SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

November 04, 2013 12:56 ET

West Midlands, UK Hotel Suits Its New Head Golf Professional to a Tee

The Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Welcomes Alistair Davies to Its Renowned Golf Academy

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND--(Marketwired - Nov 4, 2013) - Golfers who visit The Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club may find themselves on vacation, but that doesn't mean they don't want to improve their game while unwinding on the greens. From amateurs to professionals, every golfer feels inspired to play his best while on this West Midlands hotel's impeccable courses. And with the recent appointment of Alistair Davies as Head Golf Professional at the Forest of Arden Country Club, guests can finally bring their games up to par.

Davies arrived at this West Midlands golf course on 22 October 2013 by way of The Belfry, where he spent more than 16 years. He brings with him extensive industry experience as an Advanced Fellow of the PGA, and his professional roles have ranged from coaching Birmingham University teams to serving as the Performance Director for the Midland Performance Golf Academy. As an added feather in his cap, Davies was recently named among the top 100 coaches by Golf World magazine.

That this property is welcoming one of the UK's leading golf coaches is only right. After all, the property enjoys 10,000 acres of countryside with a golf academy and two top-tier, 18-hole courses. The championship 72-par Arden Course has hosted international tournaments like the English Open and the British Masters, while the par-69 Aylesford Course is shorter but just as majestic. The Country Club also includes a driving range, putting green, rentals, clubhouse and children's program.

While the hotel can feel worlds away from city life, it is in fact just four miles away from the Birmingham NEC (National Exhibition Centre), and it's also near Stratford-upon-Avon. This juxtaposition of country and city influences plays well to Davies' strengths. The Swansea-born golf pro is renowned for his expertise with the golf swing and his familiarity with modern methods, which means he will introduce a new dynamic to the well-established Forest of Arden Country Club. He was even selected by the PGA in 2005 to lecture, train and develop students in Birmingham University's Applied Golf Management program. Such expertise promises exciting things for guests of this beautiful property in the years to come.

About the Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Located in the heart of the West Midlands, the Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club unwinds along 10,000 acres of breathtaking countryside. Guests, who enjoy easy access from the Birmingham Airport, find a perfect retreat at this four-star hotel. Egyptian-cotton bedding, Internet access, flat-screen LCD televisions and in-room dining that showcases the best of local and organic produce all combine to create an oasis-like feeling for travellers on vacation. For corporate visitors, the spacious work areas in the guest room set the tone for the rest of the hotel's ample meeting space. With 18 meeting rooms (11,636 square feet of total space), onsite catering and certified event planners, every event makes a grand impression. Other amenities, like the fitness centre, tennis courts, indoor pool, fly-fishing and mountain-biking trail, complement the hotel's two big draws of spa and golf. The Forest of Arden Country Club boasts two 18-hole courses, an academy and a driving range, while The Cedarwood Spa offers a complete range of services. With so much to do, visitors are bound to work up a hearty appetite. Ready to answer any cravings are Zest Restaurant with internationally-inspired dishes and the award-winning Oaks Bar & Grill for fine dining as well as satisfying breakfasts and lunches.

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