Starr Pass GC honors armed forces

Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc., recently introduced “Fairways-Fore- FREEdom,” a new military program designed to support the men and women dedicated to protecting America’s freedom. In celebrating America’s armed forces, “Fairways-Fore-FREEdom” provides active, reserve and retired military personnel with both free and discount golf at over 25 acclaimed Marriott Golf courses throughout the United States, including Starr Pass Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.

“As military personnel continue to return home from serving our country overseas, and as we know that many members of the armed forces love to play golf, ‘Fairways-Fore-FREEdom’ is designed to say thank you and offer them special opportunities to enjoy this great game,” said Jim Keane, Senior Director of Operations, Marriott Golf. “With hundreds of thousands of active, reserve and retired military personnel who play golf, we can’t think of a better way to reward their unmatched dedication then to provide terrific values, along with free golf, at our collection of championship courses.”

The “Fairways-Fore-FREEdom” program commenced on Friday, May 25, 2012, in honor of Memorial Day weekend, and will run through Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 12, 2012. As part of the program, members of the armed forces that present a valid military ID card can take advantage of discounted “twilight” green fees/carts, ranging from just $29 – $69, while receiving a free replay certificate for another day. The free replay certificates will be valid until December 31, 2012. The program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week at participating Marriott Golf courses, and all tee times can be made up to three days in advance. In some cases, select Marriott Golf properties will even extend the hours that the special offer is available, further enhancing the value of the program and enabling eligible military personnel to experience the Company’s prestigious collection of championship golf courses.

Participating courses in the “Fairways-Fore-FREEdom” military golf program represent some of the country’s premier championship venues, including: Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Desert Springs Golf Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.; Grande Pines Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Grande Vista Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; MetroWest Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Falcon’s Fire Golf Club, Kissimmee, Fla.; Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Starr Pass Golf Club, Tucson, Ariz.; The Rookery at Marco, Naples, Fla.; Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.; Cattails Golf Club, Kingsport, Tenn.; Toftrees Golf Club, State College, Pa.; Griffin Gate Golf Club, Lexington, Ky.; Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Lihue, Hawaii; Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Crane’s Landing Golf Club, Lincolnshire, Ill.; Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va.; and Willow Crest Golf Club, Oak Brook, Ill. In total, 25 golf courses located at 20 Marriott Golf properties will participate in the program, which will provide military personnel with arguably the greatest golf values in the country today.

Members of the armed forces participating in “Fairways-Fore-FREEdom” can also take advantage of Marriott Golf Links, the Company’s golfer loyalty program that enables Marriott Rewards members to both earn and redeem points for golf. Members can earn Marriott Rewards points for rounds of golf and golf retail merchandise purchases. In addition, members can redeem points for rounds of golf, hotel accommodations, spa experiences, golf instruction, and more.

The “Fairways-Fore-FREEdom” military golf program, which cannot be combined with any other offer, is based on availability at participating Marriott Golf-managed courses, and certain restrictions may apply. This offer is valid for active, reserve, and retired personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard. For more information on the program, visit


4 Valley courses give back

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Four Valley golf clubs announced the launch of a new program to benefit The First Tee of Phoenix called Tee It Up at 10 For The First Tee. Each of the participating clubs (ASU Karsten Golf Course, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Longbow Golf Club and Raven Golf Club Phoenix) is setting aside one tee time Monday – Friday, June 11 – August 31 in the 10 o’clock hour available to the public for $100. The entire $100 is then donated to the local Valley chapter: The First Tee of Phoenix. “We noticed that nationally, The First Tee posted a goal of raising 100 Million dollars,” said Daryl Crawford, Director of Golf for ASU Karsten Golf Course. “We thought it was a great idea and through the common thread of OB Sports [management firm for participating clubs], we now have four clubs participating at a local level.” The tee times are valid for up to four players at $100 for the entire group and must be prepaid. Additionally, each of the participating facilities is also collecting donations of used and gently used equipment, e.g. clubs, shoes, balls, pull carts, umbrellas, clothes, for The First Tee of Phoenix. ” Junior golf has always been one of our top priorities at Longbow and for OB Sports team in general,” said Jay Larscheid, General Manager of Longbow Golf Club. “Plus, the program allows us to direct the proceeds back into junior-golf efforts here in Arizona. In the end, this is a strong incentive to gets more Valley kids playing the game of golf.” The First Tee of Phoenix teaches youngsters the game of golf by focusing important core values such as responsibility, respect, integrity and confidence, all of which are key to success on and off the golf course. “We truly appreciate the positive boost that our local chapter will receive from these clubs,” said Hugh Smith, Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix. “Their generosity will ensure a host of youngsters will pick up the game as well as the many valuable life lessons that go hand-in-hand.” To book this special tee time, golfers will need to call the clubs: ASU Karsten (480) 921-8070, Eagle Mountain (480) 816-1234, Longbow 480.807.5400 and Raven (602) 243-3636.


Prescott Valley\‘s StoneRidge joins ACCESS AZgolf

Looking to beat the heat this summer? Why not take a drive up to Prescott Valley and play a round at StoneRidge Golf Course. (And if you’re smart and live in the cooler parts of Arizona, you won’t have as far to drive!)

Through Sept. 15, ACCESS AZgolf members can play a round at StoneRidge for only $35. You heard that right, only $35 to play this fantastic course nestled in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains. And it’s only 1.5 hours north of the Valley which makes for a great day trip out of town.

Call 928-772-6500 to book your tee time and be sure to tell them you’re an ACCESS member. Then, when you get to the course, just show them your ACCESS card to get the preferred rate. Don’t have an ACCESS card yet? Get one today!


Splish Splash Golf Bash for kids

The First Tee of Phoenix will hold its 8th Annual Splish Splash Golf Bash Saturday, June 9 at the organization’s South Mountain Facility. The free event is open to the public and includes water games and activities, free food and free golf all day. Name of Event: 8th Annual Splish Splash Golf Bash When: 9 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, June 9 (Lunch will be served at 11 a.m.) Where: The First Tee of Phoenix South Mountain, 9510 S. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042 Overview: This will be a water-filled fun day that will have the children soaked as they play games, golf drills, and other fun golf activities. All will receive free lunch, drinks and ice cream. The Phoenix Fire Dept will also pay a visit and speak to the attendees about fire/pool safety and allow all participants to tour their Fire Truck. RSVP: Please reserve your spot with The First Tee of Phoenix at (602) 305-7655