Marriott Golf Introduces College Links

Marriott Golf Introduces “College Links”

New Student Discount Program Provides College Students with Great Golf Opportunities that Fit their Budget; Latest Growth of the Game Initiative from Marriott Follows Successful Kids Golf-4-Free and Fairways-Fore-FREEdom Military Programs

While the golf industry keeps searching for ways to get more people playing the game, Marriott Golf continues to drive golfers onto the course. On the heels of its successful Kids Golf-4-Free youth program and the Fairways-Fore-FREEdom military golf program, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), today announced the “College Links” Program.

Now, active college students nationwide can play Marriott’s portfolio of managed golf courses for special pricing designed to fit the tight budgets of college students who enjoy the game. As part of the “College Links” Program, from September 1, 2014, to June 1, 2015, student golfers presenting a valid college ID can take advantage of discounted twilight green fees/carts, ranging from just $29 – $69, while receiving a free twilight replay certificate for another day. The free replay certificates will be valid until September 1, 2015. The program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week at participating Marriott Golf courses, and all tee times can be made up to three days in advance.

“College students are always at work and play with their friends and/or families, and so many enjoy the game of golf,” said James Keane, Senior Director of Operations, Marriott Golf. “Now, with our College Links program, we are making our portfolio of championship and resort golf courses more accessible to this important group of golfers.”

Keane adds, “The College Links program also provides a healthy, fun recreation alternative for college students, not to mention a terrific stress reliever to the daily grind of classwork that consumes many students during each school year.”

Participating courses in the Marriott Golf “College Links” program represent some of the country’s premier championship clubs, including these southeast venues: Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Marriott’s Grande Vista Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Marriott’s Orlando World Center Resort, Orlando, Fla.; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.; Marriott’s Marco Island Resort, Naples, Fla. (hotel stay required); The Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Fla. (hotel stay required); The Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Sarasota, Fla. (hotel stay required); Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; MeadowView Conference Center by Marriott, Kingsport, Tennessee.

In total, 23 golf courses located at Marriott Golf-managed properties will participate in the “College Links” Program, which will provide college students with the opportunity play more and better golf throughout the school year. For more information or to book tee times at a participating property, please visit www.collegegolflinks.com.

About Marriott Golf

Marriott Golf manages 53 golf courses at 42 locations in 12 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 www.marriottgolf.com.

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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