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Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club
1000 PGA Tour Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: 904-285-7777, 800-228-9290
Fax: 904-285-0906
Website: www.sawgrassmarriott.com

Waterworld
By Kim Fay

Land O'Lakes

It's a long-standing belief that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That's what destinations like the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club are for. It may be home to 46,000+ square feet of meeting space, including Tournament Hall, which can house up to 60 booths, but it's also surrounded by 99 holes of championship golf.

Water plays an important role at the resort. Along with lakes, three pools and the adjacent ocean, waterfalls cascade in the lobby and around the whirlpools. Water provides a soothing backdrop to almost every activity on offer, from beach volleyball to tennis to golf. The lakes are interwoven throughout the grounds and the resort's own Pete Dye-designed TPC Stadium Course, which is home to the PGA Tour's annual The Players Championship and the famous Island Green at 17. The resort attract its fair share of conventioneers with its ballrooms, boardrooms and outdoor banquet venues, but it is known foremost for its smooth golf set-up. Along with the Stadium fairways, guests have access to the resort's TPC Valley Course and the nearby Marsh Landing, Oakbridge and Sawgrass Country Clubs.

Life is a beach...

With its rolling lawns and 2 1/2 miles of Atlantic shoreline, the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club feels like a seaside park. Interspersed throughout this bucolic setting are a variety of accommodations. Along with 508 rooms and suites in the hotel, there are also condo-like villas on or near the golf course and one- to three-bedroom villas on the beach. The latter work well for families as they have kitchens, fireplaces, full dining rooms and screened decks. Continual, discreet upgrades keep the hotel looking fresh and stylish. A collection of suites, for example, has been given a French and Mediterranean-inspired facelift, as well as ergonomic desk chairs and 27-inch TVs. Taking into account the heavy conference clientele, all accommodations come with plenty of business amenities, such as high-speed Internet access, voice mail, data ports and work desks.

Ninety-nine holes of championship golf

In some ways, the Sawgrass Marriott Beach Resort & Club is like its own village, with seven restaurants and lounges to choose from, such as Ocean View, featuring — what else? — views of the ocean from its dining room. Café on the Green offers American fare overlooking the thirteenth hole of the TPC Stadium Course, and the 100th Hole provides beverages and snacks poolside. Live entertainment and dancing takes place nightly in the Champs Lounge.

For travelers seeking a casual vacation or a laid-back place to host a wedding, conference or golf retreat, the Sawgrass Marriott Beach Resort & Club is a one-stop work and play destination.

 
(Updated: 09/05/13 CT)


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