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MARRIOTT GOLF ACADEMY℠ DEBUTS “BIRDIES BEYOND BORDERS” FOR INTERNATIONAL GOLFING TRAVELERS
Popularity of Package in Canada Prompts International Program Launch; Marriott Vacation Club Resorts in Orlando, Fla., and Palm Desert, Calif., Combine World-Class Golf Instruction, Luxurious Villas and Family Amenities 

Prompted by the popularity of Birdies Beyond Borders -- an exclusive package for Canadian residents -- Marriott Golf Academy℠ today announced the package is now available for all International travelers visiting the U.S. Initially available for Canadian golfing travelers seeking warm weather excursions during the winter months, Marriott’s Grande Vista resort in Orlando, Fla., and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort in Palm Desert, Calif., have opened up the package to accommodate travelers from European and Latin American markets, among other regions. Combining 36 holes of championship golf on some of the finest courses in their regions with best-in-class golf instruction, this package 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 and below (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 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 International travelers each year, and with so many golfers looking to escape the frigid winter weather, it was natural to expand our offerings to accommodate all International travelers,” 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.