JW Marriott Marco Island Named Golf Property of the Year

Marriott Golf, the Global Golf Division of Marriott International, Inc., has chosen the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida as their Golf Property of the Year. In addition, Todd Evans, the Director of Grounds Operations at the Marco Island Resort was recognized as Golf Grounds Manager of the Year.

“Despite an extraordinary 2017 year of weather difficulties, JW Marriott Marco Island exceeded all of its goals and is a testament to hard work and dedication,” said Claye Atcheson, Vice President, Marriott Golf. ” The Golf Team at the Resort drives exceptional value for our Members and Resort Guests and deserves special recogniton.”

In addition to its successful Membership Program and earning the highest guest satisfaction ratings in Marriott International’s Global Golf Division, JW Marriott Marco Island weathered Hurricane Irma and extensive renovation work in order to re-open and operate its business. The property is a consistent leader in the competitive Southwest Florida/Greater Naples resort and club market. Some of the many award criteria for Golf Property of the Year include: performance excellence for current and previous years in various categories including golf sales, round improvements, turf grass conditions, innovative program development, customer satisfaction and personnel training and leadership.

The real beauty of a stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is the two stunning resort-private golf courses with a combined 36 holes of championship golf and having the time, space and privilege to relax and enjoy the game. Only resort guests can tee-off on the recently redesigned Rookery course which features wall-to-wall Platinum Paspalum turf, or the Hammock Bay Course, emphasizing the boundless beauty of the area’s unique natural environment. To learn more about the Resort visit

Todd Evans, Golf Grounds Manager of the Year, is a thirteen-year veteran of Marriott Golf with the last 10 years leading the golf grounds team at the Resort as Director of Grounds Operations. Todd achieved record scores in associate satisfaction, an accident free workplace, charitable fundraising, and course conditioning measures. His ability to produce consistent championship tier playing conditions is a key contributing factor in impressing a fully subscribed Membership. Evans also guided the property through Hurricane Irma preparation and substantial recovery when the hurricane made landfall directly at Marco Island. Some of the criteria for this award include: overall turf grass condition, successful large scale renovation or construction projects, member and guest satisfaction scores, employee satisfaction, loss prevention efforts, staff development, financial management, and continuing education with active pursuit of certification from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America(GCSAA).

“Todd Evans embodies the company philosophy-‘Take care of the associates and they will take care of the customer.’ His leadership has led to one of the most engaged teams in the company. For the last decade, his guidance has steered multiple projects, hurricane recovery, and property initiatives, all while maintaining exceptional playing conditions,” said David Robinson, Senior Director, Grounds, Marriott Golf. “We couldn’t be more proud to recognize Todd Evans as our Grounds Manager of the Year.”

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Marriott’s Global Golf Division manages over 50 golf course in 15 countries across 5 continents, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for Marriott International lodging brands: Ritz Carlton, Luxury Collection, JW Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Le Meridien, Protea Hotels, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Golf Academy. Since 1971, Marriott has been a recognized leader of integrated resort and golf operations through its award winning business results and renowned service culture.

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Dave Daubert

David, Editor & Feature Writer, has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.

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