Friday deals: A winter special at world-famous TPC Sawgrass

TPC Sawgrass' famous island-green 17th hole can be attacked this winter on a great package deal.

When I’m not playing golf on the road for VISIT FLORIDA, I’m teeing it up at TPC Sawgrass, my home course.

During the winter and spring months I often play with tourists, and in talking to them about their vacations, many will say they’re on a stay-and-play at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa.

It’s the best way to take in the world-famous Stadium Course, home of the PGA Tour's PLAYERS Championship, and anyone itching to get to Ponte Vedra Beach soon may want to jump on TPC Sawgrass’ latest deal.

From Nov. 22-Jan. 31, 2013, TPC Sawgrass has a winter special of two nights at the Sawgrass Marriott and two rounds (on the Stadium Course and Dye’s Valley Course, an underrated gem) that includes a free third night at the hotel and a free arrival round (after 2 p.m.) on Dye’s Valley. A TPC Sawgrass welcome gift is included.

Rates start at $599 for a standard room, villas are extra and weekend golf surcharges may apply. Guests must arrive before Jan. 28.

Considering a la carte golf at both courses would total more than $500, this is a great deal. A number of tee times are blocked every day for Sawgrass Marriott guests, so these deals are the best path onto the fairways at TPC Sawgrass.

For more information, call 866-605-3544 or visit Book sooner than later if you’re interested; these packages sell quickly. Maybe I’ll see you on the course.

More deals

MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando, a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course, can be played for $35 (cart included) on October weekdays, a savings of $20. Find it by booking through the course's website.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, featuring Naples' first 18-hole golf course and the only resort in town with the golf course on-site, on the beach, has a buy two nights-get one free special from Oct. 21-31. For more information or for reservations, call 800-237-7600 or 239-261-2222 and ask for the “3rd Night Free Promotion.”

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples has a special running through the end of the year at the hotel and on-site Greg Norman-designed Tiburon Golf Club. Packages start at $239 per night and include accommodations, one round at Tiburon including cart, club storage and tax, unlimited same-day golf (through Oct. 31) and complimentary TaylorMade club rental. For questions, call the Ritz-Carlton’s golf department at 239-254-3340.

World Woods Golf Club, some 60 miles north of Tampa in Brooksville, has deals on villas in October starting at $79 per person, based on quad occupancy between Sunday and Wednesday nights. The two-day, one-night golf package includes two rounds, range balls and a package lunch. A full non-refundable payment is due at the time of booking. Call Susan Burkel at 352-796-5500 ext. 22 to make reservations.

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club in St. Augustine is offering a coupon book with $500 in savings for visitors through Dec. 30. Discounts can be used at the World Golf Hall of Fame, PGA Tour Golf Academy and Tour Stop store, plus on food, merchandise and club rentals at the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire golf courses. Call 888-740-7020 or visit the resort’s website for more information and special hotel rates for October and November.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is offering "The Raven Experience" featuring two rounds of golf including one on its acclaimed Raven course. Among the extras in the package are free day-of-play replay rounds. Packages start at $165 per person, per night, through Oct. 31. Call 855-240-3515 and mention code "DM4GLF."

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