Valentine's day deal for golfers

TPC Sawgrass and Sawgrass Marriott Resort offer golfers the chance to "Play Before The Players Play" at Northeast Florida’s top golf and spa destination.

This year, golfers who "Play Before The Players Play" get a shot to sink a putt on the famed 17th hole before any of the PGA TOUR players have the chance during THE PLAYERS FedEx Cup on May 3-9.

Packages are available for stay-and-play now through April 11 with rates from $303 per night, per golfer, based on double occupancy. Included in that rate are three-nights accommodations at Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa (http://www.sawgrassmarriott.com); two rounds of golf on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (forecaddie included); one round on Dye’s Valley Course; practice balls and a TPC Sawgrass welcome gift.

Personal forecaddies included in each round help golfers closely replicate the experience of being a professional golfer at THE PLAYERS by bringing them into the history and heritage of TPC Sawgrass and providing all the traditional services.

"Play Where the Players Play" golfers warm up with a round on Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, the "Cinderella" course, often lost in the shadows of its more famous sister. Shorter in length, but just as challenging and compelling, the par-72, 6,092-yard Dye’s Valley was named among Golf Magazines’s “Top 10 PGA Courses You Can Play.”

Year round, TPC Sawgrass guests are invited to experience the courses, the renowned TOUR Academy practice facility and the club’s magnificent 77,000 square-foot Mediterranean Revival style clubhouse featuring an array of upscale dining and hospitality amenities.

Named among the “Top 75 Best Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest, the Sawgrass Golf Resort is situated along the Atlantic Coast between Jacksonville and historic St. Augustine. The resorts features a 25,000 square-foot Spa at Sawgrass, four resort swimming pools and access to 26 miles of Atlantic beach at the Cabana Club.

To book the "Play Before The Players Play" or other packages at TPC Sawgrass, call PGA TOUR Experiences at 888-421-8555 or visit http://www.pgatourexperiences.com

The driving distance from Atlanta to Jacksonville is about 310 miles, or a solid six hours by car.

Alternatively, travel to Jacksonville on frequent nonstop flights on AirTran or Delta at sale rates from $69 (watch for a new AirTran sale this week; http://www.airtran.com).

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