Thursday, December 5, 2013

Marriott Golf Academy Debuts Birdies Beyond Borders Exclusively for Canadian Golfing Travelers

Marriott Vacation Club Resorts in Orlando, Fla., and Palm Desert, Calif., Combine World-Class Golf Instruction, Luxurious Villas and Family Amenities

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - For Canadian golfing travelers seeking warm weather excursions during the winter months, Marriott Golf Academy, with locations at Marriott’s Grande Vista resort in Orlando, Fla., and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort in Palm Desert, Calif., has an exciting new package available. Created exclusively for Canadian residents visiting the U.S., Marriott Golf Academy today debuted Birdies Beyond Borders, combining 36 holes of championship golf on some of the finest courses in their regions with best-in-class golf instruction. The program is complemented by an assortment of on-site amenities and activities for golf groups, couples or the entire family at two of the premier resort destinations in the U.S.

With peak season winter packages starting at $1,118 USD, based on double occupancy, Birdies Beyond Borders features three nights of luxurious villa accommodations, two rounds of championship golf, one 3-hour golf instructional session, unlimited access to the on-site practice facilities throughout the duration of the stay, access to the web-based Alumni Clubhouse, and access to an assortment of amenities, all while staying in spacious and luxurious one and two-bedroom villas, fully equipped with all the comforts of home. Further, golfers and families seeking to extend their trip will receive preferred lodging rates at each respective resort location.

“Orlando and Palm Desert are preferred vacation destinations for many Canadian residents each year, and with so many golfers looking to escape the cold winter weather, it was natural to create a package exclusively for our neighbors to the north,” said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf.

Marriott Golf Academy, which is based at two acclaimed Marriott Vacation Club resorts, offers a wide range of expert instructional programming for golfers of all skills levels, from low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage to newcomers seeking an introductory golf experience that is matched to their needs. The 3-hour session, which can focus on full swing or short game, is taught at a maximum 4-to-1 ratio to ensure each student receives the dedicated attention he or she deserves.

The Orlando-based location, adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Vista resort, boasts a 35-acre instructional facility offering full swing and short game areas, a 9-hole golf course, a state-of-the-art swing studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop, and is adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club, which provides the perfect 18-hole championship golf experience for students. The Marriott Golf Academy, located just minutes away from the family attractions exclusive to Orlando, serves as the ultimate family vacation destination.

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort is located in the scenic Coachella Valley, a popular international destination for golf aficionados set against the beautiful backdrop of the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert, Calif. The golf resort, which boasts luxurious villa accommodations and unmatched amenities for the whole family, is complemented by a world-class practice facility, a state-of-the-art swing studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop and an 18-hole championship golf course. This beautiful and peaceful valley is often referred to as the “golf capital of the world” because of its ideal playing conditions and abundance of courses.

In addition to the Birdies Beyond Borders package, consumers can take advantage of special pricing on 2- and 3-day golf school packages with lodging. For information on Birdies Beyond Borders, and other programs at Marriott Golf Academy, visit or call 855-642-2369.

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