Why Wed in Ponte Vedra BeachWords by Carolyn Steere
Book Your Tee Time and Wedding at TPC Sawgrass and the Marriott Golf Resort and Spa
Situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida, is the quaint town of Ponte Vedra Beach. Graced with endless white, sandy beaches and small-town charm, Ponte Vedra Beach is also home to The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass and the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa. If there was ever a match made in heaven, this is it. Whether you are planning a grand celebration for 500 or a casual, intimate gathering these two properties offer it all in a location that is convenient for travelers and abundant in vacation activities, sure to please your wedding guests.
Golf enthusiasts will immediately recognize the TPC at Sawgrass as the site of the Players Golf Championship and its world-famous and almost impossible par three 17th hole. If golf is in your family’s DNA, a ceremony and reception at the elegant, Mediterranean revival-inspired clubhouse with its grand staircase and rich wood vaulted ceilings may be the ultimate setting. A ceremony on the event lawn overlooking the Players Stadium golf course followed by a reception in the Ponte Vedra Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows would be magical for a larger gathering. The TPC at Sawgrass also takes great pride in hosting smaller, but elegant weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal brunches and receptions in their many banquet spaces, gardens, suites and terraces. Award-winning chefs, dedicated wedding professionals and picture-perfect settings make the TPC at Sawgrass a top contender for your destination wedding.
Just down the road (a very elegant tree-lined road) is the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa. You would never guess as you enter the stunning atrium overlooking a picturesque lagoon that the resort has 514 luxury guest rooms and suites, one- and two-bedroom villas, two champion golf courses and a full-service spa. The atmosphere of this property is quiet and serene while at the same time a perfect gathering place for up-beat, joyful events like your destination wedding.
Favorite ceremony spots include a gazebo encircled with Spanish moss-draped oak trees by a lagoon to an oceanfront ceremony, and that is just a start. Our pick was adjacent to the lagoon with the sound of the Cascades waterfall in the background. With 61,000 sq. ft of meeting space, the resort can easily accommodate any size event and they take pride in ensuring every moment of your stay as guests are perfect.
There were many details to enjoy at this resort but one that stands out and commemorates the informal partnership with the TPC at Sawgrass is located outside Alice and Pete’s, the lobby restaurant and bar. In the middle of the lagoon is a replica of the previously mentioned 17th hole. You can purchase a bucket of balls and give your best attempts at reaching the hole with proceeds going to charity. Another guest pleaser is the ability to take a short shuttle to the resort’s private Cabana Beach Club in Ponte Vedra so those who choose to sip their tropical drink poolside or with their toes in the sand, all are content.
Sunshine, endless pristine beaches, championship golf, a full-service spa, luxury accommodations, and countless settings for all your gatherings all in a convenient location with activities galore make Ponte Vedra Beach a perfect place to create memories and start your life together.
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Carolyn Steere (1st); Brook Images (2nd & 7th); Jenn Guthrie Photography (3rd); TPC Sawgrass (4th, 5th & 6th)
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