Mariott Offers Military Discounts At Golf Courses

Hotel and resort chain Marriott is offering a discount golf program for active, reserve and retired military personnel. The “Fairway Furloughs” program covers 26 courses at 18 facilities, including the Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Fla.; Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Lihue, Hawaii; and Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.

Good for Marriott. As far as the GolfBlogger is concerned, we can’t do enough for our veterans. Mrs. GolfBlogger is an Air Force veteran of the first Gulf War.

Press release follows:

Marriott Golf Honors Nation’s Armed Forces With Launch Of “Fairway Furloughs” Military Golf Program

Marriott Celebrates America ’s Military Men And Women With New Program Offering Active, Reserve And Retired Military Personnel Tremendous Values
At 26 Acclaimed Marriott Golf Courses Throughout The U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla. – April 23, 2009…Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), today introduced the “Fairway Furloughs” Military Golf Program, designed to honor the nation’s Armed Forces.  In celebrating America ’s military men and women, and in advance of National Military Appreciation Month in May, the new program provides active, reserve and retired military personnel with tremendous values at 26 acclaimed Marriott Golf courses throughout the United States .

Starting today, members of the armed forces can take advantage of discounted green fees/carts, ranging from just $29 – $69.  This program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week, year round, at participating Marriott Golf courses.  Tee times can be made up to three days in advance, and a valid military ID card must be presented.  In some cases, select Marriott Golf properties will even extend the hours that the special offer is available, further enhancing the value of the program and enabling eligible military personnel to experience the Company’s prestigious collection of championship golf courses.

Participating courses in the “Fairway Furloughs” Military Golf Program include some of the country’s premier championship venues such as Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Fla.; Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Lihue, Hawaii; and Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga., among others.  In total, 26 golf courses located at 18 Marriott Golf properties will participate in the program, which will provide military personnel with arguably the greatest golf values in the country today.

“At a time when the country’s military men and women need our support as much as ever, Marriott Golf created the Fairway Furloughs program as a thank-you to members of the armed forces who love the game of golf,” said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf.  “In this country, we have hundreds of thousands of active, reserve and retired military personnel who play golf, and we can’t think of a better way to reward their unmatched dedication then to provide great values to play on our collection of championship courses

The complete list of Marriott Golf properties participating in the “Fairway Furloughs” Military Golf Program includes: Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Desert Springs Golf Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.; Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Fla.; Grande Pines Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Grande Vista Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Starr Pass Golf Club, Tucson, Ariz.; The Rookery at Marco, Naples, Fla.; Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.; Cattails Golf Club, Kingsport, Tenn.; Griffin Gate Golf Club, Lexington, Ky.; Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Lihue, Hawaii; Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Crane’s Landing Golf Club, Lincolnshire, Ill.; Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va.; and Willow Crest Golf Club, Oak Brook, Ill.

Members of the armed forces participating in “Fairway Furloughs” can also take advantage of Marriott Golf Links, the Company’s golfer loyalty program that enables Marriott Rewards members to both earn and redeem points for golf.  Members can earn Marriott Rewards points for rounds of golf and golf retail merchandise purchases.  In addition, members can redeem points for rounds of golf, hotel accommodations, spa experiences, golf instruction, and more.

The “Fairway Furloughs” Military Golf Program, which cannot be combined with any other offer, is based on availability at participating Marriott Golf-managed courses, and certain restrictions may apply.  This offer is valid for active reserve, and retired personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard.  For more information on the program, visit http://www.marriottgolf.com

About Marriott Golf

Marriott Golf manages 60 golf courses at 44 locations in 13 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf.  Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators.  Marriott provides golf management and consulting services to a variety of operational environments including resort, private club, daily fee, golf school and franchises.  For more information, visit http://www.marriottgolf.com.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,100 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories.  Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers.  The company is headquartered in Bethesda , Maryland , USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end.  It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004.  In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion.  For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com.

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