TRAVEL: Sawgrass a Golfer’s Dream

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The legendary golf resort is an oasis of beauty and luxury on Florida’s East Coast 

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
MAY 8-13
 TPC  Sawgrass  Ponte Vedra Beach
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Along with the Sawgrass Marriott® Golf Resort & Spa, TPC Sawgrass offers several Stay & Play golf package offerings.  To plan your own golf vacation:  tpc.com/sawgrass/vacations/

BY BETH ANN DRAKE

Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

Few destinations in the world can match the pair of TPC Sawgrass and the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa when it comes to great golf and accommodations.  Here you can play 36 challenging and memorable holes created by architect Pete Dye – at The Players Stadium Course and Dye’s Valley Course. TPC Sawgrass’ partnership with the Sawgrass Marriott  allows guests to stay at the home of one of the “Top 10 Best Golf Resorts in the World” by Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine.   Marriott guests receive privileged access to championship golf, courtesy of the adjacent TPC® Sawgrass.

The Sawgrass Marriott’s accommodations feature 514 guest rooms, suites and villas set amid 65 gorgeous acres of Audubon-rated grounds —  a delight for bird-lovers. The moment we arrived,  I was charmed with the beautiful lagoon view from the lobby.  Massive floor to ceiling windows showcase a breathtaking Old Florida landscape.  Step outside and unwind by the fire pits at night or enjoy the scenery from the comforts of the lobby.  Our newly remodeled suite was crisp and contemporary, with a casual elegance.  One of my favorite discoveries was the Living Room Lounge.  Snacks, custom coffees and even your favorite wines are at your fingertips with your access card.

The Sawgrass Spa offers an oasis of wellness for your visit. Surrounded by 15 acres of winding lagoons, pools and lush landscaping, this spa offers a full menu of treatments and packages.  The Zen-inspired spa welcomes you with soothing music, warm lighting and Eastern design elements. It offers facials, massages and body treatments for men, women and couples.

For dining,  Vernon’s offers a gorgeous view for breakfast, lunch or an elegant dinner.

 Situated between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, the Ponte Vedra area provides the perfect blend of small town Southern charm and big city sophistication. And what’s not to like about Ponte Vedra Beach?  The A1A corridor is  lined with miles of white sandy beaches, and a variety of  restaurants and shopping  for all tastes.  The nearby city of Jacksonville  offers visitors an abundance of attractions including the Jacksonville Landing, the Cummer Museum of Art, the Museum of Science and History, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.   

Not too far to the south, the quaint town of St. Augustine offers the visitor a wonderful opportunity to walk the cobblestoned streets, outstanding restaurants, art galleries and shops in the Old City where early Spanish settlers roamed hundreds of years ago. A visit to the 17th Century Castillo de San Marco, the San Sebastian Winery, and  the Ghost Tours of St. Augustine will provide an unforgettable experience.  

So if you are an avid golfer, this resort is a must.  And even if golf is not your game, the spa treatments, dining  and local attractions are well worth the trip.