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Why This is the Year to Take a Florida Golf Vacation to Play TPC Sawgrass

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While the 17th of TPC Sawgrass' Players Stadium Course is the most recognizable, the 11th is a beauty, too.

While the 17th hole of TPC Sawgrass’ Players Stadium Course is the most recognizable, its 11th hole is a beauty, too.

The PGA Tour is playing the “fifth major” at TPC Sawgrass this week.

Here’s why you should consider playing it this year.

Number one, if you’ve not yet played the Players Stadium Course there, or haven’t been back since its major renovations, you’re in for some very pleasant surprises.

And, to stir interest in TPC Sawgrass during the sluggish economy, the club’s marketing department has been very busy devising specials and bargain packages.

In February last year, for instance, we took advantage of one of the most amazing deals we have ever seen.

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Whereas a round on the Players Stadium Course alone can cost nearly $400, our package included three rounds of golf (one on the Players Stadium Course) and three night’s lodging for $387 per person, double occupancy.

Now, we’re not sure if this deal will ever be offered again, and prices seem to be creeping back up lately (another reason to play sooner than later), but it’s not a bad idea to monitor the TPC website (tpc.com/sawgrass) or Twitter feed (twitter.com/tpcsawgrass) which are often updated with enticing packages.

At the Players Stadium Course itself, significant improvements in drainage ensure that playing conditions will be good even after the heavy rains that frequently inundate this region northern Florida.

Better still, the enormous new showplace clubhouse will make you want to come early and stay long past your round (the food is excellent; better than at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa, and there are great happy hour specials).

And speaking of the Sawgrass Marriott, fresh renovations have elevated what was a deterrent to a visit to the status of “a comfortable base.”

Keep in mind, you’re no longer required to stay there to gain access to the TPC Sawgrass golf courses. Now, anyone can make reservations within 14 days of their desired date of play.

For any Chicago-based readers out there, here’s one more reason to visit TPC Sawgrass this year: American Airlines recently added three, non-stop, daily flights between O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), about 40 minutes from TPC Sawgrass.

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7 Comments

  1. Greg Gilson

    May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Good Morning, this note comes from Australia where we are reading that the Sawgrass Marriot is in financial difficulties. I am attemting to obtain a clear picture from the hotel itself. They are basically saying that its “business as usual” but i don’t want to send deposits for a visit that may not be secure. What’s your knowledge of the hotel’s situation and what’s your advice regards sending deposits? Thanks for your time and your newsletter!

  2. Craig Better

    May 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Hi Greg. We’ve been planning on dedicating an entire post to answer this very question — not about the Sawgrass Marriott specifically, but about resorts in financial distress (which is all too common lately) and what it means to the guest. Bottom line: guests are USUALLY at no greater risk than normal; it’s often the lenders who take the hit, if any. We’ll provide more details in the upcoming post.

  3. Stephen Burns

    May 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Take advantage of any great deal and play all the course, but definitely take the caddies for the Stadium Course. In addition to assistance and guidance around the treacheries of the course you’ll be treated to some local characters who genuinely love the game and showing the subtleties of TPC Sawgrass.

  4. richard

    May 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i played sawgrass a couple of years ago and though i found it quite difficult on most holes it is not worth the fees they are charging to play it,there are plenty of other courses in the area that are more reasonable..

  5. colin joce

    August 28, 2010 at 7:52 am

    i have not played sawgrass yet, but i intend to in 2012. if you passionate about golf, or are a true golf fan, then you won`t object to paying the 400 dallar fee! i payed 160 pounds to play the west course at wentworth in surrey england. and i would pay it again. yes its a lot and 400 dollars is a lot. but for once in your life, why not! its sawgrass!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ken

    October 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I played TPC Sawgrass six years in a row in a local charity tournament. I thought I wouldn’t like the course, as I am a Ross/MacDonald/MacKenzie fan, but in fact it is a fabulous course. The greens are very small, the waste bunkers are everywhere, and you will need to hit every club in your bag. Do take one of the TPC caddies: they are always engaging, knowledgeable, and will make your round more fun. I am told that the course managers are very difficult to deal with, but I never saw that. The new clubhouse is over the top, but the food is terriffic. Don’t miss the chance to play TPC.

  7. Rob

    April 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I played TPC Sawgrass Stadium and Dye Feburary of 2009 and then again in June of 2010 (playing 2x on Sawgrass, Sat and Mon the 2nd time). Driving up to the club house is a great experience with all the past winners’ picture on the flag and club house itself is just plain insane. Its got to be the most extravagant club house. Out of 3x I played the Stadium, 1 caddie (John) was awesome (A+), 2nd caddie was so so and didn’t help (C-), and 3rd caddie was good but not great (B). Course was in much better shape in Feb 2009 and having Mr. Bill Hughes (GM of TPC) come out and talk with us made the experience extra unforgettable. It maybe the timing but June 2010, course was in bad shape, I’d almost compare it $20 course back home. I was told they aerate 3x a year so check with the reservation people before booking your round. Nothing like paying $300 for a round and find out that the greens are punched. My PLAYING TIP for those haven’t chipped or pitched on bermuda grass that is bent away from the green. Don’t leave yourself a half shot EVER, you will chunk or blade it trying not to chunk it. Also, putt if you have grain going against you if you’re close. Between those 2 tips, you can save yourself 10+ shots. Those pesky half shot will ruin your round if you let it.

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