Somerby Golf Community in Byron has been included on a list of Top 100 residential courses in the nation by Golfweek Magazine. Photo by David Richards
By David Richards
Golfweek Magazine has named Somerby Golf Club one of the top 100 best residential courses in the country.
The ranking was unveiled in Golfweek's 2012 Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes and was based on rating ballots submitted by Golfweek course raters nationwide.
"It's quite an honor," said Kurtis Pitcher, Somerby's general manager.
"There are some pretty prestigious clubs in that group. For success nowadays, it has to be more than about golf."
Somerby certainly is that.
Opened in 2004, the location is not only home to an elaborate housing community and a golf course that features large greens, but also to a clubhouse that includes enough room for two restaurants, a wedding-reception facility and an outdoor pool.
"It's grown every year, even in the worst economic times," Pitcher said. "That's a credit to the owners and the membership."
Somerby is owned by Ames Construction out of Burnsville. Golfweek course-ranking panelists apply a number of criteria when considering each course, including not limited to ease and intimacy of routing, variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s, basic quality of conditioning, variety of playing textures and their 'walk-in-the-park test', (the degree to which the course ultimately is worth spending a half-day on).
Somerby was ranked #56 in the national ranking with an average rating 6.57. The top course in the ranking was Rock Creek in Deer Lodge, Montana who posted an average ranking of 7.93. Somerby was ahead of other notables such as Desert Highlands in Scottsdale, Ariz. (#60 - 6.5 average rating), Isleworth in Orlando, Fla. (#85 - 6.33 average rating) and Kiawah Island - River in Kiawah, S.C. (#86 - 6.33 average rating), to name a few.
"Hats off to our golf and agronomy team who day in and day out deliver a 'Top 100' experience for our members and guests throughout the golf season," Pitcher said.
Somerby Golf Course, co-designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought, boasts a par-72, 7,209-yard layout fashioned with an emphasis on strategy and visual appeal.
The Club and community at Somerby is consistently honored as one of the top ten best courses in the state of Minnesota by Golf Digest and was also honored by Links Magazine's as a Premier Property for 2009-2010 being recognized as "Best For Families."
For more information about Somerby and Somerby Golf Club visit www.somerby.com or call (507) 775-3700.