YGT customised my golf trip to ensure that the courses,
accommodation, car hire and flights were tailored to suit my bespoke wishes. YGT
clearly had an in-depth understanding of all the options for the destinations
that I was interested in. Speaking to an actual golfer about the options for a
golf holiday is definitely a bonus!
I arrived at Sawgrass on the Friday evening and was immediately seduced by the soothing atmosphere of the Marriot hotel and surrounding estate. Driving along PGA Tour Boulevard and Seven Mile Drive, seeing the pictures of past winners of the The Players Championship, makes you feel like you are in a very special golfing venue.
The Saturday morning sunsine laid bare the full glory of the courses on the estate. Seeing the sun rise over the dew on the practice ground was a sight that any golfer would yearn for. I decided to have breakfast in the Sawgrass clubhouse whilst I looked over the course guide, to plot my way around the course hole by hole. The clubhouse feels like it has been there since the 19th century, such is the old world splendour of the building and the history behind the many pictures and stories.
I was lucky enough to meet one of the many volunteers that
morning, Hal Fletcher, who talked me through the history of the course as
a venue for The Players Championship and its path from untouchable swamp land
to one of the most revered golf venues in the world. Hal exuded the spirit of Sawgrass,
was charming, funny and great company. He took me on a tour of the 16th,
17th and 18th holes too. Each turn on the route was
accompanied by an anecdote that was unforgettable. Especially memorable was the
story of infamous Angelo Spagnolo who carded a 3 over par 66...on the 17th
I played the Stadium and Valley courses on 2 occasions each. The pairings were fun and the anticipation on the 1st tee at Sawgrass was immense for each golfer in the group. From the pro-shop staff right through to the starter, everyone seemed to be in a romantic state because of the surroundings. This added to the all round experience on the day.
YGT understand what it organise a great golf trip. Their staff and packages are first class and I can't wait to get in touch for my next trip.