Sawgrass Country Club announces multi-million dollar Golf Course renovation project
The three-year project began in May 2013 with the closure of the West nine. The second phase continues with the East nine holes in the spring and summer of 2014, followed by the South nine course in spring and summer of 2015. Sawgrass Country Club formerly hosted The Players Championship tournament from 1977 to 1981 prior to the tournament moving to its present location.
The Sawgrass Country Club courses are being renovated as part of the club's master plan to refurbish the golf course infrastructure. All the fairways, tees and bunkers are part of the renovation project. Substantial improvement work will be done on other areas of the golf course, including the bridges, drainage, cart paths, bulkheads and the irrigation system. The greens renovation is planned for the future.
“This commitment to our master plan demonstrates our dedication to providing an exceptional golf course that is considered among the best in Northeast Florida,” said Barry McDonald, Sawgrass Country Club general manager. “We want Sawgrass Country Club to continue to be the first choice for those seeking the best private club experience and value in our area.”
Sawgrass Country Club has partnered with golf course architect Robert Walker to complete the design and manage the project. Walker has vast experience in course design and project management. He was a protégé of Ed Seay, the original course architect from Arnold Palmer Design Company during the construction of the club’s original East / West layout. MacCurrach Golf Construction has been selected to complete the construction work on the initial West course project.
Rich in Championship Golf History
Sawgrass Country Club has been synonymous with great golf ever since it played host to The Players Championship in 1977. The premier PGA Tour event was played on our East-West Course through 1981, when it moved to its nearby current site nearby at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass
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The golf course, now with 27 holes, was designed by noted Arnold Palmer Course Design architect, Ed Seay. Through the years, Sawgrass has been consistently recognized as one of the finest courses in the country and has been included in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S., Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Florida, and Golf Week Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in America. Members may utilize their own golf carts, the Club’s carts, or walk the courses with club-furnished trolleys.
Sawgrass Country Club continues the tradition of championship golf by hosting an annual NCAA Men’s Division 1 Invitational, FSGA and USGA state and national events, and other select tournaments throughout the year.
Carefully nurtured Tifeagle greens reward the skillful putter who has successfully negotiated over or around the picturesque lakes and bunkers that beautify the course.
The three nines provide the variety of three different rotations and include five tee boxes to accommodate players of all abilities. A spacious driving range, putting green, practice bunker and chipping green round out a total golfer’s needs for game improvement. Our resident pros offer individual and group lessons and special technique clinics year ‘round.
GOLF RELATED ACTIVITIES are abundant seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, including many welcoming formal and ad hoc groups of men and women at every handicap level. The choices are almost endless, including interclub and intraclub tournaments of all types involving medal play, team play including scrambles, shambles, our legendary annual Member/Guest and a yearly “Greenskeeper’s Revenge” that’s a hoot.