Sawgrass Marriott Shines as a Family Destination

    By John Schwarb

    As I recently wrote, the Sawgrass Marriott is a pure golfer’s heaven. The resort stands on its own as a destination, then when you add one of the game's  most famous courses just across the lagoon, you’ve got a must-visit for golfers around the world.

    But is the Sawgrass Marriott geared more toward a buddies’ getaway or is it a complete family destination? I got my answer recently on a daddy-daughter weekend with my 8-year-old.

    Edie has visited more hotels than the average 8-year-old, and like adults she’ll get a feel for the vibe in the first few minutes and know if she has found a great spot.

    She knew in a hurry on this trip.

    In our room, she delighted in the updated furnishings and small touches such as movable headboard-mounted reading lamps (Edie’s a serious bookworm). A well-appointed bathroom with close-up mirror was appreciated.

    At Alice and Pete’s Pub, the on-site sports bar and restaurant, Edie gave the grilled cheese and fries (which arrive in mini-fryer baskets) high marks. Foosball and table shuffleboard were a hoot – those aren’t just bar games for adults, but a great way to fill time with kids.

    Our Saturday morning pool time was compromised by rain, but an attentive staff member came to the rescue with board games so we were able to play “Clue” on the covered patio while waiting for the skies to clear.

    When they did, there was ping-pong and mini golf to be played and a welcoming pool. Had we desired, there were also bikes available to rent.

    For a daddy-daughter weekend, we ate great, played hard, slept hard and at the end, Edie paid the resort the ultimate compliment:

    “When can we come back?”

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