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July 1, 2009

Turtle Bay Resort Encourages More Play with Reduced Golf Rates and an Expanded Driving Range


NORTH SHORE, OAHU, HI (July 1, 2009) – Turtle Bay Resort is pleased to announce reduced rates for golf on its Arnold Palmer or George Fazio Courses, as well as an expanded driving range. The rate for resort guests is now $140 and $175 for non-guests on the Palmer Course and $100 for resort guests and $125 for non-guests on the Fazio Course. Tee times can be booked directly through www.TurtleBayGolf.com
 
“We want to make golf more affordable and hopefully by doing that, more people will be inspired to make Golf their activity of choice when visiting the Islands.” said Turtle Bay Resort’s PGA Director of Golf, Matthew Hall. “With two great courses, PGA Instruction, world-class practice facilities, matched with Hawaii’s ideal climate and weather, Turtle Bay provides the perfect recipe for creating memories with family and friends.”
 
Prefer to just hit some balls, or maybe get warmed up before hitting the course, check out the newly renovated 16,000 foot George Fazio Practice range which now accommodates up to 18 golfers at a time. While those golfing either course receive complimentary practice balls, Turtle Bay offers those wishing to work on their game bottomless practice balls for $10 until noon and a daily practice pass for $25 which includes unlimited practice balls and use of the Palmer Practice facility with its putting green and 80 yard chipping area, perfect for those that are looking to hone their skills.
 
Turtle Bay also offers those that wish to leave their clubs at home and avoid the airline luggage fees, a $55 rate for rental clubs which include Titleist irons and woods, Scotty Cameron putter, and Vokey Wedges. The best part is that after your first rental, the clubs are available for complimentary use for a seven day period and can be used on either the Arnold Palmer or George Fazio Course.
 
Selected as Hawaii’s No. 1 “most underrated resort” by Travel + Leisure Golf magazine readers (in 2006), Turtle Bay Resort offers two distinctly different championship courses to choose from. The Arnold Palmer Course, great for those looking for a challenge, and The George Fazio Course, ideal for families that enjoy golfing together, are both nestled among 880 acres of beaches, ironwood trees and unspoiled wetlands on Oahu’s legendary North Shore.
 
ARNOLD PALMER COURSE
Ranked as a Top 100 Public Course in America by Golf Digest, the Palmer Course, an 18-hole championship course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, was rated one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses” in America and ranked 4th among Golf Digest’s “Best New Resort Courses in America” the year it opened. The Palmer-Seay layout features two very distinct experiences.
 
The front nine will challenge golfers with a Scottish Links style layout, while the back nine has a more tropical setting as it meanders through a tropical jungle and forest of ironwoods. The course forms a horseshoe around the Punaho’olapa Marsh, an unspoiled 100 acre wetlands and bird sanctuary. Water comes into play on 14 of the Palmer holes. The 17th, the signature hole, offers panoramic Pacific views from the green while the hole is dotted with nine bunkers, which makes it as challenging as it is scenic.
 
The par-72 Palmer Course measures 6,225 yards from the resort tees. When played from the Palmer (black) tees, this 7,218-yard seaside course presents a stiff challenge to even the best players in the world. Sand traps are plentiful, with more than 70 menacing the fairways and protecting the greens. However, there are five sets of tees on each hole that provide an enjoyable experience for golfers of any ability.  The Palmer Course has hosted the Champions Tour Turtle Bay Championship, LPGA SBS Open at Turtle Bay, and numerous Aloha Section PGA Tournaments.
 
GEORGE FAZIO COURSE
The Fazio Course is named after its late architect, George Fazio, who was once called “Michelangelo on a bulldozer.” Fazio was a prominent PGA Tour professional of the 40s and 50s and uncle/mentor to the famous golf architect Tom Fazio. The course opened in 1972 and is the only George Fazio layout in Hawaii.  It features generous fairways, deep bunkers, immaculately sculpted greens, and a restored back nine. The Fazio Course has been host to the LPGA Tour’s Hawaiian Open, and was the site of the first Senior Skins Game with Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gary Player and Sam Snead.
 
For more information visit www.TurtleBayGolf.com or call (808) 293-8574.
 
Turtle Bay Resort is the only full-scale resort on Oahu’s exciting North Shore, home of world-famous surfing, remote coastlines and exciting activities.  The resort is located on a promontory offering wide vistas of the ocean from every room. 
 
Turtle Bay Resort offers world class golf and tennis, spa treatments, riding stables with ocean and trail riding, two lushly landscaped oceanside pools, seaside dining, North Shore and waterfall aerial tours by Paradise Helicopters, and 12 miles of walking and jogging trails along spectacular coastlines and through forested lands.
 
In addition, the Resort is home to the famous Hans Hedemann Surf School where guests can get a taste of the world’s best surf. 
 
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the 880-acre Turtle Bay Resort is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International and is a Preferred Hotels® & Resorts Worldwide property - a collection of the world's finest independent luxury hotels.
 
Famous for world-class surfing, pristine white sand beaches, and its charming country setting, the North Shore also offers colorful cultural attractions, innovative ecological endeavors, and environmental adventures. 
 
For reservations or more information, visit www.turtlebayresort.com <http://www.turtlebayresort.com>  or call (808) 293-6000.
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com . 



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