Reed Travel Features
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
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
"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.