What is the TPC?
TPC? If you are not into golf you may not know what that acronym is. It stands for Tournament Players Championship and every year in May, Ponte Vedra Florida is the place to be. If you have an affinity for golf, this is one of the best experiences to be able to walk around this incredible course, enjoy people watching, and partake in some great food and drinks!
If you score tickets to this annual event, make sure you stop by the clubhouse. It is gorgeous for dining, or just for exploring the 77,000 square feet space. What is most interesting is they have storytelling docents that will help you wander around as well. There is also a world-class golf shop to purchase some great items.
History of the TPC Sawgrass
The golf course itself opened in 1980 and is a part of a string of public and private courses that is run by the PGA. The TPC here in Ponte Vedra is called "TPC Sawgrass" due to its history of the PGA TOUR's commissioner Deane Beman. She wanted to find a location for the tour and approached the Sawgrass Country Club to do so. The course boasts the ability to accommodate all types of players of the game from professionals to mere fans of the game.
The first tournament was played in 1982 and never fails to please the avid fan with its astounding finishes during the tournament. However when that first championship was being played, there was a lot of controversy. When Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer did not make the cut along with complaints about the design, people started to doubt its worth. Obviously this is not an issue anymore, as it is one of the most popular golf tournaments ever.
Wherever you stand on this course to watch a hole be played on this course is a good spot. The course was designed specifically for spectators to be able to watch the golfer playing by creating "mounds" that replicate stadium seating for all to get a good view of the player and the hole.
The 17th Hole
The course's 17th hole is very famous. It is a par 3 where not only is it unique in that the golfer must putt out to an island hole, but it has also become famous for making or breaking a golfer's game. The hole is only 78 feet long so you do not have a lot of wiggle room and you need to be precise.
Interested in seeing how the top golfers have taken on this course with amazing shots?
Here are the Top 10 plays from the TPC.
So, What Can I Take and What is Restricted at TPC?
You may take your phone but you may not take video of any kind and you can only take pictures during practice rounds. **Especially important for the ladies, your bag may not be any larger than a 6x6x6 and all bags will be searched before entering. You may bring in an umbrella and/or chair, but they must be uncovered (if your chair or umbrella has a covering or case you will be asked to take it back to the car). Leave all of these items at home or you will be sent back to your car:
Here is what you can and should take!
-*CASH (in case the ATMs run out of money plus some vendors don't take a card)
-comfortable clothing & shoes (lots of walking!!)
-jacket (if cool or may rain)
What Should I Do After Watching Golf?
After a long day of walking the beautiful golf course, most people head to one of the amazing restaurants and bars in the vicinity to get out of the heat. One place that draws a huge crowd every year is Pussers Caribbean Grille. They are known for their great cuisine and...the Painkiller. This drink comes in "levels" depending on your ability to handle your alcohol! It has rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut. It is served on the rocks with an orange slice and a cherry and some freshly grated nutmeg. Some other great places to eat are the Aqua Grill, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Nona Blue, or Trasca & Co. Eatery.