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Should You Stay at the Sawgrass Marriott when Playing TPC Sawgrass on a Florida Golf Vacation?

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The Sawgrass Marriott is now a nicer place to stay when playing TPC Sawgrass on a Florida golf vacation.

The Sawgrass Marriott is now a nicer place to stay when playing TPC Sawgrass on a Florida golf vacation.

Taking a Florida golf vacation to play at TPC Sawgrass is one of golf’s seminal experiences that is delightfully available to everyone.

But when it comes to playing at this annual PGA Tour stop, one question everyone seems to have is, “Should I stay at the Sawgrass Marriott when playing TPC Sawgrass?”

While you’re no longer required to stay at the Sawgrass Marriott to play at TPC Sawgrass, here’s why you might want to do it anyway. 

(If you’d like my full review and all my insider tips on visiting TPC Sawgrass, you can get them now in the free guide below.)

First of all, The Sawgrass Marriott, which formerly seemed less like a golf resort and more like a golfer’s dorm, is much improved following its recent renovation.

Said the editors of Golf Odyssey, based on their recent, “secret shopper” inspection of the Sawgrass Marriott and TPC Sawgrass:

“fresh renovations have elevated what was a deterrent to the status of “a comfortable base.”

While you wouldn’t mistake it for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms now look appealing and have comfortable beds and pillows, excellent work stations, and large, flat-screen televisions.

Second, while anyone can make reservations at TPC Sawgrass within 14 days of their desired date of play, guests of the Sawgrass Marriott can book much farther in advance.

Third, because the Sawgrass Marriott is affiliated with the TPC Sawgrass, it can offer excellent golf packages. Last year, for example, we told you about one of the most amazing deals we have ever seen: three-nights lodging and three rounds of golf (one on the Players Stadium Course) for $387; a round on the Players Stadium Course alone can cost as much as $398.

Bear in mind, however, that dining isn’t a strong suit of the Sawgrass Marriott, says Golf Odyssey:

“We had every intention of eating dinner at V. Kelly’s Irish Pub but the din was so loud and the menu didn’t entice us, so we changed our plans. We did have breakfast in-house at Cafe on the Green, but found the buffet disappointing and expensive. You’re much better off heading to the TPC Clubhouse, where the food is better and much more reasonably priced.”

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2 Comments

  1. Larry Gianno

    October 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Looking to combine a family school vacation in February or April,with a golf school vacation in Florida or Arizona.All three of us are new to the game.Thanks for your time.

  2. Craig Better

    October 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    One option would be Disney World in Orlando. Plenty of golf, beginner-friendly programs, and lots to do for the kids off course.

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