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» Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | August 26, 2010 9:00 AM ET

Billy Casper Golf to Manage Tomoka Oaks Golf and Country Club

(ORMOND BEACH, FL) -- Billy Casper Golf, which owns and operates more than 120 golf courses, country clubs and resorts throughout the United States, has been retained to manage the semi-private Tomoka Oaks Golf and Country Club located about 10 minutes north of Daytona Beach.

The engagement increases Billy Casper's management presence to 10 properties in Florida and 18 in the southeast region.

BCG will oversee all aspects of Tomoka Oaks' property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, merchandising, food and beverage, membership programs, marketing and public relations, financial management, golf instruction and special events.

"Billy Casper Golf has a proven track record restoring golf assets to their former luster," says L. Wayne McClain, president and chief executive officer of Putnam State Bank, owner of Tomoka Oaks.  "A soundly-managed course and clubhouse will help make Tomoka Oaks a 'destination' golf club."

BCG will enroll Tomoka Oaks in the Audubon International "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" program, ensuring high standards protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of golf.  Results include a reduction of maintenance costs, including insurance premiums, energy, water, pesticides, fertilizer, equipment wear and labor.

"Tomoka Oaks has the physical structure in place to provide members, guests and the public strong golf and social programs," says Billy Casper Golf chairman/CEO Peter Hill. "The Billy Casper Golf difference will be evident in both immediate and long-term development projects."

Set among magnificent, mature oak trees, Tomoka Oaks offers a challenging 18-hole, 6,745-yard, par-72 layout.  The classic design affords many scoring opportunities for golfers despite small, well-protected greens.  The practice area consists of a driving range, putting green and large bunker.

Based in Vienna, Va., Billy Casper Golf is one of the golf industry's largest operators and owners of public, private and resort golf course developments.

Marriott Vacation Club Offers Fall Getaway Packages

(ORLANDO, FL) -- As summer fades to fall, Marriott Vacation Club is offering some memorable getaway opportunities at more than 50 participating MVC resorts worldwide. Featuring spacious villa accommodations, these getaways are giving guests 20 percent discounts on room rates for stays of two nights or more from Sept. 7 to Dec. 17, 2010.

With resorts in some of the world's most desirable destinations from Hawaii to Thailand, the hardest part will be deciding where to go. Among some of the top choices are Orlando, where Marriott Vacation Club has seven properties to enjoy. Another popular spot are the sugary beaches of Aruba's Palm Beach at Marriott's Aruba Surf Club and Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club.

Meanwhile, out on the West Coast, vacationers can enjoy the change of seasons at Marriott's Timber Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., where guests are mere steps from the Gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort, or soak up the sun at Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort in the heart of the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.

Wherever you go, enjoy all the comforts of home in spacious studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas featuring fully-equipped kitchens, separate living and dining areas, multiple televisions, private balcony, washer/dryer and wireless Internet access. Three-bedroom villas can accommodate up to 10 guests.

Marriott Vacation Club is one of the largest time-share companies in the world. Formed in 1984, Marriott became the first branded hospitality company to enter the timeshare industry, adding its signature quality, service and hospitality expertise. In 2006, the brand established a regional presence in Asia-Pacific through the launch of a flexible points-based program tailored to the Asian consumer and after more than 25 years of innovation and evolution, the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations program was introduced in 2010 in North America and the Caribbean

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