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Sawgrass Marriott Renovates

April 9, 2007 By: Mackenzie Allison Travel Agent

Golf courses and facilities at TPC Sawgrass also improved in time for The Players

Agents with clients who love to golf, take note: The only ways to obtain access to TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour's The Players Championship, is to be either a member of the club or a guest at the newly renovated Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa. In Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, this golf resort has the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west. It's a 35-minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport.  The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

In preparation for the 2007 The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass has undergone renovations in the past few months and is adding a new clubhouse, while the Marriott is renovating its guest rooms.

At press time, most of the rooms had been finished; the project was due to be complete within the first few weeks of this month.

About the Resort

The Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa has 508 guest rooms,
suites and villas; six restaurants and two lighter-fare dining options; two
lounges; and a 20,000-square-foot spa.

The guest rooms in the main tower underwent $16 million
worth of enhancements and were converted to Marriott "Revive" rooms.
They have wood furnishings, silver light fixtures, window treatments and
coordinated artwork. New amenities include more spacious workspaces with an
ergonomic desk and chair, while "Revive" bathrooms feature enhanced
vanities, dual sinks and redesigned flooring. The best rooms to book are in the
main building overlooking the lagoons, pool and golf course.

Recently renovated guest room

The Courses and Golf Facilities

Renovations to TPC Sawgrass' golf courses took place last
year and included the eight-month, $10 million renovation of the The Players
Stadium Course, which re-opened this past November with new state-of-the-art
irrigation and drainage systems. Dye's Valley Course also received more than $1
million worth of enhancements, including extensive landscaping improvements and
bunker reconstruction. In December, TPC Sawgrass introduced the Tour Academy,
which offers highly personalized golf instruction.

The main clubhouse was completely demolished in April 2006.
Slated for a re-opening this May, right in time for the May 7 to 13 The Players
Championship, the $30 million, 77,000-square-foot TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse will
include a 14,000-square-foot terraced event lawn, a restaurant, separate
member/player locker rooms and resort locker rooms, as well as a "Walk of
Fame" entryway featuring interactive exhibits and displays.

The focal points of the foyer will be five wall murals
depicting great moments in The Players. Six hospitality rooms will serve as
pre-function areas and have both audiovisual capabilities and Internet access.
There are also three boardrooms.

Travel agents sending their clients to Sawgrass Marriott
Resort & Spa should contact Jane Farve, the reservations manager, at [email protected]
or 904-280-7049.

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