, which, at first glance may seem a bit dubious. However, when one considers the caliber of golf clubs placed further up the list – Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Whistling Straits, to name a few – it's clear that Longbow has earned a place among golf's elite resort courses.

Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use development, being developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, that incorporates office, light industrial, retail and hotel uses surrounded by desert vegetation and a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Daedalus is a Phoenix-based commercial real estate services company that provides investment, development and communications consulting to corporate real estate clients. To learn more about Longbow Golf Club or to book a tee time call 480.807.5400 or visit

Longbow Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 31 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management visit

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3640 Players Club Drive
Southport, NC
USA 28461


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The Players Club, Southport, NC

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tim cate's players club

Amen corner at Augusta has spawned many imitators, some ironic, some not. The Players Club at the St. James Plantation in this southern North Carolina town has its own version, Nos. 6, 7 and 8.

The course was designed by Carolinian Tim Cates, who is known for assembling layouts with the back-teers in mind. A left-handed designer who likes to design his courses for left-handers. He also designed it from the back tees. Hence: The Players.

With plenty of native marsh area, this course offers an abundance of wildlife and scenic views of the natural wetlands. The conservative fairways mimic the level terrain, while the greens vary in contour, offering an assortment of undulation and sloping. This course is always well-maintained, with special attention paid to the putting surfaces.

There is some debate on which course is the harder of the two, The Founders or Players. To some, they're equally as tough; it's just a matter if you want to struggle off the tee or around the green.

The Verdict:The Players is obviously harder off the tee than The Founders, and you have to be a strong hitter to reach some of the greens. It makes you think more off the tee than The Founders, whose treachery doesn't start until the green approaches.

It is imminently playable, even for bogey golfers, if they can get through those holes with the devilish carries.

The Players is the least developed of the plantation's three courses, opening in 1997, and so is saturated with fewer homes to intrude. The back nine, for example, has few houses built along the holes.

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    The CLUBS
          at St. James Plantation:

    • The Founders Club (P.B. Dye)
    • The Members Club (Hale Irwin)
    • The Players Club (Tim Cates)
    • The Reserve Club
         (Nicklaus Design)

    Package Rates 2011:
    Jan 20 – Feb 16
    Feb 17 26 – Mar 2
    Mar 3 – 16
    Mar 17 – Apr 24
    Apr 25 – May 8
    May 9 – May 22
    May 23 – Sep 7

course notes

18 holes, 6,947 yards,
par 72, 73.7 rating, slope 139

Designed by:
Tim Cate

Course Opened:
Course Type/Style:
Number of Tee Boxes:
5 sets
Total Number of Sand Bunkers:
Number of Water Hazards:
12 of 18 holes
Most Challenging Hole:
No. 6
Most Memorable Hole:
No. 7
Signature Hole:
No. 14
Acreage of Course:
200 acres
Average Size of Greens:
6,400 sq. ft.

Primary Grasses
Bermuda grass
Bermuda grass
Bent grass

Months Open:
January – December
High Season:

March – May

Aerification: May 9 – 12
Overseeding: Sep 19 – 25
Rounds per year: 42,000

Walking Options:
Mandatory Cart

Director of Golf:
Dave Kjome, PGA
Head Pro:
Dave Kjome, PGA
Grayson Grainger,GCSAA

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