GOLFERS’ FAVORITE TRADITIONS PACKAGE RETURNS TO REYNOLDS PLANTATION

Greensboro, Ga. (Nov. 25, 2014) – As golfers continue their tradition of traveling to Reynolds Plantation to play one of the most elite collections of golf courses in the United States, it is appropriate that the Traditions Package returns for 2015 as a guest year-round favorite at the famed golf destination on Georgia’s Lake Oconee.

Just as four of the golf courses in the Reynolds Plantation collection have undergone various degrees of renovation the past two years, the Traditions Package has evolved into a stay-and-play getaway that is a flexible fit for families or a group of friends.

Not only do guests choose from a cottage or condominium, which range from two to four bedrooms, but they also get their choice to play Jack Nicklaus’ famed Great Waters course, Rees Jones’ brilliant Oconee course, Tom Fazio’s 27-hole National course, or Bob Cupp’s dual masterpieces, The Plantation and The Landing.  Package rates begin at $229 per person per night and the Traditions package is available through March 31, 2015.

With unlimited same-day repeat play and a special rate on additional day-of-arrival or day-of-departure rounds, this package offers a great way to fully embrace the tradition of award-winning golf at Reynolds Plantation.

The Traditions Package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations in a cottage or condominium at Reynolds Plantation (choice of 2- to 4-bedroom units)
  • One round of golf for each night of stay
  • Select from Plantation, Landing, National, Great Waters** and Oconee**
  • Complimentary replay on same course, same day
  • Additional round on day of departure/arrival at discounted rate of $99 per person, per round
  • Access to practice facilities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Full Southern-style breakfast daily at the Plantation Clubhouse
  • The Traditions Package rate is $279 is per person

** denotes $50 upcharge to play Great Waters and Oconee

Both the Great Waters and Oconee courses are ranked as “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” and the Oconee added a new honor for 2015 as one of the 100 “Best Resort Courses” in the country. The National Course and The Landing also earned honors among the best courses in the golf-rich state of Georgia. Together the Lake Oconee gems continue to enrich the reputation of Reynolds Plantation as a premier golf community and preferred golf destination.

During the past two years, the greens at Oconee the National have been converted to Champion bermudagrass, providing superior year round playing surfaces. A complete bunker renovation also was completed at the National. The Landing, which introduced golf to the Lake Oconee region, and Great Waters – host of the “Big Break Invitational” – also received significant enhancements.

Beyond golf, Reynolds Plantation offers an array of recreation opportunities: 374 miles of shoreline along Lake Oconee, Georgia’s second-largest lake, is ideal for bass fishing, recreational boating and water skiing; four marinas with complete services; the Lake Club Wellness Center and Peter Burwash International Tennis Center present options for complete fitness activities; dining and casual atmospheres at The Landing Clubhouse, the Plantation Grille and Linger Longer Steakhouse in the Oconee Clubhouse.

For more information about Reynolds Plantation, visit www.reynoldsplantation.com, or to book a reservation by phone, please call (877) 809-3324 between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm eastern time.

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About Reynolds Plantation
Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., is situated along more than 374 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline and features six championship golf courses, dining, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, marinas, a tennis center and a wellness campus. Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa, which was named a 2013 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2012 Forbes Four-Star resort. The community is located about an hour and a half from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. For more information, visit www.reynoldsplantation.com.

Real estate and other amenities are owned by Oconee Land Development Company LLC and/or other subsidiaries and affiliates of MetLife, Inc. (collectively “OLDC”), and are not owned or operated by MetLife. MetLife is not engaged in home building, leasing, resales or brokerage activities at Reynolds Plantation. OLDC may not own homes, condos or cottages; availability varies and is subject to withdrawal without notice. Obtain the Property Report required by Federal law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any of this property. The California Department of Real Estate has not inspected, examined, or qualified this offering. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in Reynolds Plantation by residents of HI, ID, NY, OR, or any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. No offering can be made to residents of New York until an offering plan is filed with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Access and rights to recreational amenities may be subject to fees, membership dues or limitations.

Seaside Course at Sea Island Rated a Top 20 Golf Destination by Golfweek

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia, Nov. 24, 2014 – Sea Island Golf Club has once again landed an acclaimed spot on Golfweek’s list of Best Resort Courses for 2015. The Seaside course at Sea Island, which was originally designed in 1929 by famed architects Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison and redesigned in 1999 by Tom Fazio, has earned the No. 19 spot on the list out of 100 courses nationwide. The annual list is compiled by Golfweek’s panel of course raters around the country.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment to our team here at Sea Island that Seaside received such a worthy recognition,” said Brannen Veal, director of golf. “Along with our Plantation course, Retreat course and new Golf Performance Center, Sea Island has everything golfers need for a fun and challenging golf trip experience.”

For the past five years, Seaside has served as the host site for the PGA TOUR’s McGladrey Classic and has also hosted multiple USGA events. Situated at the southern point of the resort right along the Atlantic Ocean, Seaside is a links course, which plays firm and fast in true Scottish links tradition, and offers stunning views and a demanding layout for golfers.

To see the full list of Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses for 2015, go to golfweek.com/news/2014/nov/05/golfweeks-best-resort-courses-2015.

About Sea Island
An exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality, Sea Island is the home of two of the top five resorts and one of the top five hotel spas in the Continental U.S., according to Travel + Leisure’s 2013 and 2014 World’s Best Awards. With four Forbes Five-Star experiences – The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, The Spa at Sea Island and the Georgian Room restaurant – and an extensive array of engaging nature adventures and recreational experiences, Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge. It is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for six consecutive years. Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis and squash centers, Yacht Club, Shooting School and Camp Cloister. Well known as a family resort, Sea Island is steeped in golf tradition and is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside, site of the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center. Guests may also enjoy nearby Broadfield, a Sea Island Sporting Club and Lodge, offering a variety of seasonal hunting, fishing, sporting and organic culinary opportunities. Renowned for its hospitality, Sea Island has been creating life-long traditions for discerning travelers and offering real estate ownership opportunities since 1928. Experience Sea Island at seaisland.com.

Contact:
Megan Godfrey, KemperLesnik
708-214-4287
megan.godfrey@kemperlesnik.com

Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue Among Top Resort Courses in the U.S., According to 2015 Golfweek List

Streamsong, Florida – Nov. 19, 2014 – For the second consecutive year, Streamsong Resort’s two courses, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue, have been named to Golfweek’s list of Best Resort Courses for 2015, adding to the resort’s growing list of accolades. In only its second year of operation, Streamsong Red was ranked No. 12 and Streamsong Blue ranked No.14, maintaining the impressive rankings they achieved in their first year of operation.

The Golfweek magazine list, compiled annually utilizing Golfweek’s panel of course raters around the country, appears online and in the November 2014 issue.

“This prestigious ranking from Golfweek is a great testament to the authentic golf experience at Streamsong and to our team which is so passionate about celebrating the game of golf,” said Rich Mack, executive vice president and CFO of The Mosaic Company. “We are proud of the place Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue have carved out in the golf world in just two short years. We have high expectations for Streamsong, its future and the experience we will bring to our valued customers.”

Streamsong Resort is built on approximately 16,000 acres of former phosphate mining land and includes the extraordinary terrain where Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw of Coore & Crenshaw (Streamsong Red) and Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design (Streamsong Blue) leveraged their architectural talents to create two unparalleled, intersecting golf courses unlike any others in Florida. Since their grand opening in January 2013, the two courses have racked up an impressive list of awards and accolades for their pure golf experience.

The resort features a 216-room Lodge and a 12-room Clubhouse designed by Alfonso Architects, 24,000 square-feet of flexible conference and meeting space, casual and fine dining and a full-service grotto-style spa. The property also includes outdoor reception areas, a lakeside pool, a hiking and birding trail, guided bass fishing and sporting clays.

Online tee-times for both Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue and packages are available to the public via streamsongresort.com. Guests may also e-mail reservations@streamsongresort.com for reservations.

About Streamsong Resort
Located between Tampa and Orlando, Streamsong® Resort has been developed by The Mosaic Company and is founded on a commitment to its surrounding resources. From awe-inspiring golf courses and enchanting nature trails to sumptuous dining and ethereal spa experiences, Streamsong operates in concert with its environment. This appreciation for the land’s inherent beauty creates an unparalleled luxury resort. For more information, visit streamsongresort.com.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, conference centers and independent hotels worldwide. Currently, Interstate and its affiliates manage 360 hotels with more than 69,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, including six wholly-owned hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 39 hotels with 7,700 rooms under construction or development throughout the world. For more information, visit interstatehotels.com.

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit kempersports.com.

Contact:
Megan Godfrey, KemperLesnik
p: 847.291.6740
megan.godfrey@kemperlesnik.com

NEW HONOR FOR OCONEE COURSE AT REYNOLDS PLANTATION – GOLFWEEK’S LIST OF “BEST RESORT COURSES”

Greensboro, Ga. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Adding a new award to its impressive resume, the Oconee Course at Reynolds Plantation has been named to the Golfweek magazine list of the nation’s “Best Resort Courses” for 2015.

Located on Lake Oconee, between Atlanta and Augusta, the Rees Jones design debuts in the rankings at No. 46, one of only two Georgia destination golf venues selected, based on a point system. The list of Top 100 resort courses is published in Golfweek’s annual edition of the “Ultimate Guide To Golf Course Living And Great Escapes” and is posted on www.golfweek.com.

Home to one of the most elite collections of golf courses in the United States, Reynolds Plantation has earned numerous honors – not only for the Oconee Course, but for Great Waters (the venue for this year’s inaugural Big Break Invitational), the National Course, The Landing, Plantation and members-only Creek Club design. Together the Lake Oconee gems continue to enrich the reputation of Reynolds Plantation as one of the premier golf communities, as well as golf destinations in the game.

Several recent golf course renovation projects are part of a multi-million dollar renovation that touched nearly every facet of the award-winning Reynolds Plantation residential golf community, as well as The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, a AAA Five Diamond resort.

Beyond golf, Reynolds Plantation offers an array of recreation opportunities: 374 miles of shoreline along Lake Oconee, Georgia’s second-largest lake, is ideal for bass fishing, recreational boating and water skiing; four marinas with complete services; the Lake Club Wellness Center and Peter Burwash International Tennis Center present options for complete fitness activities; dining and casual atmospheres at The Landing Clubhouse, the Plantation Grille and Linger Longer Steakhouse in the Oconee Clubhouse.

Vacation guests at Reynolds Plantation can choose from individual cottages within the private gates, while enjoying a variety of amenities. Accommodations also are available at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge on property.

For more information about Reynolds Plantation, visit www.reynoldsplantation.com, or to book a reservation by phone, please call (877) 809-3324 between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm eastern time.

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About Reynolds Plantation

Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., is situated along more than 374 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline and features six championship golf courses, dining, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, marinas, a tennis center and a wellness campus. Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa, which was named a 2013 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2012 Forbes Four-Star resort. The community is located about an hour and a half from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. For more information, visit www.reynoldsplantation.com.

Real estate and other amenities are owned by Oconee Land Development Company LLC and/or other subsidiaries and affiliates of MetLife, Inc. (collectively “OLDC”), and are not owned or operated by MetLife. MetLife is not engaged in home building, leasing, resales or brokerage activities at Reynolds Plantation. OLDC may not own homes, condos or cottages; availability varies and is subject to withdrawal without notice. Obtain the Property Report required by Federal law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any of this property. The California Department of Real Estate has not inspected, examined, or qualified this offering. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in Reynolds Plantation by residents of HI, ID, NY, OR, or any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. No offering can be made to residents of New York until an offering plan is filed with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Access and rights to recreational amenities may be subject to fees, membership dues or limitations.

PINEHURST NO. 2 RECEIVES GOLF DIGEST GREEN STAR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Nov. 10, 2014) Pinehurst No. 2, which hosted the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks this summer, has received Golf Digest’s 2014 Green Star Award for Outstanding Environmental Practices.

No. 2 was honored with the award because it has “implemented water reduction programs in startling and instructive ways.” In 2014, in fact, Pinehurst No. 2 will use about 73% less water than in 2009 – the last full year prior to the beginning of a major restoration project that eliminated Bermuda rough and reintroduced sand and native wiregrass.

“We’re thrilled to receive this honor from Golf Digest,” said Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s Director of Golf Course and Grounds Management. “We didn’t set out for this, but I think it shows that we’ve brought Pinehurst No. 2 back to the way it was meant to be played, with firm and fast conditions that reflect the natural terrain of the North Carolina Sandhills.”

Reduced water consumption has been a positive byproduct of the restoration of No. 2. Conducted by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore and completed in 2011, the project sought to return the course to the playing conditions created by Donald Ross in the 1930s, around the time when the course hosted its first major championship and when it began to be regarded as one of the premier layouts in the country. That included restoring a single-line sprinkler system in the fairways and reducing the total number of irrigation heads to 450 from about 1,100.

That was on display this summer during the Open championships when a lack of rainfall in the weeks leading up to the tournaments left its Bermuda fairways “tawny yellow, even brown in places,” according to Golf Digest. But just a month after the Opens concluded, visitors to No. 2 discovered that No. 2’s fairways had returned to green.

“They were not green because the manager had fired up the irrigation system once the USGA had left town,” Golf Digest wrote in its December 2014 issue. “They were green because it had rained. That’s the new policy at Pinehurst No. 2. Let nature dictate course conditions.”

“Pinehurst No. 2 proved it’s a championship test, even when its grass is yellow,” Golf Digest continued.

Golf Digest instituted its Green Star Awards in 2009 to recognize golf facilities that “demonstrate the best in sustainable, efficient and innovative environmental practices that every golf facility could emulate.” Working with a panel of judges, Golf Digest evaluates resorts and courses on several factors: water use and conservation, energy use and conservation, waste disposal, pest and disease management, wildlife promotion, and contribution to the local environment and community.

Previous winners of the Green Star Awards include Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Kiawah Island Resort, Pebble Beach Resorts, Sunriver Resort, Madden’s on Gull Lake, Barona Resort & Casino, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.

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About Pinehurst

Located in the North Carolina heartland, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, established in 1895, is a 2,000-acre property featuring an award-winning spa, eight golf courses, tennis, and activities for the family.  Widely known as the cradle of American golf, Pinehurst has hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America, including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches, TOUR Championship and many others. In 2014, it served as the site, in consecutive weeks, for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships.  See pinehurst.com or call 800-487-4653 for a complete list of events and activities.

Pinehurst Resort Named IAGTO North America Golf Resort of the Year

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Pinehurst Resort has earned the distinction of North America Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

“We are honored that IAGTO has recognized Pinehurst Resort as North America’s 2014 Golf Resort of the Year,” said Jack Bickart, senior vice president of sales. “Known as the ‘Cradle of American Golf,’ Pinehurst has hosted more single golf championships than any site in America, and made history once again with the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks in June. From Hagan to Hogan to Snead to Nicklaus to Woods and now, to Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie, Pinehurst offers a legacy and history in golf no other resort in America can match.”

Pinehurst Resort features nine championship golf courses for guests to enjoy, including the famed Pinehurst No. 2. Opened in 1907, No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world. In 2010, the design firm of Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw began to restore the natural and strategic characteristics that were the essence of Ross’s original design. With the Donald Ross Package, resort guests are treated to one round of golf per day, accommodations at one of three historic hotels, and dinner and breakfast daily for $659 per person, per night.

More than 500 IAGTO golf tour operators from 62 countries cast their vote for this award. Each operator nominates what they considered to be the best performing golf resorts of the year enjoyed by their golf travelling clients. There are estimated to be just over 1,000 golf resorts in the United States and some 2,000 in total worldwide. The golf resort in each of the three regions with the most number of votes receives the Golf Resort of the Year accolade. Operators consider overall customer satisfaction, quality of the golf course and accommodations, value, accessibility to tee times, and speed of communication and levels of service.

To reserve any of the wide variety of Pinehurst Resort packages, or for more information, visit Pinehurst.com or call (855) 235-8507.

About Pinehurst

Located in the North Carolina heartland, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, established in 1895, is a 2,000-acre property featuring an award-winning spa, nine golf courses, tennis, and activities for the family. Widely known as the Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst has hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America, including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches, TOUR Championship and many others. In June, Pinehurst served as the site of both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in 2014 in back-to-back weeks. See pinehurst.com or call 800-487-4653 for a complete list of events and activities.

Casa de Campo Achieves the IAGTO Award, “Golf Resort of the Year”

La Romana, Dominican Republic – Adding to the resort’s impressive list of acclaims, Casa de Campo – 7,000-acre luxury resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic known for the Sporting Life – is thrilled to announce its recent recognition as “Golf Resort of the Year” in the 2014 IAGTO Awards within the “Rest of the World” category.

As the global trade organization for the golf tourism industry, IAGTO conducts the annual awards to recognize the best-performing golf resorts in three regions: North America, Europe and the Rest of the World. Over 500 specialist golf tour operators in 62 different countries vote on the golf resorts based on criteria ranging from customer satisfaction, quality of golf courses and accommodations, to value for money, support from suppliers and tourist boards & airlines.

“On behalf of the entire resort, Casa de Campo is honored to receive the ‘Golf Resort of the Year’ award from IAGTO,” says Peter Bonell, chief marketing officer for Casa de Campo. “We are proud to have such a renowned organization recognize our 90 holes of Pete Dye-designed golf because playing golf at Casa de Campo is an integral component to the Sporting Life. Each of the three courses — Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links — presents unique challenges for golfers, whether it is playing the seven oceanfront holes on Teeth against strong seaside winds, or Dye Fore’s signature shots edging 300-feet cliffs dropping to the Chavon River below. Additionally, Casa de Campo’s attentive staff and upscale amenities make for great vacation experiences on and off the greens.”

Qualifying for the prestigious “Golf Resort of the Year” accolade, Casa de Campo boasts three diverse courses designed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye. Teeth of the Dog – the resort’s first and most famous course ranked No. 1 in the region – opened 40 years ago and is credited with bringing golf tourism to the Dominican Republic. Additional resort courses include Dye Fore and Links attracting players with various experiences from cliff-side tees and inland water hazards, to fairways overlooking the resort’s marina and Caribbean Sea beyond.

Casa de Campo – a member of Leading Golf Resorts of the World, Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts – is situated along the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic offering spacious accommodations and extravagant three-to-ten bedroom villa mansions. The Sporting Life beckons with everything from Pete Dye-designed golf and fishing/sailing at the 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, to a Polo & Equestrian Club, La Terrazza Tennis Center and skeet/trap shooting at the 245-acre Shooting Club. Indulgent experiences include treatments at The Casa de Campo Spa, five-star dining at The Beach Club by Le Cirque, six other resort cuisine collections and cultural exploring at Altos de Chavon, an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th-century Mediterranean city boasting a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater hosting international touring concerts.

For more information on Casa de Campo, contact your preferred travel agent, call 1-800-877-3643, visit casadecampo.com.do, Facebook.com/casadecamporesort, and on Twitter, @casadecampo.