News for the Hospitality Executive
Golf Inc. Magazine Names Benchmark Hospitality’s Bedford
Old Course the #1 Renovation of 2007;
Annual Awards Competition Recognizes “Renovation of the Year”
|The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 2008 … Benchmark
Hospitality International has announced that the restoration of the Bedford
Springs Resort Old Course has been honored by Golf Inc. magazine as the
“2007 Renovation of the Year.” Greg French, vice president, golf
operations for Benchmark, made the announcement. Benchmark Hospitality
operates Bedford Springs Resort, which is located in Bedford, Pennsylvania.
“We are thrilled that the Old Course has been honored with the Renovation
of the Year award by Golf Inc.,” said Mr. French. “An immense amount
of research, planning, energy and resources went into this important project
to ensure authenticity and proper restoration of this historically important
course. This honor is an endorsement of this accomplishment!”
The meticulously renovated Bedford Springs Resort Old Course returned to its original luster following completion of a project that retraced the footsteps of three revolutionary American golf course architects -- Spencer Oldham (1895), A.W. Tillinghast (1912) and Donald Ross (1923). Select golf holes at Bedford Springs are thought to be some of the first golf holes in America.
This unique and historic collaboration of golf holes stretches across the foot of the Allegheny Mountains along Shobers Run creek, weaving amid 200-year-old oaks and the serene meadows of picturesque Bedford Springs Valley. The par 72, which ranges from 5,050 to a maximum of 6,785 yards, features bent grass greens, fairways and tees, with rough consisting of bluegrass and fescue.
“We are pleased to honor the industry’s leaders in what is a very active, but often overlooked segment of this industry,” said Chase Peckham, associate publisher of Golf Inc., which presented awards in several categories. “The quality of entries was exceptionally high.”
Entrants were evaluated anonymously on four criteria: how well the renovation achieved the overall project goal, course routing, improvement of the course aesthetics, and improvement in playability and maintainability.
The Bedford Springs Old Course is open to the public, with preferred
tee times reserved for VIP Club individuals and families, and resort guests.
For information or tee times call (866) 623-8168 or visit www.bedfordspringsresort.com.
Bedford Springs Resort is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the ultimate luxury collection featuring more than 165 exceptional hotels and resorts in the most desirable locations around the world.
Bedford Resort Partners, Ltd. is the owner and developer of the Bedford
Springs Resort project.
|Also See:||Historic 1923 Donald Ross Course at Landmark Bedford Springs Resort Under Restoration; Includes Vintage Holes by Oldham, 1895; Tillinghast, 1912; Ross, 1923 / August 2006|
|Following $120 million Facelift, the Bedford Springs Resort's Historic Character Mostly Preserved; The South-central Pennsylvania Resort Expects Summer Reopening / March 2007|