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PGA TOUR returns to Silverado

What if a PGA tour pro had a golf resort?

You’d walk from your room to the first tee and play a challenging course with beautifully maintained greens that roll pure and true. After your round, you’d enjoy a gourmet meal paired with a Napa Valley wine.

Morning fog at Silverado

If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, top NBC golf analyst and Silverado co-owner Johnny Miller has got your number. Golf Week voted Napa’s Silverado Resort and Spa  as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses.”  Non-golfers won’t be bored either. Silverado was named one of the top 50 tennis resorts by Tennis Magazine and Best Spa by About.com readers.

Silverado Patio Terrace

Robert Trent Jones designed the North course, renovated in 2011 by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Johnny Miller. The par-72 layout plays 7,226 yards from the tournament tees.

No strangers to wine country, both the PGA and Champions Tour have played a combined 28 tournaments at Silverado. Returning to Napa for the first time since 1980, The PGA Tour played The Frys.com Open at Silverado  in 2014 and 2015.

Safeway became the title sponsor in 2016 and the Safeway Open marks the highly anticipated return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf.  Emiliano Grillo, who won in his 2015 PGA Tour rookie début at Silverado, returns to defend his title.

Great spots on the course to view the action

  • The 13th Tee allows you to see 13th Tee, 6th Tee and 12th Green.
  • The 8th Green allows you to also see the 9th Tee Box.

Check out Johnny Miller’s winning clubs on display in the pro shop lobby.

Johnny Miller’s Golf Bags

 

Travel Planner

Safeway Open October 10-16, 2016

Silverado Resort and Spa     1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa CA   707-257-0200

The Players Championship

When The Players Championship first moved to Ponte Vedra in 1982, Pete Dye’s Stadium course wasn’t an instant hit with the players. When then asked if  TPC Sawgrass suited his playing style, Jack Nicklaus quipped,

“No, I’ve never been very good at stopping a 5-iron on the hood of a car.”

Dye returned to tweak the course, softening the rock hard and lightning fast greens and replacing several bunkers. After the changes, TPC Sawgrass became far more playable.

Every May, the best golfers in the world return to Ponte Vedra Beach for The Players Championship, now considered the unofficial 5th major by golf writers and players alike.

Memorable moments from The Players include Rickie Fowler’s three birdies on 17 for his first Players win in 2015, Hal Sutton’s “Be the right club today” 6 iron into the eighteenth for a 1 shot win over Tiger Woods in 2000 and Tiger Woods “Better than most” 60-foot putt on the island green at 17 for his first Players title in 2001.

If you’re hungry, stop by Nineteen in the clubhouse for lunch.  And don’t miss seeing the Champions clubs. Every year since the inaugural Players Championship in 1974, the TPC Champion has donated a  club from their winning bag to a collection on permanent display in the TPC clubhouse.

Where to Stay

If you want to watch the PGA Tour tee it up at The Players, stay where the pros do, at the updated Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.  

Lobby of Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

The lobby provides a beautiful and expansive golf course vista with indoor /outdoor bar seating. You can even see the 13th tee box of the TPC Stadium course from the hotel.

Mini 17th island green at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Sawgrass Marriott has created a mini-replica of the 17th hole at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for guests to test their game. While only 65 yards away, if you can land a ball on this postage size green, you belong on the PGA tour.

Open for both breakfast and dinner, the Marriott’s signature restaurant, Vernon’s specializes in innovative dishes with a local flair. The many breakfast buffet options include a custom omelette station.

There’s also an onsite spa and a private beach club to relax on Florida’s Northeast sandy coast. The restaurant 619 Ocean View at the beach club is a short shuttle away from the hotel. The hotel also offers guests a complimentary shuttle to the TPC Valley and Stadium course. If you like, you can have your clubs sent over from the hotel.

If golfing TPC Sawgrass is on your bucket list, please note the course is closed for prep one month prior to the tournament.

THE PLAYERS Championship
May 9-14th, 2017
TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida