Vacation Packages Begin at $209 For Special Offer

Vail, Colo. – May 24, 2011 – Celebrate dad this Father’s Day with a family weekend getaway to Vail that not only pairs golf and overnight accommodations, but highlights the heartwarming relationship between a father and son and how the game of golf helped them find one another.  Special weekend packages feature a day of world-class golf, plus an exclusive reading and reception hosted by critically-acclaimed “Driving Lessons” author Steve Friedman, who will be on hand sharing his touching, often funny and truly unforgettable story.

The Father’s Day Golf Package is available June 17-19 at Manor Vail and the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. The package includes:
•    One night lodging
•    An invitation to the Steve Friedman book signing and cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Vail Marriott
•    One round of golf for two at the Vail Golf Club, including cart
•    20 percent off all soft goods in the Vail Golf Club Pro Shop
•    30 percent off rental clubs
•    A complimentary 10-minute driving lesson with a Vail Golf Club pro prior to tee off

The Vail Marriott offer also includes 25 percent off at the Golden Leaf Spa and rates for the whole package begin at $209 per night. The package at Manor Vail includes a few add-ons as well such as a voucher for one appetizer and two drinks at The Fitz lounge, as well as free parking. The complete package at Manor Vail begins at $144 per person, per night based on double occupancy. Mom’s and daughters who decide not to play golf also have an opportunity to enjoy spa specials at both lodging destinations throughout the weekend.

“’Driving Lessons’, as shared by Friedman, is a metaphor for what golfers truly can get from the game and camaraderie on the course,” said Alice Plain, Director of the Vail Golf Club. “We are so excited that Rodale Books wanted to partner with us for this special program to invite families to Vail to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. With all of the moisture we had this winter, the Vail Golf Club is really shaping up nicely for play this summer.”
When “Driving Lessons” author Steve Friedman was growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, golf seemed mysterious and dark.  His father’s passion for the game caused friction in his marriage and made his youngest son wonder what his dad was looking for all those hours away from home, and whether he ever found it.
But Friedman never forgot the love his father had for golf. Many years after his parents divorced Friedman was looking for something himself, he reached out and asked his dad to teach him the game. “Driving Lessons” is the sweet yet unsentimental story of that experience—the tale of two men using the game of golf to reach each other across decades of disagreement and misunderstanding.

The Vail Golf Club is nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range in the Rocky Mountains and presents golfers with a unique 18-hole, par 71 experience at 8,200 feet elevation. The golf club is open to the public and offers a full service golf shop, group and corporate outings, professional instruction, launch monitor, driving range, practice area, club storage, golf swing analysis, club rentals, demo days and an on-site restaurant, Happy Valley Grill. Recognized by Golf Digest as a "Top 100 Resort Course," golfers enjoy watching their balls fly 10 percent farther in Vail’s high altitude environment, while they challenge themselves on greens that follow the Gore Creek and lay adjacent to the White River National Forest.

For more information or to book the Father’s Day Golf package in Vail, please visit the Vail Marriot Web site at www.vailmarriott.com or Manor Vail at www.manorvail.com. For more information on summer activities in Vail, please visit www.vail.com.

For more information about Driving Lessons (Rodale Books), please visit the Rodale Books Web site at www.rodaleinc.com/products/books/driving-lessons-father-son-and-healing-power-golf





Media Contact:
Kristin Yantis, MYPR: Malen Yantis Public Relations, (775) 351-7904, kyantis@myprco.com
Aly Mostel, Rodale Books, (212) 808-1684, aly.mostel@rodale.com

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