This May—as in every May for more than 35 years—tens of thousands of guests will flock to Florida’s shores, not just for the warm press of early summer sun or the cool wash of ocean waves, but for the pinnacle of golf tournaments: The Players Championship.
Since Jack Nicklaus’ historic victory over J.C. Snead in the tournament’s first year, The Players Championship has remained one of the most coveted titles on the golf circuit. In 1982, the Championship found its final home at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course—a site for the only tournament owned by the players of the PGA tour and a vision of Commissioner Deane Beman that defied the odds.
The high stakes of today’s Players Championship are best enjoyed via The Players Club Experience, which offers VIP access to the tournament at an incomparable level. The Players Club Package includes tickets to selected round, multi-day or all week access to the tournament, as well as private access to The Players Club within the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse and entrance into private suites overlooking the 18th Green and 17th Tee. These viewing areas afford an even closer look at the players, who join you to watch the Championship unfold in these suites.
Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and an open bar as you watch the pros swing and stroll across the greens. Soon, you foodies will feel like you’ve reached paradise with the delightful barage of gourmet meals. The Championship’s own mixologists even shake and twist their way to new, inventive cocktails designed just for you.
It’s not an experience you’ll ever forget, but you’ll still want something to remember it by. Good thing you’ll have private access to the Players Club Golf Shop with unique memorabilia only available once a year. If you want to share the experience with friends, the all week access package can be shared, allowing you to alternate days with another couple.
A trip to the The Players Championship isn’t just a golf tournament, it’s a destination vacation. Ponte Vedra Beach is home to TPC Sawgrass, but it’s also home, of course, to beaches, including 40-foot sand dunes that drip into white sand and quiet coves shaded by twisted oaks and wild palmettos. Off the water you’ll find luxury shopping—like the ladylike Mon Amie Boutique (MonAmie.Boutique) and Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Gallery (CutterandCutter.com)—and gourmet restaurants like Restaurant Medure (RestaurantMedure.com).
Naturally, you’ll have to sleep, and for that (as well as relaxing and lounging), there’s the Marriott Sawgrass Spa & Resort (Marriott.com). A stay at this elegant resort during the Championship includes first class access to the course. You’ll want to book an extra day to truly enjoy all the Marriott Sawgrass offers, including lavish spa treatments and the on-site, award-winning restaurant, Vernon’s.
Lest we forget golf is the focus of this trip south, we’d also recommend spending a day at the Performance Center (TourPerformanceCenter.com). Here you can get a complete analysis and custom club fitting using the best and latest technology. The team at the Performance Center can help take your golf game to the next level, and soon you’ll be swinging like the pros you came to see.