Golf News for Friday, May 17, 2013 | Courses

Sawgrass Country Club announces renovation of entire golf course

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Sawgrass Country Club will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation of all 27 holes of the golf course beginning in May 2013.

The three-year, $5 million project began with the closure of the West nine-hole course on May 14. The second phase will continue with the East nine holes in the spring and summer of 2014, followed by the South nine holes in spring and summer of 2015. Sawgrass Country Club formerly hosted The Players Championship tournament from 1977 to 1981 prior to the tournament moving to its present location.

All the fairways, tees and bunkers are part of the renovation project. Substantial improvement work will be done on other areas of the golf course, including the bridges, drainage, cart paths, bulkheads and the irrigation system. The greens renovation is planned for the future.

"This commitment to our master plan demonstrates our dedication to providing an exceptional golf course that is considered among the best in Northeast Florida," said Barry McDonald, Sawgrass Country Club general manager. "We want Sawgrass Country Club to continue to be the first choice for those seeking the best private club experience and value in our area."

Sawgrass Country Club has partnered with golf course architect Robert Walker to complete the design and manage the project. Walker was a protégé of Ed Seay, the original course architect from Arnold Palmer Design Company during the construction of the club's original East / West layout. MacCurrach Golf Construction has been selected to complete the construction work on the initial West course project.

"Sawgrass Country Club is a 27-hole golf course, so we're can keep 18 holes open for our members at all times throughout the renovation," added McDonald.

About Sawgrass Country Club
Sawgrass Country Club is a premier private country club of Northeast Coastal Florida, featuring all the benefits of a multi-star, oceanfront resort, including 27 holes of tour-proven championship golf, a world-class racquet club with 13 Har-Tru courts, a pristine, uncrowded, beach fronting the 30,000 square foot beach club and a new fully equipped 6,800 square foot fitness and wellness center.

Sawgrass members enjoy casual, oceanfront deck dining, fine dining and luxurious banquet venues at the golf club, beach club, oceanfront deck and pavilion.

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Jeanne Hasenmiller