2016 News Releases


Marriott Golf supports national Rounds 4 Research auction April 1-10

Environmental Institute for Golf program on behalf of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America benefits research and education

Lawrence, Kan. (April 5, 2016) — Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators, is supporting the 2016 Rounds 4 Research auction with 20 of its managed courses generously donating rounds of golf in eight states and three foreign countries, including golf-rich Costa Rica. The Rounds 4 Research program, which offers golfers the opportunity to bid on tee times in support of industry research, will be open through April 10 at www.biddingforgood.com/eifg, with more than 700 rounds of golf available (each round listed is for two or four players).

Rounds 4 Research is a venture of the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), and is presented in partnership with The Toro Co. Funds generated from the auction will support GCSAA research-related activities, its affiliated chapters and regional turfgrass organizations. Since launching nationally in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised more than $400,000 for turfgrass research, education and advocacy programs. The 2015 auctions raised $112,500.

“It is exciting to think of the possibilities of the Rounds 4 Research program when Marriott Golf and other GCSAA industry partners come together to give golfers a great way to support the long-term health of this great game,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer.

“Marriott Golf is committed to promoting environmental sustainability, and we are a proud supporter of the Rounds 4 Research initiative in collaboration with EIFG,” said Brett Stark, senior director, marketing & eCommerce.

Participating Marriott Golf properties include:

  • Camelback Golf Club (Ariz.)
  • Cattails at Meadowview Resort (Tenn.)
  • Desert Springs Golf Resort (Calif.)
  • TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ
  • Gaylord Springs Golf Links (Tenn.)
  • Grande Vista Golf Club (Fla.)
  • Griffin Gate Golf Club (Ky.)
  • Hawk’s Landing Golf Club (Fla.)
  • La Iguana Golf Course/Resort (Costa Rica)
  • Manhattan Beach Marriott and Golf Club (Calif.)
  • Marco Island Marriott Golf Resort (Fla.)
  • Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club (Fla.)
  • Shadow Ridge Golf Club (Calif.)
  • Starr Pass Country Club (Ariz.)
  • Stone Mountain Golf Club (Ga.)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes (Fla.)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Members Club (Fla.)
  • Toftrees Golf Resort (Pa.)
  • Westfields Golf Club (Va.)
  • Wildfire Golf Club (Ariz.)

Marriott Golf will also promote the auction through its Global Getaways newsletter program that reaches more than 250,000 golf travelers who have stayed and/or played at a Marriott Golf managed property.


About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.