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International Links Golf Club, a global programme from Delta SkyMiles

12.40am 30th October 2009 - Travel - This story was updated on Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Delta SkyMiles, in its 27th year is the best-in-class, longest running and with more than 70 million members, the largest loyalty program in the airline industry. SkyMiles has commissioned Business Golf International (BGI) to design, build and manage an exciting new golf program exclusively for Delta SkyMiles members, International Links Golf Club.

This “club without walls” will provide its members with multiple golf and travel related benefits that make playing golf when they travel more attractive and easy to arrange. This is assured to quickly become the largest “Golf Club” membership in the world!

John W. Boykin, Director of Golf at International Links Golf Club, explains: “International Links Golf Club will have a home golf course located in proximity to every worldwide destination served by Delta Airlines. This exclusive network of 350 home golf facilities will welcome International Links members, an audience that is courted and sought after for its attractive demographic.

“We invite your golf course to join this limited collection of distinguished golf facilities around the world as a participating home course in the new International Links Golf Club golf program, an exclusive benefit available only to Delta SkyMiles International Links members. This unique program will benefit both its members and the international collection of magnificent golf facilities that welcome the seasoned travelers that are avid golfers and their guests.

“International Links Golf Club will operate as a multi-faceted personalized platform assisting members with tee times and travel arrangements. Although members have the option of contacting directly the “home” golf facilities, International Links Golf Club “clubhouse staff”, at the request of members, will contact participating home golf courses to make tee times, assist with travel arrangements and even make restaurant recommendations for members and their guests.

“The home golf facility will always receive payment solely from International Links members and we’ll adhere to each golf facility’s reservation policies, valid credit card to hold booking, etc. And, the best part is you do not have to pay to participate, International Links Golf Club will never send our home golf courses an invoice.”

Benefits to “Home” Golf Courses:

Delta already has commitment from Marriott and Fairmont Hotels to participate in the program and is in substantive discussions with several other hospitality and golf management companies around the world.

“While the aim of the program is to provide high quality “home” golf facilities in each of Delta’s destination cities should other good quality golf courses, not necessarily located in a Delta destination, want to participate we would be willing to accept them into the club to increase the perceived value of membership to the individual,” said a company spokesman. “I hope you’d agree this is a great way to drive incremental rounds played at member golf courses.”

John W. Boykin concludes: “We welcome participation in this exciting global golf program exclusively for Delta SkyMiles International Links Golf Club members. Please simply contact me at jboykin@businessgolfinternational.com .”

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