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ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (January 2006) - Golfweek magazine has just announced their picks for “America’s Best Courses,” and The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village’s King & Bear was named to the list of  “America’s Top 100 Resort Courses in 2005.” This marks the first time the course has been named to the prestigious list, according to Terry Crawford, general manager of the 300-room resort.

           Named for its co-designers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus respectively, King & Bear opened in 2000 and is the only course designed collaboratively by the two golf greats. Featuring loblolly pines and open meadows on the front nine, and 200-year-old oak trees throughout the back nine, the 7,279-yard course challenges the skilled golfer, while providing player-friendly conditions for the novice. A signature feature of the course is the coquina rock that edges the placid lakes, and is also incorporated into several bunkers and cart paths.

           The highly respected distinction joins other awards recently bestowed on the resort. In 2005, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village was named to Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Resorts” list. The resort also received Meetings & Conventions magazine’s “Gold Tee Award,” which is given annually to the world’s finest golf resort properties.
            “We’re honored to be named to this prestigious list,” said Crawford. “This list represents the ‘best of the best’ and we’re pleased that King & Bear is receiving recognition as one of the best courses in the country.”

The Renaissance Resort is ideally situated in the heart of the beautifully landscaped 6,300-acre World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. In addition to featuring exceptional golf on King & Bear, the resort also features the popular Slammer & Squire course.

Other offerings at the resort include a 24-hour health club and sauna, professional golf simulator, large pool, hot tub, tennis courts, child activity program, billiard room, 24-hour business center, jogging trails, and full-service concierge. Guests also have privileges at the private oceanfront Serenata Beach Club, and have access to the PGA TOUR Golf Academy, the new PGA TOUR Spa Laterra, an 18-hole putting course, and Island Challenge Hole.

            The resort is conveniently located next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the renowned Walk of Champions, an IMAX® Theater, and a boutique avenue with an assortment of specialty shops and restaurants.

            In addition to its recreational offerings, The Renaissance Resort is the ultimate meeting destination for groups of all sizes with multiple interests. Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 10-story Renaissance Resort offers spectacular views overlooking the Village’s picturesque lake and golf courses, and features a towering open atrium lobby complete with running streams, a cascading waterfall, and exotic 30-foot palms.  Limestone, marble and granite floors in the lobby set the stage for a grand resort.

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