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The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village Captures Prestigious Gold Tee Award

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (July 2008) – The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, has captured Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “Gold Tee Award” for 2008. This marks the fourth consecutive year the 301-room resort has won the highly-respected award, which is given annually to outstanding golf/meeting properties worldwide. The resort was one of just 74 domestic and 10 offshore/international golf properties recognized with the honor. Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Not resting on its laurels, the resort just completed an impressive $10 million property-wide renovation. The project included the complete remodeling of all 301 guest rooms and suites, dramatic changes to the resort’s lobby atrium, the remodeling and opening of a new restaurant and bar, new carpeting and wallcoverings for all guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with new state-of-the art equipment, new lighting throughout the public spaces, new carpeting in the meeting space, and even the addition of a new “signature scent.”

Winners of the Gold Tee Award were nominated and selected by the readers of the magazine based on the overall experience, including overall staff attitude, quality of guest service, range of recreation facilities, quality of the guest rooms and meeting facilities, proficiency of handling reservations, and availability of technical/support equipment. All winning golf properties were highlighted in Meetings & Conventions’ special Golf Guide in the July 2008 issue.

“We’re very pleased to receive this prestigious award for the fourth consecutive year,” said Mark Schwantner, general manager of the resort. “Winning this honor shows our dedication to providing excellent guest service and outstanding recreational offerings to all of our valued groups. This award shows that groups and planners were very pleased with our previous facilities, but they just love our newly remodeled, and greatly enhanced, resort.”
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The Renaissance Resort is ideally situated in the heart of the beautifully landscaped 6,300-acre World Golf Village. In addition to featuring exceptional golf on two of the country’s finest courses – King & Bear and Slammer & Squire -- The Renaissance Resort has a wealth of additional recreational offerings. These include the 24-hour health club and sauna, an indoor professional golf simulator, large pool, hot tub, tennis courts, a newly-enhanced billiard room, 24-hour business center, jogging trails, and full-service concierge.

Guests also have privileges at the private oceanfront Serenata Beach Club, and have access to the PGA TOUR Golf Academy, the PGA TOUR Spa Laterra, an  18-hole championship putting course, and an impressive Island Challenge Hole.

In addition to its convenient location next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort also is an easy walk to the Walk of Champions (which features bricks commemorating golf’s greatest players), an IMAX® Theater, and a boutique avenue with an assortment of specialty shops and restaurants.

The 10-story Renaissance Resort offers spectacular views overlooking the Village’s picturesque lake and golf courses, and features a towering open atrium lobby complete with running streams, and a cascading waterfall.

Visiting the resort also provides the opportunity to explore beautiful St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and such historical sites as the Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and the nation’s Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse.

For more information on The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, call        1-888-740-7020 or 1-904-940-8000, or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com .

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PR Contact:  Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 236, or klamonica@chisano.com .

NOTE: Many high-resolution photos of the resort that may be downloaded are available at http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com/Press/  . Or, photos are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.