"We knew a beach club would be an integral part of Sawgrass,” said developer James Stockton Jr. “At the time we started, the emphasis was on the golf course and the real estate.”
The original beach club opened in 1975 and was a swimming pool and a building with few amenities. Nothing like Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, of course, but Stockton’s plan for the future convinced the new Club’s members that one day there would b“e a fine facility on the ocean.
Over the years, the humble beginnings have grown and grown as the club’s leadershipo have given emphasis to Sawgrass’s No. 1 amenity, the Atlantic Ocean.
The first major renovation was in 1980 when Arvida, anxious to improve the amenities to encourage lot and home sales, expanded the building for more dining and lounge seating.
When the members gained control, money was set aside for a new facility and that arrived starting in 2002, when the entire building was torn down. The current Beach Club opened in 2004 and was the subject of a Phase II substantial renovation which was completed in April 2016.
Beach Club Timeline
- 1975 The original Beach Club is completed
- 1979 The Beach Club remodeling starts in December
- 1980 The Beach Club is expanded to130 Dining and 70 lounge seating
- 2004 New Beach Club opened
- 2016 Newly renovated Beach Club opened