SHAWNEE ON DELAWARE, Pennsylvania (April 7, 2009) — Determined to be the “Ready Golf Capital of the World,” The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is implementing a program that will reinforce how “Ready Golf” can enhance every round guests play at the historic, 27-hole retreat along the scenic Delaware Water Gap.
While maintaining its philosophy that guests should be able to enjoy the golf course at a relaxing pace, each golfer will be provided with a list of alternatives that can help groups complete 18 holes in Shawnee’s designated target time of 4 hours, 30 minutes. Brief course management presentations will be offered three times each day, based on staff availability.
“The Ready Golf Program at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is designed to improve the speed of play, which we believe will translate into an even better experience for everyone,” said Steve Taggart, the Director of Golf at Shawnee. “We want to maintain a steady pace and eliminate preventable waiting periods throughout the golf course.”
Starting April 15, The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort will establish one of the most comprehensive pace-of-play initiatives ever presented by a destination golf resort in the country. The resort hopes to infuse optimum time management within its guests’ individual golf experience. The program has its trained professional staff ready to inspire each golfer to adapt new habits that apply to everything from the most effective spots to park the golf cart, basic etiquette tips and ways to more quickly finish a hole and exit the green.
“We never want our guests to be in a hurry,” Taggart said. “But there are so many little things that most of us never think about that can take several minutes off of each hole we play. That all adds up. Also, there is evidence that points to faster play improving scores, which is always the best benefit at the end of the day, as well.”
Shawnee is the home of the first Tillinghast Poconos golf courses, which debuted in 1911 and serve as the birthplace of one of the most distinguished careers in the history of golf course architecture. The three distinct nines (Red, White and Blue) are laid out with 24 holes on a private island in the Delaware River.
The Tillinghast Golf Academy and the lighted Tillinghast Approach Course (a nine-hole par 3) accent the resort’s amenities for golfers. Access to the Approach Course, a perfect after-dinner activity for golfing families and friends, is complimentary to the resort’s overnight guests.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is conveniently located 70 miles from New York City, 100 miles from Philadelphia, 150 miles from Albany, N.Y. and 200 miles from Washington, D.C. Three airports – Lehigh Valley International, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Newark International – all are within easy distance of the property.