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Premier Resort Close-up: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Photo: TPC Sawgrass

The Stadium Course and its famous par-3 17th are right down the road from the Marriott.

Despite its proximity to PGA Tour headquarters and TPC Sawgrass — both about a two-minute drive from the lobby — you don't actually have to play like a tour pro to get treated like one at the Sawgrass Marriott.

The hotel will be taken over by the game's top talent during the Players Championship in early May, but this Silver Medal winner in our Premier Resorts Awards is all yours the rest of the year. The hotel has all the usual amenities — fine dining at the Augustine Grille and a superb spa — but the real reason to come is access to 153 holes of golf.

The Players Stadium course casts such a long shadow that it's easy to overlook the sturdy Dye's Valley, though Marsh Landing gets the nod as the prettiest of the eight Sawgrass courses. Across the street you can play the nominally private Sawgrass Country Club, a 27-holer where Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins and Lee Trevino won the Players before the TPC was built. But the Stadium is the real draw, especially the pulse-pounding tee shot at the infamous 17th.

May room rates start at $178 per night, and a variety of packages are available.

904-285-7777, sawgrassmarriott.com.

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