Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Unveils New Clubhouse

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Marcos Island, Fla., has unveiled a new $10 million clubhouse at The Rookery. The 21,000-square-foot building, which contains banquet space for group functions or post-tournament celebrations, is part an overall $187 million renovation to the resort. The structure offers the Rookery Steakhouse by Allen Brothers of Chicago, and a members-only area with a warm-up room, library, veranda, dining room, business offices and private meeting space.

"The clubhouse was designed with all of our clients in mind, from groups to leisure guests, and especially club members. Our new facility allows us to extend the memorable golf experience off the course for pre- and post-play enjoyment here in the clubhouse," said Chris Major, director of golf operations.

The Rookery at Marco, redesigned in 2004 by Robert Cupp, Jr., sports five tees per hole, big greens and Tif-Sport Bermuda grass. The course is home to the Faldo School by Marriott. As an Audubon-sanctioned course, The Rookery at Marco helps conserve Marco Islandís ecological balance by preserving areas for native birds and wildlife.

The massive renovation at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort represents the largest capital investment of any Marriott property. Spanning three years, the project encompasses virtually every inch of the beach-front resort. Highlights include the 24,000-square-foot Spa at Marco Island, a total overhaul of the Quinn's and Tiki pools, and the addition of the 10,000-square-foot Palms Ballroom.

Open year-round, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., seasonal rates at The Rookery start at $75 per person, including greens fees and GPS-enabled golf carts. For tee times or additional information, call 800/GET-HERE or visit††††