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Black Desert named distinguished golf destination

St. George, Utah (April 23, 2024) – Black Desert has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Golf Destination designation by BoardRoom magazine in partnership with Forbes Travel Guide. Each year, BoardRoom magazine in partnership with Forbes Travel Guide recognize a select number of exceptional resort, semi private, daily fee or public golf courses that exceed expectations in the quality of service, facilities, governance and most importantly the teamwork of the staff and management.

“Quality leadership, exceptional golf experiences and clean and pristine facilities are the elements which have come together to create an outstanding and distinguished organization that truly stands out among its’ peers. We are incredibly proud of Black Desert for what this facility has accomplished, and I have no doubt that their guests are equally proud to be a part of such a wonderful property,” said John Fornaro, publisher and co-founder of BoardRoom.

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Developed by industry leaders, BoardRoom Magazine and Forbes Travel Guide, the Distinguished Golf Destinations award is the most prestigious and valuable designation a resort, semi private, daily fee or public golf course can achieve.  The Distinguished Golf Destinations award program is not a popularity contest where industry insiders simply decide who makes the cut behind the scenes. Instead, Distinguished Golf Destination status is earned through a process where every aspect of your facilities, course(s) and operation are evaluated against the most important of all measures: Golf Experience.

“Our promise from day one at Black Desert has been to deliver an exceptional golf experience,” said Patrick Manning, managing partner at Black Desert. “Thank you to BoardRoom for recognizing the efforts of our team and their dedication to carrying through on that promise.”

As a Troon Golf-managed facility, the daily fee golf experience and service at Black Desert are on par with the awe-inspiring natural surroundings and incredible Weiskopf design. Amenities include a creative snack bar specializing in unconventional finger foods that cure mid-round cravings, a text service for on-course, on-demand food and drink delivery, as well as high-tech carts with GPS and well-stocked coolers.

Surrounded by red rock mountains and carved amid ancient black lava fields, Black Desert opened for play in May of 2023 and is the last golf course designed by the great Tom Weiskopf prior to his passing away from pancreatic cancer in Aug. of 2022. The course is characterized by the presence of ancient basalt rock formations seamlessly integrated into the landscape, creating a visually stunning contrast against the lush green fairways. Recognized as one of the Best New Courses of 2023 by Golf Digest and one of the Top Resort Courses in the U.S. by Golfweek, Weiskopf's 19-hole golf course will host a PGA TOUR event this fall and an LPGA Tour tournament in 2025. Tickets for this year’s Black Desert Championship will be available in the coming months. Register for ticket notifications at

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About Black Desert Resort   
Reef Capital Partners is developing Black Desert Resort. Upon buildout, the property will offer 3000+ hotel rooms and residences; a concert venue; miles of trails through ancient lava flows; a waterpark; a wellness spa; and more than 250,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. In addition to the 19-hole, Weiskopf-designed golf course, guests of Black Desert will enjoy a 36-hole illuminated putting course for day or night play. The resort’s 19th Hole, an amphitheater-style lakeside-gathering place terraced into the black lava, will be the ultimate venue for winding down after a day of golf. To learn more about Black Desert Resort, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 875-plus locations in 45-plus states and 35-plus countries, including operational responsibility for 575-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf, ICON Management and Eventive Sports. For additional news and information, visit

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