Experience the PGA's THE PLAYERS Championship in Florida's Historic Coast and Be Part of History

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It is not called Florida’s Historic Coast for no reason…Aside from having 450-years of Hispanic influence, cobblestone roads leading to centuries-old forts and churches and horse-drawn carriage rides through time, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra will once again be part of history during The PLAYERS Championship May 10-15.

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

THE PLAYERS Championship returns to Ponte Vedra witness history in the making.

"Nearly 450 years separate its past from its present, but nowhere is history more celebrated than in St. Augustine," said Richard Goldman, President & CEO of St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra VSB "Be part of history by experiencing THE PLAYERS Championship!"

Since its start in 1974, with Jack Nicklaus' historic victory over J.C. Snead, THE PLAYERS has been one of the PGA TOUR's most coveted titles. Thousands of golf lovers flock to The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach every year, not only to witness history, but to play the courses the pros play, enjoy 42 miles of wide, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, St. Augustine’s historic sites, famous restaurants and breathtaking nature.

Florida's Historic Coast is a golfer’s paradise; a destination on every golfer’s bucket list with more than a dozen championship golf courses. Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Davis Love III, Greg Norman, and Fred Couples are just some of the golfers who have experienced the most famous course, THE PLAYERS Stadium Course with its world-renowned 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Stadium Course was designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience. Players find a selection of short, medium and long holes within categories of par-3s, par-4s and par-5s; both right and left doglegs; and a course routing laid out so no two consecutive holes ever play the same direction.

Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, the sister-course to the world-famous THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, is available for play year round. Seasoned and casual golfers can benefit from the design of this golf course with wider fairways and larger greens.

Just a few minutes away at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, vacationers live out golf fantasies on two great courses – the Slammer & Squire inspired by Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead, and the King & Bear, jointly designed by golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The Slammer & Squire is a 6,939 yard resort course and is distinguished by memorable par-3s, preserved woodlands, wetland and natural beauty. The King & Bear is a 7,279 yard course that is eminently playable and picturesque with par-5s amid lakes and live oaks. The King & Bear is rated among Golf Week’s Top Resort Courses. The World Golf Hall of Fame is the only place in the world where golf’s greatest players are enshrined along with exhibits tracing the evolution of the game and the personal memorabilia and artifacts from its 146 members.

At the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the Lagoon Course is a 6,022 yard, par 70 masterpiece. The course places a premium on accurate drives and thoughtful approaches. Water is definitely a dominant feature with a mosaic of lakes and lagoons taunting golfers on 11 holes. The par-72, 6,811 yard Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has served as the site for the U.S. Open qualifying round five times.

In addition to these very well-known courses, there are nearly a dozen other must-play championship courses available for visitors to play.

Florida’s Historic Coast has special offers for Golf Getaways featuring the ultimate golf experiences that are on every golfers bucket list, even ticket and lodging packages to THE PLAYERS Championship! Florida’s First Coast of Golf is a portal to all things golf and travel in Northeast Florida. Find travel packages, book accommodations, schedule tee times and more all from http://www.florida-golf.org.

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches.

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