Iconic EGD design underpins Celtic Manor Resort’s reputation as ‘most popular golf destination i

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(Sunningdale, UK – September 28, 2012) European Golf Design (EGD) has been recognised for its role in creating the iconic Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort, recently rated the most popular golf destination in the UK by a leading golf travel company.

The 2010 Ryder Cup venue tops the list of Best Selling UK Golf Hotels on yourgolftravel.com with the resort reporting a 26 per cent growth in golf revenue in the second year since hosting the prestigious matchplay tournament.

Russell Phillips, Celtic Manor Vice-President of Facilities and Development, who project managed the course build and staging of the Ryder Cup, said: “It was fundamental to the success of the Ryder Cup and the legacy of hosting the event that the Twenty Ten Course be designed for play by both the world’s best and the golfing public.

“As the steady rise in popularity and revenue proves, that is precisely what the design team achieved.”

Owner of Celtic Manor Resort Sir Terry Matthews hired the expertise of EGD in 2001 with the vision of winning the bid to host the 2010 Ryder Cup and bringing the prestigious event to Wales.

The joint venture company of the European Tour and IMG set about designing the first ever purpose-built Ryder Cup venue as part of a £16 million development setting the stage for the dramatic 2010 event.

Describing how to create a course that offers the drama and spectacle required for a Ryder Cup, combined with playability for the golfing public, Ross McMurray, Designer of Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course, said: “With creative design, you can ensure that all golfers can enjoy even the most demanding of tournament courses.

“Our priority was to design a course fit for the Ryder Cup, which would challenge the professionals and create a sense of drama for the viewers, while also catering for the infrastructure around the venue required for the thousands of spectators, the world’s media plus all the event’s staff.

“However, one of the beauties of golf is that the fans can play on the same courses as the tour professionals, so it was also important that everyone could enjoy the course.

“This was achieved by ensuring the landing areas for public golfers are substantially wider than for professionals. We have to be careful that bunkers aren’t so difficult that golfers of all abilities can’t escape from them, while providing enough of a challenge to tour professionals. It’s a fine line, but it is possible.”

Established in 1992, EGD has made its mark on more than 50 projects across four continents, from Ryder Cup venues to nine-hole academy courses and is involved with preparations for both the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris and the UK’s first European Tour Performance Institute at London Golf Club, Kent.

Jeremy Slessor, Managing Director of EGD, said: “The most crucial element of any development, golf or otherwise, is sustainability.

“The three Ps of sustainability are: Profit, People and Planet and each is as important as the other.

“At Celtic Manor, the infrastructure required was phenomenal.  When you’re anticipating crowds of 40-45,000 people that will travel around the course with only three or four groups you have to know how they’re going to get there, what they’re going to do while they’re there and how they’re going to get out.

“With the event taking place in Wales during October, we could be fairly certain that weather would be a factor and by installing extensive flood defences and fairway drainage we ensured that the course would stand up to the deluge it experienced.

“The success of the event not only for the European Team, but also for the global audience, ensured the longevity of profitability at Celtic Manor as golf fans from across the UK and the world now recognise the Twenty Ten Course as the venue for one of the most beguiling Ryder Cup’s in history.”

For more information, visit http://www.egd.com

Florida Golf Packages

WaterColor Inn and Resort: Tee-riffic Golf Package

Guests of the WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida now have access to two highly-rated private courses: Camp Creek, a Tom Fazio-stunner featuring coastal dunes covered in native grasses, and Shark’s Tooth, a Greg Norman signature layout that hugs the banks of Lake Powell.

Enjoy preferred rates and a complimentary daily round of championship golf when you stay at the WaterColor Inn, Northwest Florida’s only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel. Choose between the Tom Fazio designed Camp Creek Golf Club, rated 14th Best Golf Course in Florida by GolfWeek or the Greg Norman designed Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, rated #7 Best Golf Course in Florida by Golf Digest. Both courses offer stunning dunescapes and challenging holes.

Tee-riffic Golf Package Includes:

  • Beachfront accommodations at the WaterColor Inn
  • One complimentary round of golf per day on your choice of our two nearby championship courses
  • Complimentary use of the practice facility
  • Use of bikes, canoes, kayaks and WaterColor WorkOut

    Book online or (866) 426.2656

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Raven Experience

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – the 2,400-acre resort featuring four championship golf courses on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast – is rolling out its Raven Experience golf package for the fall.  For serious golfers and course collectors, it features a round at Rees Jones’ Burnt Pine Golf Club (a private club) and a round at Robert Trent Jones II’s Raven Golf Club (host of two PGA Champions Tour events).

    Raven Experience Includes:

    Accommodations include choice of:

  • LeCiel standard hotel room
  • Village of Baytowne Wharf standard hotel rooms
  • Grand Sandestin two bedroom unit
  • Lakeside Villa three bedroom unit

    Two rounds of golf

  • One round at Raven Golf Club
  • One round at Burnt Pine Golf Club
  • FREE replay rounds booked at the course the day of play – based on availability
  • Unlimited use of the practice facility and practice balls during stay
  • Golf car and greens fees

    Prices range from $143 to $165.

    Book online or call (888) 801-4388

  • Argentina Invitational Invitation

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    I got this flyer for the Argentina Invitational via email. Looks interesting. For more information:

    http://www.argentinainvitational.com

    NZ Tiger Tour returns for 2013   with private, commercial jet options

    NAPIER, New Zealand—The Tiger Tour, golf’s most intriguing and expensive itinerary, will return for 2013 with an upgrade: private jet service between venues all across New Zealand’s North and South islands.

    Incorporating the best of New Zealand’s many attractions—including two of the top-rated golf courses in the world—the Tiger Tour features nine nights at three award-winning lodges and access to dozens of out-of-this-world destination options, including the famous glaciers of Milford Sound.

    The Tiger Tour is the vision of Julian H. Robertson, Jr., the American hedge-fund legend whose immensely successful Tiger Fund inspired the Tour’s name. Robertson’s 30-year love affair with New Zealand inspired him to develop the three luxury lodges and two world-class golf courses that form the Tiger Tour’s core. To all of this, The Tiger Tour adds an extra-special component: the unique, disarming charm of its Kiwi hosts.

    “The Tiger Tour is really Mr. Robertson’s invitation to see and experience this country as he sees it, and discover as he has the immense charm of New Zealand’s landscape and people,” said Ryan Brandeburg, director of golf at Kauri Cliffs GC in Bay of Islands, NZ, and its sister course, Cape Kidnappers GC here in Napier.

    “Mr. Robertson is a golfer, and he has experienced first hand the advantages and practicalities of traveling about the country by private jet. Accordingly, for 2013, we’re offering two separate Tiger Tour itineraries, one with flights provided by Air New Zealand, and another where guests travel by private jet and EC-130 helicopter.”

    The Tiger Tour by private jet, limited to a maximum of four couples, kicks off in Napier at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers on 11 March 2013. From there the Tour moves south to the alpine lake village of Queenstown, where guests stay at Matakauri Lodge, before proceeding to the subtropical far north and The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. Pricing for this itinerary is NZ$24,900 per person (+15% NZ goods & services tax).

    The Tiger Tour conducted via commercial airline begins at Matakauri Lodge on 15 April 2013, before moving to Cape Kidnappers and concluding at Kauri Cliffs. The price tag for this option is NZ$13,900 per person (+tax) and space is limited to eight couples.

    Both itineraries are inclusive of all meals, green fees and ground transport between lodges, airports and excursions. It also includes air transport between the three lodges, though guests are responsible for delivering themselves to the initial property at the start of each tour. “This is the same way we ran the Tiger Tour in 2012,” said Brandeburg, “as we found it provides a lot more flexibility for people who want to add nights or other destinations within New Zealand and Australia.”

    For more information and to request a detailed itinerary for both tours, contact the Lodge Reservations Team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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    Robertson started Tiger Management Corp., also known as The Tiger Fund, in 1980, with US$8 million in capital. By 1998, its holdings had climbed to $22 billion. After closing his Tiger Fund in 2000, Robertson started to use his own capital, experience, and infrastructure to support and finance (to “seed”) select up-and-coming hedge fund managers. By September 2009, Robertson has helped launching 38 hedge funds (“Tiger Seeds”) in return for a stake in their fund management companies. Apart from those Tiger Seeds, a considerable number of analysts and managers Robertson employed and mentored at Tiger Management went out on their own and continue to operate some of the best-known hedge-fund firms, known as “Tiger Cubs”.

    The Robertson family first ventured to New Zealand in 1978. The development of Kauri Cliffs, near the northern the tip of New Zealand’s North Island, came to fruition at the turn of the century. The golf club debuted in 2000, followed closely by The Lodge. The Tom Doak-designed Cape Kidnappers GC opened outside Napier in 2004, followed by The Farm at Cape Kidnappers a year later. Matakauri Lodge debuted in the South Island resort Mecca of Queenstown in 2010.

    While Tiger Tour 2013 provides an opportunity to experience some of the most unique, contrasting, untouched scenery on Earth—from private pink-sand beaches and spectacular volcanoes, to lakes, mountains and monolithic glaciers—the stars of the Tiger Tour are undoubtedly the five Robertson-developed properties that serve as hosts.

    In its 2012 ranking of all golf courses located outside the United States, Golf Digest U.S.—the definitive source of world course rankings since it pioneered the practice in 1966—placed both Cape Kidnappers GC (#6), and sister club, Kauri Cliffs GC (#19), in its prestigious Top 100. The ultra-scenic Jack’s Point Golf Club represents the golfing option for Tiger Tour guests in Queenstown.

    The accommodations on the Tiger Tour are no less feted. Indeed, they have all three proved to be darlings of the international travel press:
    * The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, a veranda-wrapped plantation house with adjoining guest cottages, was named the 6th best hotel in the world, according to the 2011 Condé Nast Traveller readers’ poll, and this year received a first-ever perfect score for service, as part of Travel+Leisure magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards.
    * In 2010, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was named to Travel+Leisure’s “World’s Top 50 Hotels”. It also earned Gold List status from Condé Nast Traveller for 2012.
    * Located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Matakauri would, within a year of its grand opening, earn a place on Condé Nast Traveller’s “2011 Hot List”, while simultaneously making a comprehensive N.Z. golf tour feasible.

    “We’re certainly persuaded that no golf tour can top the Tiger Tour in terms of golf course and accommodation quality, but the Tiger Tour is frankly far more than a golf tour,” Brandeburg said. “There are just so many incredible activities included in these two itineraries: vineyard visits, horseback riding, ocean sailing, jet-boating trips down the Dart River, and heli-tours of Milford Sound and Hokianga Harbour at the very northern tip of New Zealand.

    “Dining in all three lodges is a true gourmet experience. Merely exploring the properties at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs, each some 2500 hectares in size, is something special. Where else would one be able to track and observe rare Kiwi birds in a natural habitat?

    “We feel the Tiger Tour for 2013 is the quintessential New Zealand experience—the opportunity to best experience this country, in boutique luxury, while mingling with real Kiwis, human and otherwise.”

    PGA OF AMERICA OFFERS DELUXE VIP PGA GRAND SLAM EXPERIENCE PACKAGE

    PGA OF AMERICA’S DELUXE VIP PGA GRAND SLAM EXPERIENCE PACKAGE GETS A BOOST WITH U.S. OPEN CHAMPION WEBB SIMPSON JOINING MASTERS CHAMPION BUBBA WATSON IN BERMUDA

    Golf Excursion to Bermuda offers Exclusive Access to the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf featuring the Year’s Major Champions

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—It’s a golf getaway like no other, as it offers the chance to see golf’s four major winners (The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship) up close in a competition to determine the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champion.

    The PGA of America’s Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package offers a six-night excursion for golf travelers to the beautiful island of Bermuda to play multiple rounds of golf, while getting exclusive access to a season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult requirement in the game – a Major Championship victory.

    The 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which returns to the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, Oct. 22-24, has featured past champions such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson joins Masters Champion Bubba Watson to make up the first half of this year’s elite foursome, who will be joined by the winners of the Open Championship, July 19-22, at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England and the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

    As part of the excitement surrounding the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the island of Bermuda, which boasts seven spectacular golf courses, The PGA of America has created a Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience golf package. The package features six nights of luxury accommodations at The Fairmont Southampton; breakfast daily; three days admission to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; daily transfers to/from the hotel to Port Royal and transportation to and from the Bermuda airport.

    Highlighting this package is exclusive access to the PGA Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, Oct. 21, and an invitation to the exclusive Champions Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 23, where guests will experience a fireside chat with the Major Champions and then enjoy a spectacular dinner. In addition, the Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package includes one round of golf at Fairmount Southampton Par 3 Golf Course and one round of golf at Port Royal Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 26, where the four Major Champions will battle it out earlier in the week.

    The package prices, which include tax, range from $1,869 – $2,728 per person, based on double occupancy, length of stay and rounds of golf. Golfers interested in purchasing the getaway packages from The PGA of America can visit http://www.premiergolf.com or call 1-866-260-4409.

    The PGA of America is also offering the PGA Grand Slam Experience package, which includes four nights of accommodations at the Fairmount Southampton; breakfast daily; transportation to and from the Bermuda airport to the Fairmont Southampton; daily general admission tickets to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; and daily tournament transportation. The package prices, including tax, range from $742 – $1,177 per person, based on double occupancy and length of stay.

    The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event is distributed to a worldwide audience of 500 million viewers in more than 100 countries.

    Hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was established in 1979 and has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other.

    The PGA of America

        Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
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    FOLLOW BUBBA TO BERMUDA…PGA OF AMERICA DEBUTS THE DELUXE VIP PGA GRAND SLAM EXPERIENCE PACKAGE

    FOLLOW BUBBA TO BERMUDA…PGA OF AMERICA DEBUTS
    THE DELUXE VIP PGA GRAND SLAM EXPERIENCE PACKAGE

    Golf Excursion to Bermuda offers Exclusive Access to the
    30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf featuring the Year’s Major Champions

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—It’s a golf getaway like no other, as it offers the chance to see golf’s four major winners (The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship) up close in a competition to determine the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champion.

    Today, The PGA of America announced the Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package, a six-night excursion for golf travelers to the beautiful island of Bermuda to play multiple rounds of golf, while getting exclusive access to a season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult requirement in the game – a Major Championship victory.

    The 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which returns to the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, Oct. 22-24, has featured past champions such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. This year’s foursome is headlined by Masters Champion Bubba Watson, who will be joined by the winners of the U.S. Open Championship, June 14-17, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.; the Open Championship, July 19-22, at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England; and the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

    As part of the excitement surrounding the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the island of Bermuda, which boasts seven spectacular golf courses, The PGA of America has created a Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience golf package. The package features six nights of luxury accommodations at The Fairmont Southampton; breakfast daily; three days admission to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; daily transfers to/from the hotel to Port Royal and transportation to and from the Bermuda airport.

    Highlighting this package is exclusive access to the PGA Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, Oct. 21, and an invitation to the exclusive Champions Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 23, where guests will experience a fireside chat with the Major Champions and then enjoy a spectacular dinner. In addition, the Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package includes one round of golf at Fairmount Southampton Par 3 Golf Course and one round of golf at Port Royal Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 26, where the four Major Champions will battle it out earlier in the week.

    The package prices, which include tax, range from $1,869 – $2,728 per person, based on double occupancy, length of stay and rounds of golf. Golfers interested in purchasing the getaway packages from The PGA of America can visit http://www.premiergolf.com or call 1-866-260-4409.

    The PGA of America is also offering the PGA Grand Slam Experience package, which includes four nights of accommodations at the Fairmount Southampton; breakfast daily; transportation to and from the Bermuda airport to the Fairmont Southampton; daily general admission tickets to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; and daily tournament transportation. The package prices, including tax, range from $742 – $1,177 per person, based on double occupancy and length of stay.

    The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event is distributed to a worldwide audience of 500 million viewers in more than 100 countries.

    Hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was established in 1979 and has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other.

    The PGA of America
    Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

    Pound Ridge Golf Club, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa Announce Stay-and-Play Package

    (POUND RIDGE, N.Y.) – Pound Ridge Golf Club – the public Pete Dye-design in Westchester County – today announces a new stay-and-play package with the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, starting at $214 (Fri. – Sun.) and $300 (Mon. – Thurs.).

    Located 15 minutes from Pound Ridge, the Stamford Marriott embodies an exceptional mix of New York energy and New England charm, while providing a memorable hotel experience for business, leisure, meeting and celebration needs.

    “The Stamford Marriott is a perfect match for Pound Ridge, providing convenient access to the course, elegant accommodations, fine dining and a spa where golfers can relax post-round,” says owner Ken Wang.

    Stay-and-play guests can take advantage of tee time booking via concierge or hotel staff, transportation options (rental cars, limousines) and complimentary rental clubs and golf shoes from Pound Ridge ($100 value).

    Hotel guests enjoy the flexibility of Pound Ridge’s weekday nine-hole rates of $80 (before 8:30 a.m.) and $60 (after 4:30 p.m.).

    Since opening in 2008, Pound Ridge has earned world-class accolades from Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, Golfweek, AskMen.com, Rolex and LINKS Magazine. It quickly emerged as a “destination golf course,” sought out by serious golfers collecting the world’s best golf experiences.

    Advance golf reservations are needed 48 hours prior to weekend tee times (Fri. – Sun.). Forecaddies are available upon request by calling the pro shop at least 24 hours before a booked tee time.

    For Stamford Marriott Hotel reservations, please call Peter Griffith at 203.977.1217.

    For tee times or more info on Pound Ridge, visit http://www.PoundRidgeGolf.com or call 914.764.5771.

    About Pound Ridge Golf Club

    Opened in 2008, Pound Ridge Golf Club is the only course in New York designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Located in Westchester County, it is less than an hour north of New York City and less than 15 minutes from Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. Pound Ridge Golf Club is the premier high-end, public course in the metropolitan New York area.

    Crafted by Dye, his son Perry and long-time Dye construction manager/lead shaper Michael Langkau, Pound Ridge Golf Club is a full bentgrass facility, hewn from 172 acres of magnificent cliffs, streams and wooded hills. Dramatic rock formations and boulders were left on-site, creating one of the most visually stunning settings for golf in the U.S. More than 14,000-linear-feet of rock wall surrounds trees, wetlands and water hazards. These frame contoured fairways which wind through hardwood forests and fescue mounds leading to open meadows with picturesque green complexes.

    Pound Ridge Golf Club plays to a par-72 and houses five sets of tees and measures 7,165 yards. It boasts a practice range, short game area and putting green. The property features some of the highest points in Westchester County, with a number of tee boxes offering expansive vistas of the surrounding countryside. Notable holes include the par-5, 13th – home to “Pete’s Rock,” a giant boulder that rests in the middle of the fairway – and the par-3 15th – dubbed “Headstone” – which is flanked on the right by a large rock outcropping that protrudes into the elongated, 9,000-square-foot green.

    Recent accolades for Pound Ridge Golf Club Include:

    “No. 1 New York City Area Golf Course, 2010” – AskMen.com
    “America’s Best New Courses, 2009” – Golf Digest
    “New Golf Development of the Year, 2009” – ABTA Golf
    “Top Ten You Can Play, No. 2, 2008” – GOLF Magazine
    “Best New Courses, 2008” – LINKS Magazine
    “America’s Best New Courses, 2008” – Golfweek

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    JUMEIRAH GROUP TO PROVIDE WORLD-CLASS HOSPITALITY AND CATERING FOR THE OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

    JUMEIRAH GROUP TO PROVIDE WORLD-CLASS HOSPITALITY AND CATERING FOR THE OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

    DUBAI, Feb 2 – Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, is working with ‘golf in DUBAi’ as the official caterer and hospitality partner for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to be held at the Emirates Golf Club from February 9 to 12.
    Jumeirah Hospitality and Madinat Jumeirah will provide world-class catering and hospitality for the event.

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    World number two Rory McIlroy, who is also the global brand ambassador of Jumeirah Group, will be one of the major attractions at the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic

    With the 22-year-old golfing sensation Rory McIlroy, who incidentally won his first European Tour title in Dubai in 2009, as their global brand ambassador, Jumeirah Group believes that the development of golf is an essential ingredient in the growth of Dubai as a destination for international investment and tourism.

    Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of ‘golf in DUBAi’, commented: “The Omega Dubai Desert Classic provides a worldwide exposure to the city of Dubai, in general, and the sponsors in particular, creating interest for people to visit Dubai. Thanks to Jumeirah, the players always have a wonderful opportunity to savour the incomparable hospitality standards of the region,” he added.

    ‘golf in DUBAi’ is backed by Omega as the title sponsor and Dubal (Dubai Aluminium) as the sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Gulf News, Emirates NBD, Jumeirah Group, Mercedes-Benz and wasl while Dubai Duty Free, Carpetland and Motivate are the Patrons (in golf in DUBAi’s) drive to showcase the emirate’s vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.

    FALDO GOLF INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF TRACKMAN PRO AT ORLANDO, FLORIDA LOCATION

    FALDO GOLF INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF TRACKMAN PRO AT ORLANDO, FLORIDA LOCATION

    ORLANDO, Fla. – November 14, 2011…The acclaimed Faldo Golf Institute (FGI) by Marriott, one of the nation’s leading golf schools created by legendary Six-Time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo, today announced that TrackMan Pro has been installed at the Orlando, Fla., facility, located at Marriott’s Grande Vista resort.
    Using Doppler radar – the same technology employed by the military for tracking missiles – TrackMan analyzes the golf swing and entire flight of the ball from impact to landing, displaying the ball’s 3D trajectory in real time, while delivering 22 swing and ball flight parameters/data points on every shot.

    TrackMan Pro, which features TrackMan Performance Studio software, will be incorporated into FGI’s golf programming, as the team of Faldo certified instructors will utilize the system for video and numerical swing analysis.  All Faldo certified instructors will be fully trained on TrackMan capabilities, including instruction, fitting, and skill-assessment best practices, to ensure the new technology is properly integrated into the curriculum, as TrackMan’s two software packages are considered the industry standard for precision, stability and ease of use.   

    “We are thrilled to install the TrackMan Pro system at the Orlando facility, further enhancing what is already an incredible golf instructional experience,” said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf.  “Our team of certified instructors and students of all skill levels will benefit from the most sophisticated swing analysis technology in the marketplace.”

    TrackMan Pro is the choice of the PGA Tour, USGA and R&A for swing and ball flight analysis.  A staple on professional tours, with leading club fitters, manufacturers, retailers, universities, academies, instructors, players and broadcast TV, TrackMan Pro is considered the industry standard for accuracy, flexibility, reliability and ease of use.

    Recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, the renowned Clubfitter’s WorkshopTM is offered so each student is properly fit with equipment that will help them reach their full potential.  Randy Doucette, hand-picked by Sir Nick Faldo himself, has served as the Master Clubfitter at the Orlando, Fla., location since its inception, and has worked closely with many Tour players and celebrities to ensure they are equipped with a properly fit set of clubs when teeing it up.  The addition of TrackMan Pro adds a new dynamic to the club fitting experience.

    “Trackman is the tool the pros use and we are proud to provide it exclusively to our students at the Faldo Golf Institute,” said Sir Nick.  “It takes the guess work out of analyzing adjustments for quick positive results.”

    Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott combines the teaching philosophy of the legendary Sir Nick Faldo with the world class service and hospitality of Marriott International to provide a full-service golf school experience perfectly suited for golfers of all ages and abilities.  From low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage, to newcomers to the game seeking an introductory program that is matched to their needs, the Faldo Golf Institute offers distinct learning programs for everyone.

    About Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott
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    LAGUNA LĂNG CÔ REPORTS FIRST SALES, DETAILS 2012 ANGSANA HOTEL, GOLF COURSE OPENINGS

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    LAGUNA LĂNG CÔ REPORTS FIRST SALES,

    DETAILS 2012 ANGSANA HOTEL, GOLF COURSE OPENINGS

    LĂNG CÔ, Vietnam, 16 November 2011 — The developers of Laguna Lăng Cô have followed on the Angsana Properties Lăng Cô Sales Launch in late September with notice of the first property purchases, and a timeline for resort and golf course openings in 2012.

    Developed and managed by the Banyan Tree Group, Laguna Lăng Cô will, upon completion, be the first fully and legitimately integrated destination resort in Vietnam. It will also be the largest, with more than 2,000 hotel keys under the management of eight international branded hotel and resort operators, award-winning spas, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, resort residences, convention and recreational facilities.

    Banyan Tree Group marked an important milestone in the success of this project when, on 23 September, the first investor purchased a Pool Deluxe apartment at Angsana Properties Lăng Cô. Mr. Michael Ayling, Managing Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC, indicated this first sale and others are consistent with Banyan Tree Group’s expectation that 70 percent of Phase I buyers would be Vietnamese nationals.

    “The level of customer interest prior to and throughout the late-September launch was very high indeed, so it was gratifying to confirm this first sale and reserve several more,” said Ayling, who spoke on site in Lăng Cô, along with the golf course designer Nick Faldo, to a gathering of around 40 domestic and international media.

    “We fully expect the participation of international buyers at Laguna Lăng Cô, especially in later phases,” Ayling continued. “However, we’re convinced this first phase will appeal especially to the Vietnamese, who know a sound investment when they see one and already recognize Lăng Cô to be an especially beautiful and convenient perch on the Central Coast.”

    Phase I of Laguna Lăng Cô is comprised of three key components:

    • Angsana Properties Lăng Cô is the initial Phase I product to be launched. It is a condominium-style resort with a total of 197 units, to be open in mid 2012.

    • The Nick Faldo 18-hole Championship golf course will come second. It too, is slated for a grand opening in the second quarter of next year.

    • Banyan Tree Lăng Cô, a sophisticated portfolio of 129 high-quality villas designed in harmony with the surrounding landscape, will launch sales in early 2012.

    It’s worth noting, Ayling explained, that sales at Angsana Properties Lăng Cô were initiated only when construction of the apartments were all but complete; only the furnishing aspect remains. Unlike many resort ventures, in Vietnam and elsewhere, construction progress at Angsana Lăng Cô is funded through an internal development fund in excess of US$200 million, meaning the realization of the property component, the resort and golf course are not dependent on property sales.

    According to Ayling, this first apartment owner at Angsana Properties Lăng Cô, and all those to follow, are all entitled to membership in the Angsana Properties Owners Club, wherein members can book complimentary stays at other Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts around the world.

    More relevant to their investment, owners are guaranteed a 6% fixed return for 6-years, and 60 days of complementary use every year. When owners are offsite, Ayling explained, purchased properties are included in the hotel inventory, where Angsana management looks after the investment.

    “This is the formula that has proved so successful at our flagship development, Laguna Phuket,” Ayling said. “We at Banyan Tree didn’t invent the dynamic, but I daresay that no one in Asia has deployed it more effectively on behalf of real estate investors. The Banyan Tree brand is well-known for its prestige all over the world— it signals luxury and signature Asian heritage to resort guests, whose attraction to the resort in turn complements and enhances the investment in villa ownership.”

    The long-standing nature of Banyan Tree’s involvement is another key differentiator, Ayling continued. “Many hotel and resort operators lend their names to resort property ventures, where units are included as part of hotel inventory,” he said. “But the length of a typical hotel or resort operations contract is only 8-10 years. What happens when those recognizable brand names disassociate from the resort? Where does the new hotel brand leave the real estate investor? Laguna Phuket, for example, was founded in 1987, and the Banyan Tree brand has never left its management to anyone else. That is the long-term brand commitment we offer here at Laguna Lăng Cô.”

    Returning to Lăng Cô for the second time in 12 months, Faldo was able to inspect the rough shaping work now complete on 14 of the 18 holes. “This golf course is shaping up nicely and already has some wonderful movement,” said the 6-time major champion, following his September site visit. “The diverse character of the terrain allowed us to incorporate some very interesting and unusual features.

    “In addition to several views of the ocean, golfers will experience the course’s amphitheatre-like mountain backdrop and the rich variety of woodland, scrub and rocky outcrops that feature throughout the round,” Faldo added.

    More information on Angsana Properties Lăng Cô may be found online at http://www.angsanaproperties.com. Sales enquiries may be directed to Hanoi hotline at +84 90 665 9988, and Ho Chi Minh Hotline at +84 90 685 9988.

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    About Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

    Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading manager and developer of premium resorts, hotels and spas in the Asia Pacific, with close to 30 resorts and hotels, 65 spas, over 80 galleries and 3 golf courses. The Group manages and/or has ownership interests in niche resorts and hotels. The resorts each typically has between 50 and 100 rooms and commands room rates at the high end of each property’s particular market.

    The Group’s primary business is the management, development and ownership of resorts and hotels. This is centred around two award-winning brands: Banyan Tree and Angsana. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket, through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited.

    Angsana Properties

    Angsana Properties is a property brand that caters to the modern traveller seeking style and authenticity. Comprising contemporary and chic retreats, Angsana Properties are designed to create and deliver vibrant enlivening experiences for guests at work and at play. Each Angsana hotel, resort, spa and retail gallery exudes the spirit and experiences of its environment, while offering a strong sense of individuality infused with our Asian heritage. Facilities and services at all Angsana Properties are focused on enabling guests to draw the most of every moment.

    Managed by the Banyan Tree Group, Angsana Properties Lăng Cô is the first launch of the Angsana Properties brand worldwide, to be followed by Angsana Properties Phuket and Angsana Properties Bintan at the end of 2011.

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