The Quarry at Black Diamond Ranch Ranked No. 15 on Golfweek’s ‘Best Residential Courses’


LECANTO, FL – November 2, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Quarry at Black Diamond Ranch – the famed Tom Fazio design in Citrus County, Fla. – is No. 15 on Golfweek’s annual list of the “Best Residential Courses” in America.

The magazine’s latest issue places Black Diamond Ranch in the upper echelon of U.S. golf communities and makes The Quarry the highest-ranked residential course in golf-rich Florida, home to more than 1200 courses. The Quarry is hewn through the steep cliffs and lakes of two retired limestone quarries, creating one of the most sought after golf experiences in the country.

The residential rankings are derived directly from Golfweek’s annual list of America’s Best Courses, published since 1997. More than 350 raters throughout the country evaluate courses on the basis of 10 criteria. Rankings are calculated using a statistically rigorous process.

“Golfweek is one of the game’s foremost authorities and we are honored to be included on its list,” says David McDonald, president of Escalante Golf, owner and operator of Black Diamond Ranch. “The ranking is a testament to The Quarry’s best-in-class service, unparalleled layout and its relationship to the overall community plan.”

Escalante Golf’s mission is to create a progressive, conscientious master plan to help guide the future of Black Diamond Ranch’s real estate and golf programs. The company purchased Black Diamond Ranch in March 2011 from visionary founder Stan Olsen, who created the golf and country club in 1987.

For more information on Black Diamond:, (817) 386-9721.

About Black Diamond Ranch

Featuring three Tom Fazio-designed courses – The Quarry, The Ranch and The Highlands – Black Diamond Ranch has established itself as Florida’s No. 1 residential golf community since 1987.

The Quarry Course, set amongst limestone cliffs, live oak trees, dogwoods, myrtles and magnolias, has been ranked one of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” by Golf Digest and among the “Top 100 Courses in the U.S.” by GOLF Magazine. Black Diamond Ranch has earned a place on LINKS Magazine’s list of “America’s 100 Premier Properties.”

Completed in 1997, The Ranch Course was carefully crafted to gently blend into its natural surroundings. Reminiscent of Pine Valley, The Ranch Course sports rolling fairways and dramatic elevation changes of over 100 feet. With stunning hilltop views of up to 25 miles, the nine-hole Highlands Course (also completed in 1997), is a magnificent mix of lush, rippling fairways, stands of oak and pine, pristine water features and mesmerizing natural beauty.

About Escalante Golf

Established in 1991, Escalante Golf is a boutique owner and operator of luxury golf properties nationwide, including California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Indiana. Operating partners David McDonald, Elcio Silva, Robert Silva and David Matheson direct the Escalante team with offices in Fort Worth, Texas.

For more information:, (817) 386-9721.

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