My Dream Golf Vacation For Fall 2009

17th Island Green at TPC Sawgrass

It’s getting near that time when we here in the U.S have a meal that has a turkey and a wishbone.

If I get the wishbone this year, I’ve got my wish all planned out.

I’m gonna wish for a golf vacation to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort.

It’s been voted one of the Ten Best in the United States.

It’s near one of my favorite areas – Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida.

It’s got the famed 17th island green on the TPC course and you know I’d birdie that dude if I ever played it!

Fodor’s has this to say about it: “As the second-largest golf resort in the country and home of the world-famous TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course, the Sawgrass Golf Resort and Spa has plenty to offer golfers, including playing privileges on 99 holes of world renowned courses (five, to be exact). This is truly a full-service resort, whether you’ve come to laze about (the resort includes a 25,000-square-foot, full-service spa and allows guests access to the Cabana Club, a private beach club nearby) or get active playing an Arnold Palmer-designed mini-golf course, swimming in one of four pools or fishing in freshwater lakes and ponds. A $16 million room-renovation project in 2007 has given the resort a face more befitting its name. Pros: Championship golf courses, readily available shuttle, efficient staff. Cons: Beach not within walking distance, overrated food, no free parking.”

Even though I’ll be very near the PGA Tour headquarters, I won’t actually have to play like a tour player to get treated like one at the Sawgrass Marriott.

The hotel has exceptional amenities, fine dining at the Augustine Grille and a superb spa, but the real reason to go is the 150+ holes of tremendous golf. says: “The Players Stadium course casts such a long shadow that it’s easy to overlook the sturdy Dye’s Valley, though Marsh Landing gets the nod as the prettiest of the eight Sawgrass courses. Across the street you can play the nominally private Sawgrass Country Club, a 27-holer where Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins and Lee Trevino won the Players before the TPC was built. But the Stadium is the real draw, especially the pulse-pounding tee shot at the infamous 17th.”

Yeah, it’s just a dream for now, but come late November, I may well be on my way south and I’ll be looking for 3 buddies to go with me 😉

Anybody got some good thoughts of the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort to help keep my dream alive and kickin’ ?