Jacksonville - Ponte Vedra Beach: Golf


WATCHING GOLF: THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP AT SAWGRASS

In a happy case of right place/right time, the PGA sought a home for its Tournament Players Championship while the Sawgrass development was underway. Ensuring their selection, developers offered 400 acres to the PGA for $1 - a steal even forty years ago. Ten years later, The PLAYERS Championship took up residence in its new home at the Stadium Course. Golf fans won't find a course better designed with them in mind.

If you're visiting Ponte Vedra in May, you might be lucky to snag tickets to the golf event in Florida. However, at all other times of year it's possible to visit TPC Sawgrass and say "I've seen the green". As a golf fan, standing on the 17th hole of this course is akin to seeing Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower – it's a must when is this part of the world.

  • How to get tickets: See details on the PGA tour website – and be sure to plan ahead!
  • Where to park: If you're a lucky ticket holder for this tournament, we have a few parking tips. Expect high volumes of traffic from Thursday through Sunday of the tournament weekend. A park-and-ride shuttle option is available on Palm Valley Road (it is well-signed coming south from Sawgrass on the A1A).


TPC SAWGRASS (THE PLAYERS STADIUM COURSE AND DYE'S VALLEY COURSE)

Whether you want to play a full round or would rather take a tour, TPC Sawgrass keeps their year-round operation focused on the fans and is extremely welcoming to all ages and skill levels. No matter when you come, you'll find the clubhouse open with restaurant choices and a large pro shop for all manner of golfing souvenirs.

  • Dining: See Ponte Vedra restaurants, page 138, for more detail
  • Website: https://www.tpc.com/tpc-sawgrass
  • Address: 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
  • Layout: 7,215 yards, par 72 (Players Stadium Course)
  • Layout: 6,864 yards, par 72 (Dye's Valley Course)


TOUR ACADEMY AT TPC SAWGRASS (GOLF SCHOOLS AND LESSONS)

Whether you're a beginner with little time, or an accomplished golfer with children in tow – TPC Sawgrass has a class in TOUR Academy for you. They offer 2-5 day Golf Schools – including daily golf, private lessons and junior camps. Book early and get excited!

  • Website: TPC Sawgrass TOUR Academy online
  • Children: Junior programs available for ages 7-17


Sawgrass Country Club (Private)

Previously home to The Players Championship, Golf Digest rates this club and its three distinct courses (9 holes each) very highly. The club is private but is well recommended by other visitors who have managed an invitation.