Sawgrass is a large scale gated community in Ponte Vedra, Florida, broken up into two main neighborhoods – Sawgrass Players Club and Sawgrass Country Club. The exclusive community is home to three country clubs showcasing four championship Golf courses, as well as the Sawgrass Beach Club.
Total Number of Residences – 1,409 in Sawgrass Country Club and 1,564 in TPC Sawgrass Players Club for a total of 2,973 (excluding Vicar’s Landing retirement apartment community.
Total Population – 4,942 as of 2000 census
Median Household Income – $80,932 as of 2000 census
Race / Ethnicity – 97.51% White, 0.49% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.
Many stores and restuarants surround and cater to residents in Sawgrass. One of the main shopping areas is Sawgrass Village Mall. Sawgrass Village is anchored by a Publix Grocery Store, and includes an ABC Liquor Store, CVS Pharmacy, a Chico’s clothing store, as well as several restaurants and quiet a few boutique stores. The property underwent a complete renovation in 2014 and 2015, and a modern upscale outdoor retail center is quickly emerging as the finest shopping strip in all of Ponte Vedra.
Public Schools Near Sawgrass
Alice B. Landrum Middle School
PV/PV – Rawlings Elementary School
Ponte Vedra High School
Private Schools near Sawgrass
4889 Palm Valley Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Sawgrass Players Club / TPC Sawgrass
The Sawgrass Players Club, commonly referred to as TPC Sawgrass by residents and locals, is located West of A1A. Sawgrass Players club spans over 1,200 Acres and is home to 16 individual subdivisions, offering single family homes, condominiums, patio homes and Vicars Landing retirement apartment community. The exclusive neighborhood is home to the PGA Tour Headquarters, as well as two country clubs showcasing three golf courses. Also inside The Players Club are several parks, a large playground a large community pool as well as several pools within individual subdivisions. Go here for complete details about TPC Sawgrass Players Club community.
Sawgrass Country Club
Sawgrass Country Club is a 1200 acre gated community that spans East of A1A to the Atlantic Ocean. The Sawgrass Country Club community is built around 27 holes of a picturesque Ed Seay designed championship golf course, split into three separate 9 hole courses. The community features all of the amenities you would expect from an oceanfront country club community, as well as the exclusive Sawgrass Beach Club. Including the Oceanfront properties inside Sawgrass Beach Club, Sawgrass Country Club has a total of 1409 residences including single family homes, patio homes, town homes, and condominiums ranging from the $200’s to over $2,000,000. Go here for complete details about Sawgrass Country Club.
Sawgrass Beach Club
The Sawgrass Beach Club is the exclusive security gated beach front Club for members and residents of Sawgrass Country Club. The community is situated along 1,600Ft. of unspoiled private Florida coastline, and features several oceanfrong condominium buildings and villas, as well as the Sawgrass Beach Club. The original Sawgrass Beach Club first opened in 1975 with a swimming pool and basic amenities. It was then remodeled in 1980 to include dining for 130 and lounge seating for an additional 70. It is currently undergoing another renovation to be completed in March 2016. Today, the 24,000 SqFt clubhouse boasts several dining options, as well as an Olympic size-plus family pool, a beach-side adults-only Oasis pool, showers and changing rooms.
History of Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Florida
The Stockton Family has a rich history in Northeast Florida dating back to the late 19th century. James Stockton Sr. was brought on to manage the development of an exclusive resort, the Ponte Vedra Club during the 1930’s. Stockton Sr. eventually purchased the Ponte Vedra Club in 1942 for $500,000. As the community north of Sawgrass slowly developed, the land for Sawgrass remained undisturbed for many years.
James Stockton Jr., also part of the family firm, left his father’s firm to form his own development company in 1966. At that time he purchased 600 acres of wilderness land on the west side of Ponte Vedra Boulevard and 1,600 feet of oceanfront land on the east side of the boulevard for the meager sum of $600,000. Another 500 – 600 acres West of the original parcel purchase was added shortly thereafter, and in 1971 Stockton Properties was created with the idea of developing Sawgrass Country Club (East of A1A).
In 1972, Stockton and his development firm broke ground on the 1,100-acre Sawgrass Country Club development. The next year, developers Paul and Jerome Fletcher bought 5,300 acres west of AlA from Land Corporation of America. The property included an 18-hole golf course as well as an an apartment complex, both called Thousand Oaks. When the Fletchers submitted a development plan for the huge parcel in the mid-70s, it called for 14,000 modular homes. The Caballos Del Mar Development of Regional Impact was one of the earliest large scale planned communities in the State of Florida. The first homes, along with the existing club and golf course, were known as Innlet Beach. Eventually, Innlet Beach became part of the Oakbridge community and The Thousand Oaks golf course eventually became Oakbridge, and is now part of the Ponte Vedra Golf and Country Club inside the Players Club.
Around the same time the Fletchers purchased the land West of A1A, Deane Beman, the Commissioner of the PGA Professional Golf Tour, was looking for a permanent home for the Tournament Players Championship (TPC). In an attempt to bring positive attention to the area, Sawgrass developers offered a 400-acre tract of land to Deane for only $1. He couldn’t refuse this One Dollar Deal, and Sawgrass became the home of the Tournament Players Championship and the headquarters for the PGA Tour. This same parcel is also home to the Stadium Course, which is the site of The Players Championship golf tournament held every spring.
The 1979 completion of J. Turner Butler Boulevard linked Ponte Vedra to Jacksonville, and opened the area to quickly develop. The massive Caballos Del Mar development was split in 1980, when 1,300 acres was sold to Arvida Corp. The name Sawgrass, acquired by Arvida when it bought Stockton’s development from a banking group in 1977, became part of the new community, as well as Marsh Landing, the 1,200 acres the Fletchers kept and developed.
Arvida developed the parcel as a private access community, building what is now PGA TOUR Boulevard and adding security gates at Solana Road (in front of Marsh Landing entrance) and the southern entrance on AIA.
Sawgrass Village shopping center, located near the southern entrance to Players Club off A1A, opened in 1984. Three years later, the Marriott at Sawgrass Resort opened in the shadow of the PGA TOUR headquarters, which relocated from Washington, D.C., in 1979. In recent years, the Marriott has expanded to include a spa, ballroom and additional conference center and meeting rooms. Sawgrass Village underwent a major renovation in 2015 and is home to many retailers and restaurants and also includes a Hilton Garden Inn.
TPC Sawgrass opened for play in 1980 and in November 2006 also completed a major renovation. The club features the Pete Dye/Bobby Weed-designed Valley Course as well as the the state-of-the-art Tour Academy teaching facility. Travel + Leisure Golf’s recently named the TPC the number 1 rated golf course in Florida and also had accolades for the nearby Marriott Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, which was ranked as the top golf hotel in Florida.