Golf season is in full swing, and Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is offering great vacation packages that provide golfers of all levels with the opportunity to play some of the most coveted courses. Marriott’s golf resorts offer full-service lodging, attentive service, handsomely stocked pro shops and world-class courses designed by the likes of Arthur Hills, Donald Ross and Ted Robinson. For added convenience, Marriott golfers can read course profiles, view pictures and even book tee times online at www.marriottgolf.com (for select locations). With these great deals there’s never been a better time to get out and hit the links.
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa - Indian Wells, Calif. - Unlimited Golf Package ($129-$199): Includes overnight accommodations in a resort-view room, golf for two with unlimited play (first tee time is guaranteed, subsequent tee times based on availability), range balls and cart fees (ask for rate code GLFD)*. Available June 1 - Aug. 31, 2002. Choose between two 18-hole, Ted Robinson-designed championship courses at the Golf Resort at Indian Wells. Both the East and West courses feature lush greens, rolling fairways, pristine lakes, natural desert landscaping and breathtaking views of the surrounding Santa Rosa mountains. Named among the “Top 10 Resorts in California” by California Golf magazine and honored as one of Golf magazine’s “Silver Medal Resorts,” the facility also offers the new Callaway Golf Performance Center. Guests can now experience the same state-of-the-art club fitting technology used by touring professionals.
Marriott’s Griffin Gate Resort - Lexington, Ky. $184 Escape Golf Package: Includes overnight accommodations in Griffin Gate Gardens and 18 holes of golf for two with cart (ask for rate code GLFR)*. Available Apr. 4 - Nov. 23, 2002. Located in the heart of Bluegrass horse country, the par-72, 6,830-yard Griffin Gate Course was designed by Rees Jones, son of revered architect Robert Trent Jones. Host to the Senior PGA Tour and Bank One Classic, this fast track is sculpted from the surrounding hills and is challenge for both beginners and professionals. There are very few flat putts, and gaping bunkers guard every green. Water is in play on 12 of 18 holes.
JW Marriott Hotel - Mirage City, Cairo (Opening Summer 2002) - US$99 Golf Package: Includes deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast for two and 18 holes of golf for two with cart. (To book, call the hotel directly at 011-20-2-408-5041.) Offer ends Aug. 31, 2002. The Mirage City Golf Club offers a truly unique golfing experience. European architect Peter Harradine has transformed the once baron desert into plush tree-lined fairways with countless lakes, streams and waterfalls, ensuring that golfers of all skill levels have an unforgettable round. Complementing the course is a spectacular clubhouse and a floodlit practice facility that includes a driving range and golf academy with two expatriate PGA professionals, video lessons and playing lessons. For the non-golfer, the 428-bedroom, five-star JW Marriott hotel also offers a world-class spa and water park.
Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort and Spa - Palm Desert, Calif. - Summer Golf Package ($109 weekday/$169 weekend): Includes overnight accommodations in a resort-view room, 18 holes of golf for two, range balls, bag tags and golf club valet service (ask for rate code GLFF weekday/GLFG weekend)*. Available Jun. 16 - Aug. 29, 2002. With two exceptional 18-hole championship courses set against the ever-changing background of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Marriott’s Desert Springs is a golfer’s delight. Both the Palm and Valley courses were designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson, known as the “King of Waterscapes.” The par-72, 6,627-yard Valley Course features classic Robinson design elements with effective water usage, palm tree-framed, multi-tiered greens and undulating fairways. It was nominated by Golf Digest magazine as best new resort course in 1988. The par-72, 6,761-yard Palm Course, also nominated by Golf Digest magazine as best new resort course, winds around the resort`s waterways and through the vacation villas. The signature #17 is a 160-yard, par-three completely surrounded by water and accessible only by a footbridge. An elevated tee and a multi-level waterfall cascading into the lake below make it one of the most picturesque holes in the desert. The resort also features a unique, 350-yard, 18-hole putting course, complete with water hazards, sand bunkers and rough.
Mountain Shadows Marriott Resort and Golf Club - Scottsdale, Ariz. - $249 Escape Golf Package: Includes overnight deluxe accommodations, buffet breakfast for two, unlimited golf for two at Mountain Shadows Executive Golf course, unlimited hard court tennis and daily use of the hotel’s fitness center (ask for rate code GLFD)*. Available May 5-31, 2002. One of the best kept secrets in the southwest, Marriott`s Mountain Shadows Golf Club is a par-57, 3,081-yard executive course rated among the top ten executive courses in the United States. Camelback Mountain provides a scenic backdrop to 16 par-three and two par-four holes that challenge golfers to use every club in their bag. Evening golfers enjoy spectacular sunsets as they finish the 18th hole and look toward the Squaw Peak Mountains on the west side of the course.
Renaissance Quail Hollow Resort - Cleveland, Ohio - $279 Escape Golf Package: Includes deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast for two and 18 holes of golf for two on the resort’s “course of the day” (ask for rate code GLFB)*. Available Apr. 1 - Nov. 17, 2002. The Renaissance Quail Hollow Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf courses that extend unique challenges amidst long tree-lined fairways peppered with lakes, creeks and wetlands. The par-72 Devlin/Von Hagge course, home to the PGA Tour’s Buy.Com Cleveland Open, features fast, well-bunkered and undulating greens. The par-71 Weiskopf/Morrish, rated the ninth best new upscale course in the U.S. by Golf Digest magazine, has water hazards on eight holes and challenging greens that vary between large and small.
Seaview Marriott Resort and Spa - Galloway, N.J. - Seaview Golf Package ($399 weekday/$469 weekend): Includes deluxe overnight accommodation for two, breakfast for two and a round of golf for two on either the Bay Course or Pines Course (ask for rate code GLRB weekday/GLFG weekend)*. Offer ends Oct. 5, 2002. Seaview Marriott Resort and Spa is one of only four resorts in the northeast and is the only one in New Jersey to be honored as a “Silver Medallist” in Golf magazine’s February 2002 edition of America’s Best Resorts. The property offers two USGA-rated, 18-hole championship courses. The Bay Course, which was constructed by renowned Scottish designer Donald Ross, just completed renovations in March 2002 that restored it to its original 1914 design. This par-71, 6247-yard, links-style layout hugs Reeds Bay and offers challenging greens with skyline views of Atlantic City. The Seaview Marriott’s second course, the Pines Course, offers a more traditional design with narrow fairways and well-protected landing areas. The recently renovated par-71, 6,731-yard course has been recognized by Golf magazine as one of the “Top Challenges” in the country. The resort also features an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa on the property.
Marriott’s Grand Hotel Resort, Golf Club and Spa - Point Clear, Ala. - Bucky Package (starting at $249): Named for Bucky Miller, the resort’s hospitality ambassador, this package includes deluxe overnight accommodations for two, breakfast for two and a round of golf for two with cart (ask for rate code GLFA)*. Available Apr. 22 -Sept. 5, 2002. Marriott’s Grand Hotel is situated on 550 acres on scenic Mobile Bay and offers 36 holes of championship golf. The Dogwood and Azalea courses are aptly named, with towering trees and colorful shrubs defining every tee box and fairway. Majestic magnolias and historic oaks draped in Spanish moss define the course, and highlights include the 18th tee on Dogwood which is adjacent to a Civil War cemetery, and the signature #14 on Azalea, a 521-yard, par-five that requires an approach shot to a picturesque island green. The classic architectural features of the courses accommodate golfers of all skill levels, and guests are welcome to play “The Old Rotation,” which is a selection of eighteen holes from both the Azalea and Dogwood courses.
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa - Oahu, Hawaii - $399 Deluxe Golf Package: Includes deluxe overnight accommodations in an ocean-view room, 18 holes of golf for two, complimentary range balls and a golf amenity. (A two-night minimum stay is required. To book, call toll-free in the U.S. and Canada 800-626-4446 or (808) 679-0079 from Hawaii.)* Offer ends Dec. 26, 2002. The Ted Robinson-designed, 18-hole championship course at the Ko Olina Golf Club is set amidst a backdrop of towering mountains and features spectacular water treatments with cascading waterfalls and shimmering pools. The course has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.” and has been host to the LPGA Tour (1990-1995) and the Senior PGA Tour (1992). Demanding par-threes, well bunkered greens and gentle trade-winds challenge experienced golfers to use every club in their bag, while large landing areas and varied tee locations provide golfers of all skill levels with an enjoyable round.
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club - St. Petersburg, Fla. - Golf Escape Package (starting at $199): Includes deluxe overnight accommodations, 18 holes of golf for two, bag storage, unlimited range balls and a $25 dining or golf shop merchandise credit (per room, per night). Discounted replay on the same day may be available, and a non-golfing partner may substitute their golf round for a manicure and a mineral spa at the resort’s day spa (ask for rate code GLFA or GLFB water-view)*. Available May 5 - Sept. 28, 2002.
Great golf awaits at the Renaissance Vinoy. The hotel’s private par-72, 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Ron Garl and is located within a bird sanctuary and wetlands. The fairways are wide open, and the greens are well bunkered. Both salt- and fresh-water hazards come into play on fourteen holes, so shot accuracy is a must.
For more information or reservations, contact the Marriott Worldwide Reservations Center at (800) 228-9290 in the U.S., your local travel agent, your local Marriott Global Sales Office, or visit www.marriottgolf.com.