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Renowned Architect Rees Jones to Direct $1 Million Bunker Renovation at Griffin Gate Golf Club

Published: 03/16/2015

Golf Course Enhancement Project Scheduled for Completion in Mid-May; Bunker Renovation to Feature Better Billy Bunker Method, Used on Famed Courses like Valhalla, Bethpage Black and Hazeltine National

Lexington, Ky. - Griffin Gate Golf Club, a Marriott Golf-managed facility located at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, Kentucky, today announced that the property has broken ground on a $1 million bunker renovation project, along with a complete greens complex refinement.

Scheduled for completion in mid-May, Marriott Golf has commissioned renowned golf architect Rees Jones, the original Griffin Gate Golf Course designer, to direct the project, which will further enhance one of the premier golf experiences in the rolling hills of Kentucky Bluegrass Country.

Highlighting the project, Rees Jones will utilize the highly successful Better Billy Bunker Method throughout the golf course. This innovative bunker system is currently used at a collection of the game's premier golf courses, including Valhalla in Louisville, Bethpage Black in New York and Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. The bunker system is also popular among Marriott Golf facilities, having recently been installed at The Rookery at Marco, located at the Marco Island Marriott Resort.

"I am happy to be returning to work on Griffin Gate, one of my first designs. It's like seeing an old friend after 34 years," said Rees Jones. "1981 was quite a while back, so a bunker renovation to bring the course ‘back to the future' will serve the course well. We are also re-defining the fairway lines and creating chipping areas to give the course more varied challenges. We feel the changes will maintain the popularity that Griffin Gate has enjoyed for the last three decades."

"We are extremely excited to have Rees Jones return to Griffin Gate and lead not only the bunker renovation, but the greens complex refinement as well," said Mark Ravenscraft, General Manager, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. "Aside of his famed expertise, no one knows the facility better, which means this project will greatly enhance a golf course already known for its competitive play, beauty and environmentally friendly appeal. Griffin Gate enjoys a tremendous history and popularity in the rolling hills of Kentucky and we are excited that Rees Jones will help to take that distinction to another level."

To best service customers during the project period, Griffin Gate officials and Rees Jones, Inc. will execute the operation in two 9 holes phases, thus allowing for 9 holes of the course to remain open for resort and local guests at all times. The project is estimated to be completed in mid-May when all details of the renovation and all related refinements will be announced, and prior to the public re-opening of the new-look Griffin Gate Golf Course.

About Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
Enveloped by rolling Bluegrass Country Hills, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is a true urban oasis, located near area highways, yet secluded enough for guests to experience scenic Lexington resort ambiance. Guest can enjoy a Lexington, Kentucky, hotel boasting locally inspired décor, convenient work spaces, Marriott signature bedding and the latest in technology enhancements. Completely renovated hotel rooms blend southern hospitality with unsurpassed comfort. From the Rees Jones-designed golf course and pavilion to the Mansion, a meticulously restored 19th century antebellum manor blending tradition and sophistication, events are a unique experience at this hotel in Lexington. Guests can also enjoy a Lexington, KY, hotel that is fresh off a lobby renovation which promotes work productivity and now features food & beverage options from Marriott's Greatroom 5/10/20 menu. Adding to the experience for guests, The Spa at Griffin Gate offers a variety of treatments that are sure to melt stress and provide complete relaxation. For more information, visit

About Marriott Golf
Marriott Golf manages 52 golf courses at 40 locations in 12 countries, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for seven Marriott International lodging brands. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world's premier golf operators. Marriott provides golf management and consulting services to a variety of operational environments including resort, private club, daily fee, golf school and franchises. For more information, visit Click here for Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) company information.