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Orlando’s Rosen Hotels & Resorts Once Again Named American Heart Association Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite

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Mary Deatrick, DPR
407-332-5212, mary@deatrickpr.com

ORLANDO (March 11, 2015) – Rosen Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce that it has been named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This marks the 5th year that the Orlando-based independent hotel group has received this distinction.

To receive the gold level award, Rosen Hotels & Resorts fulfilled “key criteria” and demonstrated a “strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees.” As an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite, Rosen Hotels & Resorts will receive recognition on the association’s website and local recognition at events and in communications materials. The hotel group also will be able to use the Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Seal on its communications. Its associates may also take advantage of free tools such as the American Heart Association’s online Activity Tracker.

The honor is just one of many bestowed upon Rosen Hotels & Resorts for its commitment to better health for its 4,600 associates and dependents. For more than 20 years, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has offered an innovative, in-house healthcare program for associates and dependents. In recent years, it added to that plan all students from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. In November 2014, the hotel group partnered with Wal-Mart to provide free generic prescriptions for those covered on its in-house plan. And, in 2012, the hotel group opened a brand new associate medical facility, The Rosen Medical Center, A Place for Healing and Wellness, located on International Drive.

“We are honored that the American Heart Association has once again recognized Rosen Hotels & Resorts for our commitment to the health and well-being of our associates and their families,” said Harris Rosen, President & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “We hope that our in-house healthcare model is an inspiration to other companies and individuals who want to take control of their greatest asset – their own health and that of their associates.”

Features of Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ associate healthcare program include an array of free preventative care opportunities such as annual physicals, comprehensive screening lab tests, well-baby care, pregnancy case management, weight management and dietician services, smoking cessation, flu shots and vaccines, mental health benefits, as well as exercise programs, classes and fitness groups.

For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com.

Orlando Hotelier and Philanthropist Harris Rosen Awarded Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award by The King Center, Atlanta

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Orlando Hotelier and Philanthropist Harris Rosen Awarded Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award by The King Center, Atlanta

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407-332-5212, mary@deatrickpr.com

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ORLANDO (Jan. 23, 2015) – Orlando hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, received the Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award at the 32nd Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner presented by The King Center in Atlanta. The King Center, formally known as The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, was established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The awards ceremony took place on Jan. 17, 2015 (in observance of the late Dr. King’s 86th birthday) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta.

The awards event recognized just four honorees. The Salute to Greatness Award, one of the King Center’s highest honors, was awarded to former President Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, and to Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. The Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership) Award was given to Harris Rosen and to Aidan Thomas Hornaday, founder of the Aidan Cares Foundation. The award is given in honor of and in keeping with the spirit of the late Coretta Scott King and recognizes a youth or young adult and a youth organization/initiative which exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. The honor was established and awarded for the first time in 2013.

Rosen was being recognized for his more than 20 year commitment to the Tangelo Park Program, a three-fold educational community service initiative within the once drug- and crime-ridden Tangelo Park neighborhood of Orlando. In 1992, as Rosen was planning his seventh property, Rosen Shingle Creek, he was struck with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for his many blessings and decided it was time to give back to his community. By 1993, he had created the Tangelo Park Program, a personally funded concept. His innovative program provides free preschool for every two-, three-, and four-year-old child living in the neighborhood and a full community college or four-year college, or a vocational or technical school scholarship for every graduating high school senior. In addition, the program provides a Neighborhood Center for Families where parents can take parenting courses and obtain counseling and other resources to help them become positive role models for their children.

When Rosen created the Tangelo Park Program, the community’s high school dropout rate was 43 percent higher than the national average. Not long after the program began, high school graduation rates soared with an almost zero dropout rate. To date, more than 280 young people have now attended college or vocational school. “I am so honored that the Tangelo Park Program has been recognized by The King Center and I am truly humbled to receive an award given in the spirit of Mrs. Coretta Scott King,” said Rosen. “I will be happy to accept the honor on behalf of the Tangelo Park community and especially all of the youngsters who have worked so hard over the past 20 years to better themselves through the gift of education.”

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy. Both a traditional memorial and programmatic nonprofit, the King Center was envisioned by its founder to be “no dead monument, but a living memorial filled with all the vitality that was his, a center of human endeavor, committed to the causes for which he lived and died.” That vision was carried out through educational and community programs until Mrs. King’s retirement in the mid-1990s, and today it is being revitalized.

Celebrating more than 40 years in business, Rosen Hotels & Resorts comprises nearly 6,500 guest rooms at seven Orlando hotels: three convention properties – Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek, as well as four value-priced leisure properties – Rosen Inn International; Rosen Inn, closest to Universal; Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando; and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com.

Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek Awarded Prestigious Three Palm Status in Florida DEP’s Green Lodging Program

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Award-Winning Convention Property Improves Conservation Efforts to Graduate from Two to Three Palm Designation

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ORLANDO (Nov. 14, 2014) – Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek is proud to announce that it has earned Three Palm Status in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Green Lodging Program. The award-winning hotel has been designated a Two Palm property since 2008.

The voluntary initiative designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources, offering designations at four levels. The program’s environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance. To become designated, facilities must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices in five areas of sustainable operations: Communication and Education (Customers, Employees, Public); Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling; Water Conservation; Energy Efficiency; and Indoor Air Quality.

“We at Rosen Shingle Creek are proud to be named a Three Palm property and to demonstrate that environmental conservation and protection is not just a passing trend but a real priority for all of us at Rosen Hotels & Resorts,” said Leslie Menichini, VP of Sales and Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts Convention Properties. “We started this process before DEP’s program began, and we plan to continue our efforts, exceeding the state’s standards, because it’s a cause to which we are deeply committed.”

To earn Three Palm status, the 1,501-room convention and leisure property implemented several new programs and practices, on top of its existing energy-saving policies. Among them, its staff gives tours to college students and groups, speaks at outside conferences to promote green business practices, and promotes green meetings to incoming convention groups. The hotel provides a “green suggestions” box at the associate cafeteria and has dedicated an environmental section in its facility newsletter, as well as enrolling in Green Destination Orlando, a hospitality advocacy committee. Additionally, Rosen Shingle Creek instituted a reduced packaging policy, uses refillable containers instead of single-use packets/containers, and prints all advertising, educational and promotional pieces on recycled paper.

In terms of facilities, the hotel installed photo sensors on toilets, urinals and faucets; installed tap flow controllers with auto shut-off; and uses final rinse water as pre-rinse water for subsequent cycles in its Milnor Tunnel energy-efficient washing machines. Rosen Shingle Creek uses biodiesel from used cooking oil, an onsite renewable energy power source, and conducts periodic thermal imaging to look for leakages. A daily inspection of laundry exhaust vents, grounds equipment and vehicles keeps the machines running efficiently. The hotel uses LED exit lighting and programmable thermostats for HVAC, and also provides preferred parking locations for guests and staff driving fuel efficient vehicles. Rosen Hotels & Resorts is committed to conservation efforts in all its properties. The associate medical center, Rosen Medical Center, A Place for Healing and Wellness, was built in 2012 according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified standards as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2007, Rosen Shingle Creek, along with its sister properties, Rosen Plaza and Rosen Center, were among the first 50 properties – the top one percent in Florida – to receive One Palm designation. All three properties achieved Two Palm status the following year. The 800-room Rosen Plaza and 1,334-room Rosen Centre have retained their Two Palm lodging status. For more information about the Florida Green Lodging program, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/default.htm

Rosen Shingle Creek Awarded Prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Status

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Orlando’s Newest Luxury Hotel Recognized for Quality, Guest Service

ORLANDO (June 22, 2007) – The American Automobile Association (AAA), one of the country’s most respected authorities on travel and hospitality, has just awarded Orlando’s newest luxury hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek, with its prestigious Four-Diamond Award rating for 2008. The 1,500 room hotel, which opened Sept. 9, 2006, is one of Central Florida’s premier leisure and meetings destinations with more than 462,000 sq. ft. of meeting/event space. Situated on 230 pristine acres at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, the breathtaking Spanish-revival style architecture evokes images of Florida’s first grand hotels at the turn of the century, while offering guests the ultimate in modern day convenience, service and hospitality.

“We are thrilled that AAA has recognized our vision, hard work and commitment to guest service by awarding Shingle Creek with the Four Diamond award,” said Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “AAA’s trusted reputation as a travel authority brings an added peace of mind to our guests that they have chosen only the best accommodations during their visit to Orlando.”

To be considered for approval and rating by AAA, hotels and restaurants that meet AAA members’ basic hotel and restaurant requirements must first apply for an evaluation. If the application is accepted, an AAA evaluator will visit the establishment. Evaluations are unannounced to ensure that AAA professionals experience a hotel or restaurant just as a guest would. After a thorough inspection is conducted, establishments that meet AAA’s criteria become AAA Approved — indicating their ability to provide a quality experience for members. Next, each AAA Approved hotel and restaurant is assigned a AAA rating of one to five Diamonds, indicating the level of services and amenities provided.

According to AAA, the Four Diamond Award status, which was awarded to Rosen Shingle Creek, means that the property is “upscale in all areas,” with “accommodations (that) are refined and stylish (and) the physical attributes reflect enhanced quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

Rosen Shingle Creek boasts the onsite Shingle Creek Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 (7,228 yards) championship golf course named by Golfweek as One of America’s Top 40 New Courses for 2005, and One of Central Florida’s Top 10 Toughest Courses by Orlando Business Journal. Enhancing the course’s appeal is the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, which offers lessons and corporate/team building events. Brewer was recently named by Golf Magazine as a “Top 100 Teacher for 2007-2008.”

The hotel also offers twelve dining/lounging options, including fine dining Italian restaurant, Cala Bella, and the classic steakhouse, A Land Remembered. From late-night munchies at the 24-hour 18 Monroe Street Market to a poolside ice cream or evening cocktail, guests need never leave the spacious hotel to ease a craving.

Recreational activities abound at Shingle Creek, with four swimming pools, the 13,000 sq. ft. world-class Spa at Shingle Creek, with nine treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. A video arcade and onsite babysitting facility keep kids entertained while parents dine or enjoy an afternoon of golf or spa treatments. Outdoor activities such as basketball, sand volleyball, tennis, nature trails and fishing offer plenty of ways to soak up some Florida sunshine.

When it comes to in-room relaxation, Shingle Creek has the corner on the market with spacious, 436 gross square foot guest rooms. A 32” flat screen TV with NXTV connectivity and in-room high-speed Internet connectivity keeps them plugged into work or personal e-mail. Plush robes, designer linens and first-class toiletries add to the environment of complete rest and relaxation. Those seeking even more space may choose to stay in one of the hotel’s 139 guest suites, complete with a beautifully appointed mini kitchen area, including a mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker and serving/bar area with granite countertop.

Although Shingle Creek is a vacation unto itself, many come to Orlando specifically for its legendary theme parks. Just 10 minutes from Sea World and Universal Orlando, the hotel is a Destination Universal property, which means guests can purchase discounted tickets in the hotel lobby and enjoy complimentary scheduled transportation to both parks. The hotel is just a mile from the I-Drive tourist area and approximately 15 miles from Orlando renowned attractions.

For more information about Rosen Shingle Creek, please visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com or call 866-996-6338 for reservations.

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Shingle Creek Golf Club Fact Sheet

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9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando , Florida 32819
Toll Free: (866) 996-9933
Local: (407) 996-9933
Fax (407) 996-9932
www.shinglecreekgolf.com

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The David Harman designed, 18-hole, 7,149 yard championship golf course features undulating fairways and interconnecting waterways bordered by the natural backdrop of dense oaks and pines along historic Shingle Creek. The design objective is to make the course play “fair” while keeping it an exceptional “test” of golf. There are five sets of tees, enabling players to choose their own degree of difficulty. Located just east of the Orange County Convention Center expansion, the challenging, yet playable, Shingle Creek Golf Club opened for play in December 2003.

Since its opening, Shingle Creek has garnered numerous awards, including the ranking as one of the“Top 40 Best New Golf Courses in the U.S.” by Golfweek Magazine and Voted One of America’s Top 100 Pro Shops in 2006 by Golf Shop magazine. The course was also ranked one of the toughest courses you can play by the Orlando Business Journal and received the prestigious “Greens of Distinction” award from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine.

Dave Scott, Director of Golf and PGA Professional, and his team of professionals provide tee times, compatible pairings and merchandise ranging from golf balls to stylish sportswear.

ARCHITECT BACKGROUND:

For over twenty years, David Harman has constructed golf courses for such noted architects as Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Arnold Palmer. He was actively involved in bringing their designs to life in the field. His long experience of constructing over 150 golf courses worldwide has given him valuable insight for successful design criteria. David Harman Design is founded on the principle of designing world-class golf courses. Past David Harman projects include Teton Pines in Jackson, Wyo.; Turtle Bay in Kahuku, Hawaii; Pinehurst Plantation in Pinehurst, N.C.; Kauri Cliffs in Northland, New Zealand; The Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nev.; and Orange County National and Isleworth, both in Orlando, Fla. Over 20 of the courses designed by David Harman have hosted tournaments for the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA Tour.

MANAGEMENT STAFF:

David Scott, Director of Golf
Rickey Craig, Golf Course Superintendent
Brian Kennedy, Head Golf Professional

GOLF & CLUBHOUSE AMENITIES/ FACTS:

  • State of the art Practice Facility includes two (2) 30,000 sq. ft. full swing grass teeing grounds, a chipping, pitching and bunker practice area and 10,000 sq. ft. of practice putting greens
  • 80 club rental sets available, which include men’s (left and right hand), ladies and junior sets from major equipment manufacturers, shoe rental is also available (Taylor Made)
  • A Variety of Food and Beverage Services on and off course:
  • Clubhouse Grill: limited menu – kitchen open from 11am-4 pm; bar open until one hour after dark
  • Snack Shop: open for breakfast and lunch; made to order deli sandwiches, hot dogs, other items; Open from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Enjoy our signature Club House Grille lunch menu daily from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. daily
  • Beverage Cart Service: daily

The Brad Brewer Golf Academy

  • Course Yardage ~ Shingle Creek ranges from 7,149 yards to 5,081 yards, with five sets available:
  • Tour / Back ~ 7,149 yards
  • Championship ~ 6,758 yards
  • Guest ~ 6,393 yards
  • Senior ~ 5,835 yards
  • Forward / Ladies ~ 5,131 yards
  • Golf cart amenities include: computerized UpLink GPS Yardage System, hand towels, tees, windshield, club protector, divot replacement sand bottles, ball washer, club cleaner and drink cooler
  • 1,600 sq. ft. Pro Shop carrying upscale golf attire and equipment
  • Complimentary Men’s and Women’s Locker Room Facilities
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Complimentary Bag Handling and Club Cleaning
  • Two on-course comfort stations
  • Dress Code: collared shirt and Bermuda length shorts for men; no denim
  • USGA handicap service available

HOLE DESCRIPTION

#1 – The course begins with a 417 yard (from all the way back) Par 4, which has a slight dogleg to the left. Hitting towards Shingle Creek, the tee shot requires a slight draw to a wide fairway guarded by a water hazard on the left. A good drive should leave the player with a mid-iron to a green protected to the left and long by the sand. A nice easy starting hole

#2 – This intimidating Par 5 can play 559 yards from the back tees and will challenge even the longest of hitters as a water hazard closely guards the right side of the driving area. A good drive will leave the player a generous lay up area between 4 bunkers on either side of the fairway. A long hitter does have a chance to hit the green in two shots by running the ball up through the approach, but does have bunkers surrounding the rest of the putting surface to contend with. After a good lay up, a wedge can be played to a smallish green-sloped back to front. Ideally, the player will want to keep the ball short of the pin leaving an uphill putt.

#3 – One of the tightest Par 4’s on the course is not long at 399 yards but demands a tee shot in the fairway. The fairway is shaped with willow and cypress trees to the right along a lake and bunkers left. A conservative play off of the tee may be prudent (perhaps with a fairway metal) as any decent tee shot in the fairway should leave only an 8 or 9 iron into a green. Pay attention! This hole is very pleasing to the eye. Don’t let it distract you from performing the task at hand.

#4 – The ideal tee shot on this straightaway 540 yard Par 5 is hit at the 27-story Peabody Hotel. Two large fairway bunkers frame the tee shot along a generous fairway. Few players will have a chance to go for two on this hole but, if they are inclined, numerous cypress, magnolias and a waterway that protect the whole left side of this hole may gobble up an over aggressive shot. Most players should consider laying up to the right leaving a short pitch to a two-tiered green sloping from the player’s right to left. Played conservatively, this hole could offer a great birdie opportunity.

#5 – Easily the most difficult Par 3 on the course the fifth can play from 222 yards from the championship tee to 107 yards from the forward tee. The subtly sloped green is guarded right by a huge bunker short, sure to catch any miss-struck shot. In addition, water with a steep bank protects the entire left side of the hole. The difficulty in hitting the green with a mid to long iron is in that the green is somewhat shallow and two bunkers are placed long. You must control the spin of your ball to have a birdie putt. Take a Par 3 here and walk quietly to the next tee.

#6 – This straightaway Par 4 is the longest on the course and can play up to 475 yards from the back tee. Oak trees frame the tee shot left and right. Also, four fairway bunkers on the right and grass bunkers to the left guard this fairway. Even a good tee shot should leave a long iron into a green that is open in the front but has well placed greenside bunkers both left and right. The green is large but does have a ridge running through the middle of it forcing the player to be below the hole for a makeable putt.

#7 – This Par 3 will play 159 yards from the regular tees that has no sand bunkers and a green with subtle slope from back to front. This hole does have numerous grass swales that guard the front of the green and will make it difficult to run the ball up. Make sure you take enough club as chipping from these grass swales could be challenging.

#8 – This 387-yard Par 4 could surely put a lump in any player’s throat. Water guards the entire hole to the right with one HUGE fairway bunker strategically placed on the left in the landing area. The player should consider using a shorter club for accuracy because being in the fairway is a must. A good tee shot would leave a short iron into a green that is heavily guarded by four bunkers. The back-right hole location may be additionally challenging, as the player must carry their second shot over water and sand to get the ball close.

#9 – The front nine finishes up with a 433-yard dogleg left Par 4 that looks benign – but isn’t. The tee shot sets up beautifully with a bunker at the end of the fairway as a perfect target. In addition, a 3 pot bunkers and a water hazard stretch down the left side of the landing area, sure to grab an over aggressive drive. The prudent play is to the right center of the fairway leaving a mid to short iron back over water which cuts in front of the green. The player must not only deal with clearing the water but must also confront a large bunker that wraps around the green short and left. Notably, the green has four levels and is easily the most sloped on the course. The player must put the ball on the proper plateau to have a make-able putt. Watch your speed; three putts are not out of the question.

#10 – The back 9 gets off to simple start with a short Par 4 and a wide fairway. The perfect line off of the tee is the 24-story, Rosen Centre Hotel. The player is challenged to carry two grass bunkers with the tee shot that frame the fairway. A good tee shot will leave a short iron into a deep but narrow green. You better score well on this hole, because the course is about to get much tougher.

#11 – This Par 4 can play as long as 418 yards from the back tee. The tee shot is guarded by three large fairway bunkers to the right, and trees on the left. A tee shot in the fairway is a must, to hit this shallow and wide green, which is nestled between 4 bunkers. In addition, a pond guards the green – short and left.

#12 – From the back tees this Par 5 is 599 yards with a waterway running down the left of the hole from the landing area past the green. The fairway is wide but the water left is daunting. Tiger Woods would have a hard time hitting this green in two, so a lay up shot will be required by most players. The lay up area is about 100 yards short of the green and is framed by two large bunkers on the left. The green runs away from the player left to right and is guarded by a cavernous bunker. You won’t be able to run this one up!

#13 – This slight dogleg left Par 4 has no bunkers, BUT the tee shot demands accuracy as the fairway has waterways both left and right. The second shot will be played most days with a middle iron as the hole can stretch to 400 yards from the Tour tees. A quality iron shot is required as steeply sloped grass bunkers surround the green. If the player can hit the green he will be rewarded with a reasonable birdie putt on a relatively flat green.

#14 – You’re heart will be thumping as this is the most eye-opening tee shot of the day. Eleven fairway bunkers stare you in the face on the tee at this 448-yard Par 4. These bunkers are deceiving as they are intimidating but are easily carried with a solid strike and the fairway width is extremely generous. A good tee shot will leave a middle iron for most players into a large green guarded by six deep-faced bunkers and a canal to the right.

#15 – The first par 3 on the course can play up to 197 yards and plays downhill to a very wide and deep green that may have numerous hole locations. There is a canal that guards the green short and a lake over the green may catch the player who takes too much club. Bailout to the right if you are lacking confidence!

#16 – This slight dogleg right Par 5 will play less than 500 yards from all tees and offers the best chance for a birdie on the back 9. The fairway is protected by a lake on the right but is nearly 45 yards wide. This hole offers even the most novice of players the opportunity for an eagle putt as the approach allows ample space for the ball to run onto the two-tiered green. Our finish is very difficult so take advantage of this one!

#17 – This beautiful Par 3 can range from 220 to 137 yards. The view of the Resort behind the green frames the hole brilliantly as Mr. Harman has guarded this putting surface with a large bunker long, in addition to more sand and a water hazard on the right. The green is sloped from the back right to the front left, and favors a fade, as the bailout area is short and left. What a view!

#18 – Playing 443 yards from the back tee this dogleg right Par 4 demands accuracy off the tee for a good angle into the green. The fairway width is generous but is protected by three large bunkers that will make the approach shot difficult as the green is long and narrow. A good tee shot should leave a mid iron into the green although an approach left or long will find sand or water. An approach shot short or right will find a large bunker and create a challenging up and down. Accuracy is a must on this hole.

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Rosen Shingle Creek—At the Headwaters of Florida’s Everglades, In the Tradition of Florida’s Legendary Hotels

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With 462,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, including one of the nation’s largest column-free ballrooms at 95,000 sq. ft., Rosen Shingle Creek has emerged as a new breed of convention and leisure hotel in Orlando.

Rooted in the grand style of legendary Florida properties, but with a host of twenty-first century touches, this remarkable hotel is considered the crown jewel of Central Florida’s hospitality industry. In an area known for exceptional convention and leisure hotels, this new addition, with its Spanish revival architecture, 1,500 guest rooms and vast array of dynamic features and amenities, is truly one of a kind.

Rising majestically from a 230-acre parcel of land, boasting a quintessential Florida landscape, the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek was modeled after the stately hotels of the past, hotels that imbued the casual elegance and grace of Florida in the early years. Today, with its remarkable interiors, world-renowned Rosen Hotels’ services, and the award-winning Shingle Creek Golf Club—featuring an exquisite championship golf course—the Rosen Shingle Creek has earned its place among Florida’s most notable properties and is poised to follow in the award-winning tradition of Rosen’s six other hotels.

“When I first envisioned the Rosen Shingle Creek, I set my sights high,” explained Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “I studied the hotels that I had always admired. I examined the renowned hotels, with their colorful histories, enviable reputations and household names. I decided that my next hotel, this hotel, must be of that caliber. Yet, amazingly, the Rosen Shingle Creek has actually exceeded my expectations.”

Opened Sept. 9, 2006, the Rosen Shingle Creek is the largest property owned and operated by Rosen Hotels & Resorts—the largest independent hotel company in Florida, with a portfolio of seven Orlando hotels, resorts and golf courses.

AUTHENTICALLY FLORIDA – INSIDE AND OUT.

Nestled along Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the legendary Florida Everglades, this hotel is surrounded by enchanting flora, fauna and wildlife, much of which has been preserved to create a dreamy backdrop for this magnificent property. In fact, harmony with the environment is an idea that strongly represents all aspects of Rosen Shingle Creek, from its design and architecture to the diverse recreation options.

The hotel’s interiors feature floor to ceiling windows that offer arriving guests a view into a tropical garden with exotic tropical plants. The furnishings are both rich and relaxing, designed with warm woods, soft flowing fabrics and a palette of gold, cinnamon and aqua, evoking Florida’s legendary sunshine, sky and waters. In essence, the hotel’s interior is simply a reflection of the exterior, where guests can immerse themselves in these same authentic Florida attributes through a range of nature-inspired activities.

Built For Today’s Guests. Paying Homage To Yesterday’s Settlers.
While many Central Florida visitors are focused solely on the area’s twenty-first century entertainment options, this region is rich with history. The territory that includes Shingle Creek has witnessed the passage of American Indians, early settlers and cattle barons. In fact, in the early 1800s, settlers found that the area’s abundant cypress trees were vital to the building of their new homesteads. They cut down the trees and sent them down the creek, ultimately using them to make shingles for the roofs of the settlers’ homes. That, of course, is how they came to call the historical waterway, “Shingle Creek.”

Today, unfortunately, there are few remnants of those early settlements, but the location is ideal for modern day movers and shakers. Ten minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and close to local attractions like the Rosen College of Hospitality Management/UCF, Sea World and Universal Orlando, Rosen Shingle Creek will also be the closest full-service convention hotel to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which is just one mile away.

MEMORABLE EVENTS, EXQUISITE AFFAIRS, CAPTIVATING CONVENTIONS.

In addition to its convenient location, Rosen Shingle Creek provides ample function/event space – up to 462,000 sq. ft. — and sophisticated meeting services designed for superb event execution. This young hotel is already becoming a mecca for meeting planners and convention organizers.

Spacious Is An Understatement

Entering the convention areas, meeting and event guests gather beneath a monumental rotunda with a 72-foot ceiling. From there, they will most likely make their way to one of three separate ballrooms, ideal for large events and exhibits.

  • The Gatlin Ballroom, at 95,000 sq. ft., is one of the largest column free ballrooms in the United States.
  • The Sebastian Ballroom is also quite impressive with 60,000 sq. ft. of space.
  • The Panzacola Ballroom provides 40,000 sq. ft. of exquisite space.

Each ballroom is column free and features soaring 31–foot unobstructed ceilings.

Additionally, Rosen Shingle Creek features 55,000 sq. ft. of flexible breakout space, including the 1,250-square-foot Boardroom, and up to 35 additional rooms from 850 to 4400 sq. ft.

Superb Services Complement the Stunning Space

While meeting space is essential, meeting services are what elevate an ordinary affair to the extraordinary. The staff at Rosen Shingle Creek has covered all the bases. The hotel’s meeting amenities include seven built-in registration desks with offices, a satellite check-in area for group arrivals and wireless Internet connectivity throughout all ballrooms and breakout rooms. State-of-the-art IP technology can capture any guest’s convention details and enables any group to set up its own speed-dial numbers, directory and mass voice messaging. All guestrooms also feature NXTV technology, which allows guests to access the Internet at no charge, convention meeting schedules, and broadcasted-messaging via the television.

“In this day and age, guest comfort is about more than luxurious beds and soft sheets – though we certainly have those,” says Leslie Menichini, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Many travelers now need to know that they can stay connected to their work and families while on the road, so we want to make that as easy as possible.”

THE ACCOMMODATIONS – EXCEPTIONAL, OF COURSE.

Rosen Shingle Creek also makes it easy for guests to find just the right accommodations for their needs and budget. This full-service hotel offers 1,500 guest rooms and suites, including 106 Parlor Suites, 30 Hospitality Suites and three sumptuous Presidential Parlor Suites.

Naturally, all lodgings include a level of amenities befitting a Rosen hotel, such as a mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, make-up mirror, coffee maker, in-room safe and in-room movie service. Plus, in luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek style, all beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and faux down blankets, and all rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet capability and flat screen TVs. Designed by W. M. Dodson, Inc., these oversized guest rooms are among the largest in Central Florida.

While the interiors have been designed with every detail considered, Rosen Shingle Creek’s accommodations have one feature that is beyond compare. Capitalizing on the hotel’s elevation, every single room offers a stunning view of the golf course or amenities the hotel has to offer, including the area’s incomparable environs—from the perfectly manicured fairways and greens to the pristine creek, magnificent cypress trees, and lush natural vegetation. For vacationers or meeting guests, it’s hard to imagine a better way to start the day than with the view from these rooms.

ROSEN VICE PRESIDENT’S PHOTOGRAPHS FEATURED THROUGHOUT.

Reference to the natural beauty of the region can be found in nearly every aspect of the hotel, including the custom artwork adorning the walls. Each guest room features original framed photographs in a canvas giclee (an ancient process used to give canvasses depth), showcasing the meadows, streams and flowers of the Shingle Creek area. These breathtaking photographs were captured by Garritt Toohey, who served as Vice President of Rosen Hotels and is now retired. (How’s that for multi-tasking?) In addition to his duties as an executive with the company, Toohey had established himself as a celebrated amateur photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout Central Florida.

“I am a self-taught photographer who has always had a fascination with nature,” Toohey explained. “I generally take pictures in my free time and, in addition to shooting family and friends, tend to focus on close-up shots of nature, plants and flowers. The Shingle Creek area has afforded me the opportunity to explore these truly unique natural surroundings. I’m really quite flattered, and proud, that the team liked my photos enough to feature them in the hotel.” Toohey’s nature works are also hung in common areas throughout the hotel.

ACTIVITIES ABOUND—FROM GOLF AND SPA TO GOOD OLD FASHIONED HIKING AND BIRDWATCHING.

Like every other aspect of Rosen Shingle Creek, the activities on and around the hotel are naturally enthralling. Whether visiting for fun or work, guests will find plenty of opportunities to stay and play, either inside or out.

Shingle Creek Golf Club

The first place most guests will be anxious to discover is the award-winning David Harman-designed, 18-hole championship par 72 golf course. Handsome and challenging, this 7,149- yard course was voted “One of America’s Top 40 New Courses” by Golfweek Magazine after it opened in 2003. The design objective was to make the play “fair” while keeping it an exceptional test of skill. To accomplish this goal, Harman incorporated undulating fairways, interconnecting waterways and a backdrop of dense oak and pines into his design. The effort has clearly been deemed a success. The course has been ranked as one of the toughest courses in Orlando, according to the Orlando Business Journal. It also received the prestigious “Gold Tee” award from M&C magazine, “Greens of Distinction” award from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine and is home to one of the top 100 pro shops according to Golf Business magazine.

For players who prefer to perfect their swings before venturing out to play, lessons and coaching for all levels is available through the on-site Brad Brewer Golf Academy. Brewer is consistently named by Golf Magazine as “One of the Top 100 Instructors.” Group programs, discounts, and preferred tee times can also be arranged for hotel guests and convention attendees.

The Soothing Spa at Shingle Creek

For a more rejuvenating retreat, there’s the full-service, 13,000 square foot Spa at Shingle Creek, featuring nine treatment rooms and an amazing menu of soothing services, as well as a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The spa has been developed not just as an amenity for leisure and business guests, but is a destination unto itself, a one-of-a-kind spa experience rooted in the area’s rich history, the surrounding landscape and the traditions of Florida’s indigenous people.

The Spa at Shingle Creek’s Creekside signature treatments draw on the restorative powers of the area’s indigenous fauna and are reflective of Rosen Shingle Creek’s Florida roots, incorporating citrus and cedar scents. Additional services such as the Ocoee Body Mask and the Calusa Cocoon incorporate aspects from their namesake Native American tribes. Spa packages include 2-hour, 1/2 day, Full day, Signature, Girl’s Getaway, Wedding and Teen Packages.

Like the rest of Rosen Shingle Creek, the architecture and interior design of The Spa at Shingle Creek was developed in harmony with the natural surroundings, incorporating dark woods and a palette of rich earth tones that are a reflection of the lush vegetation and even Shingle Creek itself, headwaters of the Florida Everglades.

Also available is a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights.

Adventurous Activities

Guests looking for recreation of another sort will have myriad options to choose from. Nature fans will likely want to venture out and immerse themselves in the fantastic Florida surroundings. The hotel’s robust eco-tourism offerings include nature trails for hiking, walking and birding, plus fishing all against the magnificent backdrop off the legendary Shingle Creek.

More outdoor fun takes place on our two-lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court and swimming pools, including a lap pool, family pool, kiddie wading pool and adult quiet pool. Several hot tubs are also available.

Those who desire something more laid back and indoors will gravitate to our high-tech video game room featuring the latest arcade games—open late at night for serious gamers.

DINING – PORTERHOUSES, PASTAS AND CHEESEBURGERS BY THE POOL.

No hotel of this caliber would be complete without an incredible selection of dining options. Rosen Shingle Creek is no exception. From fine dining to poolside munchies, every dish is sure to delight.

Two fine dining restaurants were developed to satisfy two decidedly different tastes. For those in search of a quiet evening, a hearty cabernet and a succulent steak, A Land Remembered Steakhouse will satisfy that craving. Named after Patrick Smith’s revered novel, immortalizing Florida’s rich history and landscapes, this restaurant is being talked about as the area’s newest legendary steakhouse, located in the Golf Clubhouse. Cala Bella™ (“Beautiful Creek”) provides a decidedly different, yet equally impressive menu. This elegant Italian bistro is the hotel’s signature restaurant, boasting a magnificent private dining room (seats up to 30), a brilliantly stocked wine cellar, and presentation cooking bar where individuals can comfortably dine alone or enjoy the chefs’ companionship as well as their culinary delights.

Guests in search of a more casual dining experience need only head over to Café Osceola & Osceola Bar. With its Spanish revival décor and stunning views through floor to ceiling windows, this buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is an excellent choice. The new Tobias Flats & Watering Hole features a delightful take on flatbreads and unique recipes for lunch and dinner, while Banrai Sushi is open for dinner featuring traditional sushi, signature rolls, specialty sakes and inspired cocktails. In keeping with the Rosen tradition, the 18 Monroe Street Market offers guests a 24-hour restaurant with quick snacks and quick-to-order meals available for dine-in or take out. Smoooth Java™, located in the main lobby, is the destination of choice for anyone in search of superb coffee, smoothies or pastries. And if all these options still aren’t enough, Rosen Shingle Creek also provides 24-hour in-room dining service.

For guests looking to quench their thirst, Rosen Shingle Creek offers several choices. Bella’s Quiet Bar, located within Cala Bella, is the ideal setting for a before or after dinner drink. Headwaters Lounge™, in the lobby, is centrally located and offers a great environment for gathering with friends, colleagues or even clients. Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grille is pure paradise—a place to kick back, relax and enjoy a frozen concoction, an ice cold Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ Alligator Drool beer (the company’s own micro-brewed signature libation) or even a bite. Speaking of frozen treats, The Creek Ice Creamery serves double scoops, sundaes, and yes, more than thirty flavors.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about the service,” Harris Rosen explained. “We’ve incorporated every comfort and convenience we could think of, but if a single guest thinks of something that is missing, our team will move mountains to satisfy that guest’s needs. That’s the real mark of a Rosen property.”

THE MAN BEHIND THE HOTEL.

While Rosen Shingle Creek may be Harris Rosen’s crowning glory in terms of his hospitality career, he has become renowned as much for his philanthropy and good will as his guest rooms and spas.

Rosen, a 1961 graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University rose through the ranks of the hospitality industry, working along the way in senior management for the Hilton Hotel Corporation and the Disney Company in California before coming to Central Florida to start his own company. Upon arriving in the Orlando area, Rosen almost immediately began setting roots.

While growing from 256 rooms to more than 6,300 rooms, the company that bears his name has remained, unwaveringly, a standard-bearer of service, reflecting the influence of Rosen’s early positions at such esteemed properties as the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Throughout his career, Rosen has believed that his role is not just to conduct business in the community, but to invest in it. Toward that end, 1993 was a milestone year; for that was the year he started the Tangelo Park Pilot Program.

“My pledge was that every two, three and four-year-old would be able to go to preschool at no expense to their parents,” Rosen explained, “and that for every youngster who was accepted to a public college in the state of Florida, we would pay his or her tuition, room, board, books, and travel.”

Since its inception, the Tangelo Park program has provided more than 200 college scholarships, and high school dropout rates went from 25% in 1993 to just 6% in 2004. Rosen has also donated more than $22 million to the University of Central Florida for the creation of a world-class school of hospitality management and become involved in such diverse projects as “Water for Haiti” and “The Bronze Statue Program” at Bethune-Cookman College. After four distinguished decades in the hospitality industry, Harris Rosen is no longer simply a hotelier; he is, in fact, a role model.

For more information about Rosen Shingle Creek, call (866) 996-9939 or visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently owns and operates seven properties in the Orlando market. The growth of Rosen Hotels & Resorts over the past 34 years has been fueled by numerous hospitality-industry awards, employee longevity and a reputation for quality. For more information about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit www.rosenhotels.com.

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From Cattle Barons to Conventioneers: Rosen Shingle Creek Honors the Area’s History While Catering to Guests of Today

Press Kit

Upon visiting the new AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, most guests first find themselves entranced by a magnificent hotel with an astonishing 462,000 sq. ft. of meeting/event space. They are amazed by the hotel’s exceptional array of high-end amenities, including a luxurious 13,000-square-foot Spa at Shingle Creek and the award-winning Shingle Creek Golf Club. But those who look a little deeper will discover something even more intriguing. They will discover the hotel’s roots—a tribute to the glory days of the Florida frontier, an homage to the area’s spectacular natural landscape, and even a reference to the golden age of luxury hotels in Florida.

The Importance of The Creek. The History of Its Name.

Rosen Shingle Creek rises majestically from a spectacular 230-acre parcel of land, boasting a quintessential Florida landscape. It is this land that, literally and figuratively, provides the foundation for the hotel.

Harris Rosen, founder and president of the award-winning Rosen Hotels & Resorts, elaborates, “It all started in about 2000, when I began to seriously consider developing a new hotel property. We investigated a number of sites in Central Florida and finally honed in on one. What we liked most about this particular spot was its location and the fact that it was a lovely wooded site with many trees—pines and oaks—and wildlife.” Rosen says that he fell in love with the site instantly and decided on the spot to purchase it, but it would be several days before he could take a closer look at the land he had acquired.

“A few days after the purchase,” Rosen continues, “I took a helicopter flight over the site and viewed it from a different perspective. In the air, I discovered a little stream meandering through the property on the eastern most border heading due south. I asked the helicopter pilot if he knew anything about this little stream and he said, no. When we landed, I began to make inquiries about the little waterway and discovered, much to my surprise, that it was actually Shingle Creek, the very headwaters to Florida’s famous Everglades.”

Soon, Rosen discovered more about the history of the region. He learned that, long before businessmen and vacationers began venturing to this area, the land surrounding Shingle Creek was home to the Seminole Indians before being claimed by settlers in the early 1820s. In fact, it was this group of hearty pioneers who discovered that the area’s abundant cypress trees were not only beautiful, but also useful in the construction of their new homesteads. These settlers harvested the trees for building material and transported them down the creek to be used primarily as roof shingles. That, of course, is how they came to call the pristine waterway, “Shingle Creek.”

A Growing Community—In the Late 1800s.

The first settlement in the region emerged just east of the creek, adjacent to a military trail that served as the first travel route between present day Sanford and Tampa. At first, the settlement, also called Shingle Creek, was home only to the sawmill where the shingles were made. But growth was inevitable. The first trading post was built at a low water crossing point just steps away from where Rosen Shingle Creek sits today, and, over the course the next few decades, a thriving community emerged with active commerce along the lush, cypress-lined banks. When the Shingle Creek settlement peaked in the early 1900s, it included a train depot and general store, as well as the first church and post office in Osceola County.

Anxious to learn more about the harsh life of Central Florida’s early pioneers, Rosen picked up Patrick D. Smith’s novel, A Land Remembered. The book made a deep impression on Rosen.

“So precious is Patrick’s book,” Rosen says, “that we have dedicated our entire Shingle Creek Hotel to it.” In fact, the novel, which tells the story of how, over the course of three generations, the MacIvey family lifts itself from dirt-poor Crackers to wealthy real estate tycoons, can be read as a striking parallel to the life of Rosen himself, who emerged from a childhood in the poor lower east side of New York City to become the successful hotelier that he is today. Rosen Shingle Creek’s signature restaurant “A Land Remembered” is named after the novel, and Rosen dreams of one day forging a 140-mile wilderness trail from the creek all the way south to Lake Okeechobee. “And,” Rosen says, “we shall name it The Patrick D. Smith Trail, in honor of the author of the most wonderful book, “A Land Remembered.”

Renaissance of A Region.

In addition to memorializing the region’s rich history and hearty pioneers, Rosen was committed to showcasing the area’s natural beauty, as well.

When he first purchased the 250 acres of land along the Shingle Creek, Rosen marveled at the abundant native flowers and plants, and he envisioned making these natural wonders a focal point of the hotel inside and out. Rich with dense oaks, towering pines and majestic cypress trees, this site, Rosen felt, captured the essence of Florida’s natural magnificence. After donating 20 acres to the University of Central Florida for the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Rosen committed to emphasizing the natural beauty of the area everywhere possible.

All along the property, guests can walk amongst native plants and vegetation, including lady palms, bamboo, pygmy date palms and more. Inside, the guest rooms are decorated with original framed photographs that depict the meadows, streams and flowers of the Shingle Creek area. These breathtaking images, which capture a wide array of species including Pink Irises, Crown of Thorns and Air Plants, were captured by Garritt Toohey, who at the time was Vice President of Rosen Hotels. (Toohey has since retired.)

Rosen Shingle Creek’s ballrooms and meeting spaces further reflect the importance of Florida’s natural wonders in the concept of the hotel. Each room honors the state’s magnificent lakes, rivers and landmarks with names like Wekiwa, St. Johns, Suwannee, Butler and Sebastian./p>

Today, more than a century after the original settlement was established around Shingle Creek, this remarkable waterway and the vibrant region that surrounds it are again the epicenter of an enthralling community.

“I wanted to create an enduring legacy with this hotel,” Rosen explained. “A legacy not just to me or this company, but to the Florida I know and love, to the original pioneers who believed in the potential of this area and were true survivors. Rosen Shingle Creek embodies the spirit of the real, authentic Florida in every regard.”

For more information about Rosen Shingle Creek, call (866) 996-6338 or visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently owns and operates seven properties in the Orlando market. Numerous hospitality-industry awards, employee longevity and a reputation for quality have fueled the growth of Rosen Hotels & Resorts over the past 34 years. For more information about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit www.rosenhotels.com.