Marriott Golf Announces Annual Awards For Performance Excellence

Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators, today announced its annual awards for golf excellence across the Company’s portfolio of properties. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands has been named Golf Property of the Year; Mike Cole, General Manager of Golf at Stone Mountain Golf Club, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, was named Golf Professional of the Year.

Highlighting the annual awards, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman, has been named Golf Property of the Year. In addition to exceeding customer expectations, exceptional retail presentation and revenue per round, the property displayed an unmatched commitment to philanthropy, backed by its golf charity event which generated more than $70,000 during the 5th Annual Ritz-Carlton Invitational. Proceeds benefited The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, Meals on Wheels of the Cayman Islands, Save Our Youth and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Scholarship Fund. This year’s event is scheduled to be held on May 26th. 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 & leadership.

“The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman is a Caribbean gem and the entire golf staff is truly deserving of this recognition,” said Claye Atcheson, Vice President, Marriott Golf. “From delivering dynamic golf programming, to sustaining a turf maintenance program to supporting philanthropic initiatives, their commitment to always exceed expectations is inspiring.”

Mike Cole

Mike Cole

Mike Cole of Stone Mountain Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia was named Golf Professional of the Year. Cole was recognized as an individual who consistently performs and exceeds in areas of sales and profit, supplier program compliance, rounds improvement, leadership in staff development, sales and marketing initiatives, and customer loyalty. With Cole leading the golf operations, the club enjoyed a significant increase in both rounds played and revenue, as well as member participation and programming. Additionally, Cole helped implement several course enhancement projects that led to improved overall golfer satisfaction, while the property also served as a host venue for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) programming, an introductory golf program for military Veterans with disabilities. Consideration for this prestigious award is based on performance excellence for current and previous years. For tee times and information go to

“Since assuming the General Manager of Golf position at Stone Mountain Golf Club, Mike Cole has been instrumental in the reinvigoration of the golf club and its programming,” said Claye Atcheson, Vice President, Marriott Golf. “It’s an honor to recognize Mike as our Golf Professional of the Year.” Stone Mountain Golf Club is a member of the Georgia Golf Trail with two outstanding 18 hole championship golf courses in Stone Mountain Park, offering scenic views of historic Stone Mountain and Stone Mountain Lake. Inside the park there are two hotels, the AAA Four Diamond Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort and the Stone Mountain Inn.

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Marriott Golf manages 55 courses in 15 countries across 5 continents, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for Marriott International lodging brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Le Meridien, 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. Marriott provides golf development expertise, golf management, and consulting services to a unique variety of hospitality environments including resorts, private membership clubs, daily fee courses, golf schools, and franchises. For more information, visit

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