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Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort to renovate its Rookery golf course

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The beautiful Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa will begin a six-month $4 million renovation to its Rookery golf course in late April. The renovation plans will feature the installation of wall-to-wall Platinum Paspalum turf and a soft goods upgrade to the course’s clubhouse, which will feature a return to an “Old Florida” interior theme with new furniture, flooring, lighting, and paint.

The project will also feature design changes to many of course’s bunker complexes, which will be facilitated by Peter Jacobsen & Jim Hardy of Jacobsen and Hardy Golf Course Design. These changes are expected to enhance the Rookery’s visual appeal. Jacobsen and Hardy designed the Rookery’s sister course, Hammock Bay.

“Each golf course has a unique character in large part to the collection of bunkers,” said Jacobsen, a veteran of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. “We are excited about enhancing and updating the bunkers at The Rookery to improve the playability and overall golf experience.”

The Rookery is scheduled to re-open in November 2014.

“As one of South Florida’s premier golf destinations, our goal is to move our golf product from great to legendary with these improvements,” said General Manager of Golf Chris Major. “Keeping our prestigious courses up to par is a priority and we look forward to welcoming back our Members and travelers to experience our new and improved course at the end of the year.”

While the Rookery is under construction, resort guests and members will be able to play at Hammock Bay.

To celebrate the upcoming changes, the resort is offering a “Golf Getaway” package to encourage guests to experience Hammock Bay.

The package includes:
-Golf for one or two including cart at the resort course
-Complimentary replay (based on availability, valid on day of play only)
-Breakfast for 2 daily
-Complimentary bag storage and range balls
-Kids play for free (some restrictions apply)
-10 percent off Golf Pro Shop purchases

Rates from $349 - $819 (minimum two-night stay) and valid through Dec. 31.

The Marco Island Marriott is one of the great resorts in the Southeast U.S. Located a few miles south of Naples, Fla., the resort features 727 rooms in Balinese-¬styled architecture. A recent $250 million dollar renovation included the new Quinn Pool, outdoor dining and meeting spaces and spa.

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