BRAINERD, MN August 7, 2008–Golf Digest’s 2008 Best Places to Play rankings are out and the Dutch Legacy championship course received a 5 Star Rating. Only 24 courses in the United States received the 5 star rating. In addition, Bobby’s Legacy 18-hole championship courses received a rating of 4-1/2 stars. The “Comments” that were included in the 5 star rating included: An “interesting” and “very scenic, tough golf course.” Like its sister course, you’ll be “impressed with the service and hospitality along with the great golf experience.” “You will never have a course treat you as well as this one does.”

“We are thrilled to have achieved 5 STAR Status for our Dutch Legacy Course and retained our 4-1/2 Star Rating on Bobby’s Legacy, especially since they come from the readers of Golf Digest – people who have actually played our courses,” owner Dutch Cragun commented. “Our course superintendent, Matt McKinnon and his staff have created the beautiful playing environment, and Chuck Klecatsky, Director of Golf, and his staff have established the level of service to achieve these rankings. It is because of their attention to detail, hard work and dedication that we have developed a world-class golf experience.”

For the 2008 edition of Best Places to Play, 20,000 Golf Digest readers filled out course ballots, sharing their opinions and experience on more than 6,000 courses in North America and the Islands. Best Places to Play provides the most comprehensive information on public-access golf courses in North America. Golf Digest readers reviewed courses they played over the previous year and rated them using a five-point scale for five separate criteria: the overall golf experience, the value for the money, the standard of service at the facility, the overall conditioning of the course and the normal pace of play for an 18-hole round of golf.

In addition to the 5 star rankings from Golf Digest, the Legacy Courses were also named Golf Course of the Year in 2002 by the Midwest Golf Course Owners Association, Best in State by Golf Digest in 2005-2006 and Best Golf Resort by Minnesota Meeting & Events. The Legacy Courses at Cragun’s was only the second resort course in the world to qualify as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. As a member of the Brainerd Golf Trail, the Legacy Courses is also located in “One of the Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World,” according to Golf Digest.

According to noted St. Paul Pioneer Press golf writer Gregg Wong, the Brainerd Golf Trail is the Midwest’s Number One golf destination.

“I’ve played 20 of Golf Digest’s top 100 public courses, including seven of the top 16…I can honestly say that the Brainerd Golf Trail Courses rank with the best in the country,” said Wong.

For more information on the latest Golf Digest rating of the Legacy Courses at Cragun’s, contact: Chuck Klecatsky, Director of Golf, 218-825-2737.

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