Marriott Golf Debuts ‘Rounds & Rooms,’ a First-of-Its-Kind Online Golf Resort Tee Time and Lodging Reservation System

Leading Golf Resorts Nationwide Now Offer Unique Online Access to Tee Times and Room Reservations at; New Technology Simplifies Travel Planning by Offering One-Stop Reservations System for Golfers

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott Golf, the world’s largest resort golf management company, today introduced a first-of-its-kind golf resort reservation system, “Rounds & Rooms,” designed to simplify travel planning by allowing golfers to simultaneously book tee times and hotel rooms at 19 golf properties featuring 29 leading golf courses worldwide.

Now available at, golfers can select a participating golf resort and book their tee times and hotel rooms instantly online. The new service marks the first time a collection of leading golf resort properties, based throughout the world, have come together to offer a one-stop booking solution that includes both tee times and lodging. Marriott Golf, the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) , is offering this service in collaboration with GolfHero, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based global technology leader in the golf travel industry, and EZLinks, operator of the world’s largest network for golf reservations.

“Through the GolfHero technology, Marriott Golf is able to bring our portfolio of leading golf resorts together to provide golfers a simple method for booking their golf vacation,” said Ed Utz, director of marketing for Marriott Golf. “Golfers have always been forced to find a resort, book a lodging package and then call for tee times. Now, we provide an entire system for reserving a complete golf vacation online, with a choice of 29 premier golf courses.”

The participating golf resorts include: Camelback Golf Club (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Cattails at MeadowView (Kingsport, Tenn.), Doral Golf Resort (Miami, Fla.), The Frog Golf Club (Villa Rica, Ga.), Griffin Gate Golf Resort (Lexington, Ky.), Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Grande Pines Golf Club and The Faldo Golf Institute (Orlando, Fla.), The Rookery at Marco (Naples, Fla.), Mirage City Golf Club (Cairo, Egypt), Rancho Las Palmas Golf Club (Rancho Mirage, Calif.), Renaissance PineIsle Golf Resort (Lake Lanier Island, Ga.), Royal St. Kitts Golf Club (Basseterre, St. Kitts), Seaview Golf Resort (Galloway, NJ), Stone Mountain Golf Club (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Desert Springs Golf Resort and Shadow Ridge Golf Club (Palm Desert, Calif.), Westfields Golf Club (Clifton, Va.) and Wildfire Golf Club (Phoenix, Ariz.). Marriott Golf currently manages a portfolio of 45 properties, including 60 golf courses, and expects participation in the “Rounds & Rooms” program to increase substantially by the end of 2005.

“We are very excited about this partnership with the world’s leading golf resort management company,” said Roy Staten, founder of GolfHero. “Given Marriott’s collection of golf resorts, this reservation service will set the standard for booking golf vacations online.”

“Marriott Golf has been an important partner to EZLinks since 1997, and we are always excited to help them find new, innovative ways to increase service and value for their loyal customers,” said Andy Weeks, CEO of EZLinks.

About Marriott Golf

Marriott Golf currently manages 60 golf courses at 45 facilities in 13 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is currently the largest resort golf operator in the United States. Marriott provides golf management and consulting services to a variety of operational environments, including resort, private club, daily fee, golf school and franchises.

About GolfHero

GolfHero is the first totally online packaging solution for the golf travel industry. GolfHero is a division of TravelHero, well known within the travel industry as one of the top ten online travel portals in North America, with offices in Scottsdale, Ariz.

About EZLinks

Founded in 1995, EZLinks Golf, Inc. operates the world’s largest network for golf reservations, as well as the highest volume tee time call center in the industry. EZLinks provides tee sheet management software, 24-hour live- operator reservations support, customizable web booking tools, database marketing applications, integrated point-of-sale services, and a regional association handicap system to over 900 golf facilities, hotels and travel companies worldwide.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune(R) magazine. In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at

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