All golfers have fantasized about competing in the PGA Tour. As you nail long drives down the fairway, or sink difficult putts from the opposite end of the green, it’s hard not to become curious about how well you’d perform against the real pros. While you may never go shot-for-shot with Dustin Johnson, or win a green jacket for that matter, you can play on a championship-caliber course and live like a pro for the weekend when you stay at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

Adjacent to TPC® Sawgrass, and providing privileged access to Dye’s Valley Course and the iconic Players Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship, the Ponte Vedra Beach resort is the perfect place to unleash your inner competitor. The two balanced courses, both immaculately maintained, provide unique experiences for amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Both golf courses feature ample water features as well as the standard of excellence that comes from being invented by world-renowned designer, Pete Dye.

On the Stadium Course, you can prove hitting onto the green of the legendary 17th hole is no problem… or discover how challenging it truly is. For those more interested in watching the real “good guys” play than doing so yourself, THE PLAYERS Championship traditionally takes place in May, though it will be moved to March beginning in 2019.

On the course, sand can mean an afternoon full of challenges, struggles and frustration. On the shores of Ponte Vedra Beach, however, sand is just another factor that makes the Florida coast feel like paradise. Even the real pros need some rest and relaxation after a tournament, which is why the resort offers a complimentary shuttle to take you to Cabana Beach Club. The unique, tropical location helps families and friends embrace the vacation state of mind. After a memorable round, soak your weary muscles in the warm waters of the Atlantic, or at the Cabana Beach Club’s sparkling pool.  

Replenish your body like a true champion after a day on the course or beach. And no, that doesn’t mean swinging through a drive-thru to pick up a Whopper. It means wining and dining at one of the resort’s delectable on-site eateries, or indulging at one of the three seasonal restaurants overlooking the ocean, including 619 Ocean View, Sea Porch Bar & Grill and Sharkey’s Snack Bar. You can also celebrate your first hole-in-one with a sensational cocktail or glass of wine from the Great Room Lobby Lounge.

Regardless of if your scorecard ended with double or triple digits, or if you even made it out to the course at all, you can still feel like a pro when you stay in one of the resort’s contemporary rooms and suites. Having recently undergone a $25 million renovation, the hotel’s refined accommodations entice the travelers of today as well as seasoned road warriors. Rejuvenate in-between rounds while enjoying luxury bedding, flat-panel TVs, room service and stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Looking for additional space? Spread out in style when you reserve one of the resort’s deluxe villas. Each villa features a separate living space, private bedroom, kitchenette and outdoor balcony or patio. Plus, you can bring your entire family along, including your pets.

Though the course is always calling, visitors have plenty of other options to keep them busy while on property. While the kids learn to surf at the Surfstream Wave Machine, you can enjoy a massage or manicure from Sawgrass Spa. Offering a full menu of soothing treatments and relaxing packages, the on-site spa is ideal for individuals looking to unwind.

Ready to discover how the pros hit pause? Reserve a stay at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa with Vacations by Marriott and receive exclusive savings when you book your accommodations, airfare and transportation all in one place!