Sawgrass Country Club
Sawgrass Country Club is a private golf and tennis club in the southeastern United States at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, southeast of Jacksonville. The club hosted the PGA Tour's Tournament Players Championship five times, from 1977 through 1981.
Sawgrass Country Club has 27 holes of golf, divided into three separate 9-hole courses (South Course, East Course, and West Course). The club hosted the Tournament Players Championship from 1977 through 1981, where it was played on the East and West nines in mid- to late March. It moved to nearby TPC Sawgrass in 1982, where it has been played every year since, and was renamed The Players Championship in 1988.
|Tournament Players Championships (1977–1981)|
|1977||Mark Hayes||United States||289 (+1)||2 strokes||60,000||300,000|
|1978||Jack Nicklaus||United States||289 (+1)||1 stroke||60,000||300,000|
|1979||Lanny Wadkins||United States||283 (−5)||5 strokes||72,000||400,000|
|1980||Lee Trevino||United States||278 (−10)||1 stroke||72,000||400,000|
|1981||Raymond Floyd||United States||285 (−3)||Playoff||72,000||400,000|
In 1987, Sawgrass Country Club hosted the Senior Players Championship in mid-June, which was won by Gary Player. The par-72 course was set at 6,636 yards (6,068 m) and the winner's share was $60,000. Player sank a seven-foot (2.1 m) birdie putt on the final green to win by a stroke at 280 (−8).
In addition to championship golf, Sawgrass Country Club maintains a tennis facility, known as the Racquet Club. The Racquet Club at Sawgrass Country Club has been ranked among the 50 best tennis facilities in the United States by Tennis Magazine. In 2009 and 2010 the Racquet Club hosted the MPS Group Championships, a tennis tournament on the WTA Tour.
Sawgrass Country Club's 27 holes of championship golf have a great deal of water. These ponds have natural structure and provide incredible habitat for some of Florida's biggest large mouth bass. Some even exceeding 10 pounds in weight. Residents and members have long enjoyed morning and evening fishing on and around the course. The months of January, February, and March attract the most fishing due to the large mouth bass bedding habits. Portion of the Guana River runs through holes 4 and 5 on the East nine. The natural swampy land the course was built on is also home to very large alligators. Some have even been over 10 ft in length. Other species found in the water include: gar, carp, crappie, tilapia, and bowfin. Sawgrass Country Club even hosts an annual bass fishing tournament. (https://www.sawgrasscountryclub.com/club/scripts/calendar/view_club_calendaritem.asp?CID=2194436&GRP=28959&NS=PUBLIC&src=w).
Sawgrass Country Club's beach access provides a great location for surf fishing.
Sawgrass Country Club has a long standing tradition of celebrating USA's freedom on Independence Day. The day always starts with a golf cart parade. Families enjoy friendly competition while decorating carts in a particular theme. While many simply stick with patriotic, themes can be about anything the contestant desires. The carts parade around the neighborhood and are judged in multiple categories. A cookout and fireworks are also part of the tradition. Sawgrass Country Club's fireworks have gained the reputation as being one of the best shows in the area.
- "Player wins". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). wire services. June 15, 1987. p. 3C.
- "Player hits seven-footer for victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 15, 1987. p. 2B.