‘ReFreshed’ Sawgrass Marriott a Diehard-Golfer Haven

By: John Schwarb


So many areas of the Sawgrass Marriott impressed on a recent visit. Many upgrades and enhancements have been made throughout the Ponte Vedra Beach property, making a flagship Florida golf resort even better.

But I truly knew I was in a golfer’s haven when I turned on the television.

It may come as a surprise to know that Golf Channel isn’t universal to hotel rooms, even in golf-friendly Florida. Yet the Sawgrass Marriott had it, along with every iteration of ESPN, the NFL Network, NHL Network, FoxSports1 and NBC Sports Network.

Maybe that’s a minor detail, but such details make a difference at a golfer’s golf resort.

I have never seen so many golf bags toted straight to rooms by players, as opposed to being left at the valet. People who come to the Sawgrass Marriott are coming to play TPC Sawgrass, home to one of America’s iconic golf courses, and they will all but sleep with their clubs in anticipation. (Or at least take a few half-swings and putts in their rooms.)

And the resort puts them in the perfect state of happiness to play their best.

The Sawgrass Marriott has undergone a multi-million-dollar “ReFresh” over the past year, where nearly every inch of the property has been enhanced. Villas and suites have been smartly updated, with functional contemporary touches, new restaurants have opened and a giant great room and lobby bar in the center of the resort is one of the best places I’ve seen to kick back with a drink and relive the day’s golf.

There are also pools, a full-service spa and an accompanying beach resort (guests can take a free shuttle from the hotel to the beach), rounding out the complete resort experience. But golf is at the forefront, from a stocked on-site golf shop to a small island green in the lagoon behind the hotel where guests can fire shots in an attempt to win nights in the Presidential Suite.

The Sawgrass Marriott is a true golfer’s haven. I knew it with a click of the remote.

If you go
Sawgrass Marriott
1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach

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