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The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village In St. Augustine Captures The Gold Tee Award

…The Northeast Florida Resort Recently
Completed A $10 Million Property-Wide Renovation

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (June 2009) – The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, which completed an impressive $10 million property-wide renovation in July 2008, captured Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “2009 Gold Tee Award.” Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, the 301-room Northeast Florida resort is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The “Gold Tee Award” recognizes the top golf and meeting hotels and resorts in the world. Winners were nominated and selected by the readers of the highly-read 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 hotels and resorts will be highlighted in Meetings & Conventions’ special Golf supplement in its July issue. “This is a very prestigious award, and we’re very honored that our resort and exceptional staff are recognized with this wonderful accolade,” said Mark Schwantner, general manager of the resort. “It shows what an outstanding choice The Renaissance Resort is for meetings, incentive groups, and conventions. Not only does the resort have an array of wonderful recreational offerings to appeal to any group, but we have a beautifully-renovated resort, and are consistently recognized for providing first-class service too.”

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village right next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort recently completed the comprehensive $10 million renovation. The project included the complete remodeling of all 301 guest rooms and suites, dramatic changes to the resort’s lobby atrium and entry area, remodeling all guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with new state-of-the-art equipment, remodeling of its billiard room, and enhancements to the meeting offerings and business center. The resort also remodeled its restaurant and bar, which opened as a new restaurant and bar called 500 South, An American Grill.

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Guest rooms and suites now feature new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the signature Marriott JackPack, which provides connectivity for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings with crisp white linens, and warm neutral gold accents. In-room offerings also include high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar, refrigerator, and in-room coffee.

The entry of the resort boasts beautiful new flooring, wood-wrapped columns, and accents of the Florida citrus colors. The entry leads to a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, which now has a Colonial/Asian theme with new furniture, carpeting and foliage, as well as a colorful new 7-story modern hanging sculpture that captures the wind and air elements, reminiscent of open Florida skies.

Whether you’re seeking a golfer’s paradise or a lush resort getaway, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village has something for everyone. Featuring a wealth of recreational offerings that appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike, the resort enables you to play golf on two of the country’s finest golf courses (King & Bear, and Slammer & Squire), enjoy a soothing service at the world-class PGA TOUR Spa Laterra, experience the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy, relax on a nearby beach, and explore the wonders of America’s oldest city, St. Augustine.

On-site offerings at The Renaissance Resort include a professional golf simulator, a sauna, pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and full-service concierge. Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole putting course, the 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® Theater, and the Walk of Champions.

Guests also can explore St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and many fascinating historical sites. Guests can visit the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and the nation’s Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse.

Call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com.

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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 207, or klamonica@chisano.com

NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com/Press/ , or are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.