Club Makes Securing a Tee Time as Easy as a Two-Foot Putt

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NEW YORK -- Clients will find that arranging tee times while in the Big Apple on business or for pleasure will be a lot easier this year.

That's because Metropolitan Golfers Club in Elmsford, N.Y., is working with six area hotels to secure tee times for guests.

The club, whose 2,500-plus members include several of New York's top corporations, plans to have as many as 60 hotels on its roster by May, said club president Andy Rich.

The club operates through concierges at Manhattan's Grand Hyatt, New York Renaissance and Four Seasons hotels as well as the Tarrytown Executive Conference Center in Westchester, the Garden City Hotel in Garden City and the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale.

With 1.6 million golfers competing for tee times within a 75-mile radius of Grand Central Station, it nearly is impossible for visitors to get on at area courses, Rich said.

"In the New York metropolitan area, it's four times more difficult to get tee times than in the rest of the country," Rich said. "Visitors who don't know the ropes or where to play can be overwhelmed by the whole process."

Under the program, guests request a tee time and the type of course they would like to play.

The club matches them with one of 100 courses in its portfolio, including Princeton Meadows in Princeton, N.J.; Doral Arrowwood in Rye and Colonial Springs in Farmingdale, both in New York, and Whitney Farms in Monroe, Conn.

Fees run from $30 to $125 for greens fees and a cart. Caddy fees and transportation are extra (most courses are within an hour's drive of Manhattan). Clients can rent clubs.

Rich said that the program, which booked approximately 10,000 rounds of golf last year, has helped steer business to participating hotels.

"A lot of times, if you're a golfer and going somewhere on business, you may want to go a day early or stay a day late to get your golf fix," Rich said.

"Rather than stay at a hotel that doesn't offer this service, they're going to go to one that does."

Rene Madrigal, head concierge at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, said the program is helping business.

"Through this unique golf partnership, we have seen a keen interest from our guests -- and especially business executives -- who are now more willing to spend an extra day around meetings to squeeze in a round at a top New York area course," he said.

For information, call (800) 463-8465.

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