Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palm Coast Golf Packages
Commonly Asked Questions
World Golf Village Renaissance Resort
According to the U.S. Golf Association, the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine will close in late 2023 and relocate to Pinehurst, North Carolina. It was founded in 1974 in Pinehurst and moved to St. Augustine in 1998 as the centerpiece of the World Golf Village resort community. The World Golf Hall of Fame will reopen in 2024 at Golf House Pinehurst, a new USGA campus with administrative offices and a testing and research facility.
The World Golf Village Renaissance Resort has one golf course, designed by architect Bobby Weed and Hall of Fame members Sam "The Slammer" Snead and Gene "The Squire" Sarazen. It features 36 challenging holes of championship golf. The golf course is known for its tricky par-3 holes and the beauty of the landscape.
Its traditional layout meanders through native flatwoods, running alongside wetland preserves and wildlife habitats. The breathtaking Slammer & Squire Course features contoured greens and gently rolling fairways. There is also a lot of water on the golf course in the form of lakes and marshes. The golf course was built in 1998.
By far, Jacksonville has the most golf courses when it comes to Florida. It is home to some of the most famous and recognizable golf courses, including the No. 2 public course in the state and the No. 11 public course in America – the Players Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass. There are over 70 golf courses throughout Jacksonville, from the historic Donald Ross-designed Hyde Park to semi-private and resort courses designed by numerous modern golf's top architects.
Undoubtedly, Palm Beach is the golf capital of Florida. It has more golf courses than any other state in the country, more specifically, over 160. With a soothing ocean breeze wafting in from the Atlantic and a temperature of 75 degrees, the area has been enchanting many golfers for decades. From the famous PGA National Golf Resort to the municipal course designed by none other than resident Jack Nicklaus, there is something in Palm Beach for every golfer, regardless of their skill level. Playing golf in Palm Beach is accessible to those who are on a budget, too, so this destination should be on the bucket list of every golfer.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
With eight distinct, on-site dining options, the culinary team at Sawgrass Resort can accommodate families, groups, and couples alike. You can choose your dining experience from outdoors and casual to indoors and elevated. Their expert culinary team has mastered the art of local fare and American classics. You can choose from the following restaurants and dining places and more:
- Vernon's First Coast Kitchen & Bar: as a farm-to-table restaurant, it offers picturesque resort views and is the ideal place to enjoy breakfast, small plates, dinner, or craft cocktails.
- Alice and Pete's: at this American restaurant, you can dive into tempting appetizers, entrees, and desserts at the resort's Ponte Vedra beach restaurant and also watch your favorite sport and relax.
- Sharkey's Café: located at the resort's Cabana Beach Club with splendid views of Ponte Vedra Beach, this cafe-restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches, and drinks.
- American Gator Club: Florida's unique indigenous wildlife is on full display at this seasonal restaurant, which overlooks the lagoon and the 13th hole at The Stadium Course.
At Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, you and your family or friends can enjoy several amenities and experiences in addition to golf, such as the following:
- The Sawgrass Spa: the spa is a true oasis of well-being, and if you are in Ponte Vedra Beach on vacation, the resort staff invites you to relax with a pampering treatment.
- Fitness center: the resort's 24-hour fitness center with two Peloton Bikes will help you stay fit in between golf rounds, and you can join one of their fitness classes available.
- Swimming: the resort has four pools, namely the Sawgrass Resort Pool, the Lagoon Pool, the Sawgrass Spa Relaxation Pool, and the Whirlpool.
- Bike Rides: at Sawgrass Resort, you can take a bicycle ride under moss-covered oak trees and enjoy quality time with your family or friends in the great outdoors.
- Lawn Games: as very easy-to-play games with very simple rules, lawn games are a fun way to spend time with your loved ones in between golf rounds at the resort.
Yes, you can walk around TPC Sawgrass. Non-playing guests may also walk alongside the player.
Yes. Sawgrass Country Club is a member-owned private club located in coastal Northeast Florida.
Yes. TPC Sawgrass offers two championship golf courses that are open to the public, specifically the Players Stadium Course and Dye's Valley Course.
Yes. You can book various ride options, including a shared SuperShuttle Blue Van, a private van, or a town car service. All options provide a reliable and stress-free means to get from or to Jacksonville Airport.
There are 514 rooms and suites available to book at Sawgrass Resort for golfers, their friends, and their families.
Sawgrass Resort welcomes two pets of any size in designated rooms for a fee of $150 per stay. Dogs and cats are allowed, and if they are well-behaved, they can be left unattended in the rooms if a 'Do Not Disturb' sign is placed on the door. There is also a grassy area for pet relief on the property.
The clubhouse at Sawgrass Resort is 77,000 square feet, providing TOUR-standard hospitality to members and guests. Blending old-world charm with modern, upscale amenities, the clubhouse features a wide range of dining options, an expansive gallery, and a beautiful hospitality space. The clubhouse is open for the public to discover, with storytellers offering complimentary tours 7 days a week.
Yes. The Players Stadium golf course, designed by the acclaimed Pete Dye, is undoubtedly one of the best target golf courses in the world, having a truly balanced layout. It also boasts an iconic back nine, with the island green 17th hole being one of the most famous par 3s in golf. The Players Stadium course offers breathtaking views and challenging and exciting play for golfers at every skill level. Its vast waste bunkers, large lagoons, thick tree-lined fairways, and breathtaking wildlife make this golf course one to behold.
The Dye's Valley is also unique and challenging. Some courses will never receive the attention they deserve as a result of the mass popularity of its neighbor. Like the Irish course at Whistling Straits, the Dye Valley course at Sawgrass Resort will always assume the stepchild role next to its world-famous Players Stadium sister course. In classic Pete Dye fashion, golfers will be asked to accurately navigate their ball through the trees while avoiding the collection of water hazards throughout the course.
The nearest airport to Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach is Orlando Sanford. Still, there are other travel options for getting to the golf destination. There is a train from Winter Park Amtrak Station to Jacksonville twice a day. Tickets cost $6-$90, and the journey takes nearly 3 hours. You can also take a bus from Jacksonville to Sawgrass via JRTC Bay N and South Beach Regional in a little over 3 hours.
How much you will have to pay to play a round of golf at Sawgrass Resort depends on the course and time of the year you choose. Between September and May, playing the Dye's Valley course costs $300, while enjoying a round at the Players Stadium course costs $650. Between June and August, playing the Dye's Valley course costs $175, whereas relishing a round at the Players Stadium course costs $450. The cost includes a greens fee, a forecaddie with group, a cart fee, and a warm-up bag of practice balls. However, if you choose one of our golf vacation packages, you will only have to pay approximately $355 per night and get to play a round at both golf courses at Sawgrass Resort.
The Stadium Course has one of the most famous golf holes of all time, at just 137 yards from the championship tees. The 17th hole, known as the “Island Green,” is one of the most difficult and well-known holes.
The Stadium Course is not the most difficult layout to play on. The rating issued by the Florida State Golf Association is 76.4, and the Slope Rating is 155, both for normal playing conditions. However, it does pose some challenges for amateur golfers, who typically struggle with accuracy and distance control. Researchers tracking every swing in a round confirm an average score of 89 for players in the 5- to 15-handicap.
Sawgrass has ranked among the 100 Greatest since 1983, with the highest place being awarded in 1985 at no. 25 and a current ranking at no. 52. Among the 100 Greatest Public, it is ranked at no. 11. Sawgrass is also second Best in State.
Upgrading to a caddie service comes with a fee, and the recommended gratuity starts at $20 per player for a forecaddie, $25 for a double bag carry caddie, and $40 for a single carry caddie, payable in cash.
The cart fee is included in the golf package, but for those who like to walk the Stadium Course, it is highly recommended to do so. For the other option of a walking caddie, the fees start at $100 per player, plus gratuity.
The golf course closes a while after THE PLAYERS Championship and again for maintenance during the summer. Guests will be advised of the closure dates prior to booking. The course is more playable during winter months and more challenging in spring, just before or after the championship.
Proper attire on the golf course and facility is mandatory for all players, riders, and observers and includes: bermuda-length shorts, slacks, or skirts, collared and tucked shirts, or golf mocks. Denim is never allowed, as well as workout clothing, shorts, tank tops, or flip-flops.
TPC Sawgrass is known as one of the most challenging golf courses in the world, designed by prominent architects Pete and Alice Dye and the first one built with the concept of spectator seating. The Stadium Course held the inaugural PLAYERS Championship in 1982 and was featured in Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf game.
Yes, non-playing guests are allowed to walk or ride with the players and can get a cart for $38 based on availability.
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is the closest major airport, approximately 35 miles.
Absolutely, we do that all the time. Great courses to add onto Sawgrass packages that already included TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course and Sawgrass Dye Valley are both golf courses at World Golf Village—King & Bear and Slammer & Squire, as well as St. John’s Country Club and The Golf Club of South Hampton.
No, walking caddies or forecaddies are not required at any of the Sawgrass courses. The forecaddie fee is included in our package prices, which is not reduced if golfers don’t take one. Suggested gratuity for a forecaddie, paid in cash at the end of the round, is $30 per golfer. Walking caddie fees for the Stadium course are $110 per golfer for a single bag caddie and $70 per golfer for a double bag walking caddie. Suggested gratuity is $50 per golfer, paid in cash at the end of the round.
Yes, the Stadium Course is cart path only year-round.
Golfers have access to TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course and Sawgrass Dye Valley Course.
TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course typically closes down one month prior to the tournament, which is normally held in mid-March. So, from around mid-February through until mid-March when the tournament has ended, the course is closed to the public.
No, there is no minimum night stay requirement to play the Stadium Course.
Yes, it is. To play any of the Sawgrass golf courses, especially TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, golfers must be guests of the resort.