Golf News for Monday, January 14, 2013 | Courses

Sun Valley's Trail Creek golf course gets nod from Golf Digest

SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- The Trail Creek golf course at Sun Valley Resort ( has been named to Golf Digest's "Best in State" biennial listings, capturing one of 10 top spots for private, resort and public courses throughout Idaho.

The listing appears in the February 2013 edition of the international leading golf publication, released on its iPad version recently and in the print edition that will hit newsstands this month. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. layout ranked ninth among an elite list, and was only one of four public courses officially ranked.

"Trail Creek is a perennial favorite for its classic resort routing, stunning views of Bald Mountain and Trail Creek, and its overall playability," says Rick Hickman, Director of Golf at Sun Valley Resort. "Guests return because it's a fun course to enjoy, with plenty of risk-and-reward holes."

The 6,968-yard, par-72 course - one of three at the south-central mountain resort - will open its 2013 golf season in late April or early May. The resort began renovations of its first hole late in late fall, anticipated to be complete in early July.

Features include the breathtaking seventh hole, with an elevated tee box offering picture-perfect views and a forced carry over the babbling Trail Creek, and the 17th hole, the longest and toughest par 3 on the course.

Courses are rated by panelists based on seven criteria: shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience. Sun Valley was also named one of Golf Digest's Top 75 Golf Resorts in America in late 2012, and is consistently ranked nationally as a best-in-state public course.

Sun Valley's 2013 golf package offering for both its Trail Creek and White Clouds courses will be released in early spring, including its popular Early Birdie special. See or call or call 800-786-8259 for information on tee times and events throughout the 2013 golf season.

About Sun Valley Resort
Founded in 1936 as America's first ski resort and the recognized inventor of the chairlift, Sun Valley Resort ( in the Idaho mountains hosts four-season activities for active-lifestyle vacationers and business travelers, regional guests and families. Continuously modernizing amenities and service standards, Sun Valley is perennially ranked "best of" by major international ski, golf and travel media.

Outdoor adventure enthusiasts enjoy championship-level skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, biking, golf, fishing, shooting, concerts, shopping, world-class restaurants, conference and special event space, ranking Sun Valley above other destination resorts for its array of active pursuits.

Originated by Union Pacific Railroad, the resort is privately held by the R. Earl Holding family, owner of Sinclair Oil Corporation. Sister properties include Snowbasin Ski Resort, Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel and Towers (all Salt Lake City, UT), Westgate Hotel, San Diego, CA, Little America Flagstaff, AZ, Little America, WY, and Little America, Cheyenne, WY. For more information about Sun Valley Resort:, 800.786.8259.

Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications, 703.403.5317

Janeen Driscoll, Buffalo Communications, 910.690.9711