Trucks on 10
Located between No. 10 fairway, No. 11 fairway and No. 15 green, this public venue offers flavors from local, favorite food trucks, an upgraded restroom and an open-air, centrally-located Michelob ULTRA Mobile bar. Trucks on 10 will offer seating for fans and include great-tasting food from local trucks:
- Mama’s Food
- Up In Smoke BBQ
- Cely's Filipino Food
- BUBBA Burger
- Pele's Wood Fire
Taste of JAX
Located between 11 green and 12 tee, this public venue offers flavors from local, favorite restaurants, a Bacardi® open-air bar, permanent restrooms and video boards to keep up with the tournament. In 2016, Taste of JAX will expand the patio, offer more seating and add two new local restaurants. Taste of JAX restaurants include:
- Brucci's Pizza - You’ll find authentic Italian here; owned by the son of Italian immigrants, Brucci’s dishes were born from traditional recipes.
- Hawker's Asian Street Fare - Located in Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, Orlando and St. Petersburg, they select the best “street food” recipes from Asia.
- Mojo Kitchen - Located in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Fleming Island and Gainesville, this Jacksonville chain brings barbeque specialties from all over the country giving them a Mojo spin.
- Candy Apple Café - French and Southern fusion utilizing fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Tacos on 12
TacoLu returns to The Players 2017. Jacksonville's most popular Baja Mexicana will be serving guests its renowned food and beverages at the public venue nestled between the 11th tee, 12th green and the 13th tee. Tacos on 12 includes seating and plenty of shaded areas to catch a break from the action on the course.
The Food Court is a public venue with some of the most popular local food and beverages available to purchase.
- Bono's Pit Bar-B-Q
- Trasca and Co. Eatery
- Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Other Dining Options
BUBBA Burgers will be served throughout the course as an added fan enhancement. BUBBA Foods has partnered with events and venues across the country and is proud to be a part of THE PLAYERS 2016.
To help keep fans hydrated, THE PLAYERS has “Mobile Refreshment Centers.” Eight carts will roam the golf course in high-traffic locations, selling water, soda and beer to fans as they follow along watching their favorite players. From gate opening to 11:30 a.m., spectators can purchase GREY GOOSE® Bloody Marys inside the Couples and Nicklaus gate entrances. This convenience allows fans to grab a drink or a quick snack and not miss a minute of the action.
Fans are reminded that chilled, filtered drinking water is available in the permanent restrooms near The Patio, behind the 16th green and 17th tee, Taste of JAX and Wine & Dine on 9; so keep that bottle and refill it as many times as you’d like as a way to stay hydrated and save money at THE PLAYERS.
Fans are encouraged to use their MasterCard® and to save 10 percent at on-course concessions.
Best places to cool off
The Players Club
A private hospitality and hosting experience with private space on-site in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, on 17 tee and 18 green. This venue is like no other venue on the course or in the sport. This high-end, all-inclusive venue includes:
- Food from top chefs in the country
- Top-shelf cocktails prepared by award-winning bartenders
- An exclusive selection of The Players gear in the transformed golf shop
- Exquisite views on course of 17th tee and 18th green
- A $500 merchandise gift card
- The Golf Shop will feature private, custom fittings from luxury brands, authentic memorabilia and collections available only in the clubhouse Golf Shop during tournament week.
The Players Club tickets cost $5,000 per person and are purchased on a weekly ticket basis – each weekly ticket consisting of individually issued tickets by tournament day and include a ticket Tuesday-Sunday. Tickets can be transferred each day to another individual.
The Benefactor is perfectly situated behind the tee box of the world famous 17th hole at The Players Stadium Course and has sold out since 2012. This 10,800-square-foot climate-controlled venue has a 2,200-square-foot patio and allows spectators access to The Benefactor, The Turn and Tournament Grounds. There are upscale food and premium bar options available for purchase and private restroom facilities.
Wine Lounge presented by William Hill Estate
William Hill Estate is the official wine of the PGA TOUR. The Wine Lounge presented by William Hill Estate, open to the public, is a stylish and contemporary recreation of William Hill Estate’s Napa Valley tasting room, complete with tables and seating. With intimate views of the challenging par-3 8th hole, the Lounge gives guests the chance to sample wines while watching the world’s best golfers play on the purest test in golf. We are pouring many of the extraordinary William Hill Estate wines at The Wine Lounge, including the Napa Valley Chardonnay, North Coast Chardonnay, North Coast Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast Merlot and Central Coast Pinot Noir. Visit the Wine Lounge presented by William Hill Estate on the 8th Green to sample them all and find your favorite!
Wine & Dine on 9
Fans can enjoy gourmet small plates prepared by Vernon’s, Sawgrass Marriott’s signature restaurant, in a beautiful garden setting, taking in THE PLAYERS surroundings in style. And what’s a gourmet meal without a glass of wine? Wine & Dine on 9 features high-end varietals from William Hill Estate Winery. New in 2016, we have doubled the seating area in Wine & Dine on 9. Located left of 9 fairway, there are also permanent restrooms next to Wine & Dine on 9.
Open to the public (must be 21+), The Oasis features signature cocktails made with GREY GOOSE® Vodka, the official vodka of the PGA TOUR. Located between 9 and 18 tee boxes, The Oasis debuted in 2012 to expand on what had been a basic – but popular – concession area in the past. The area features an air-conditioned venue, where signature cocktails food and drink are available for purchase. The Oasis boasts a rear deck for prime views of No. 9 tee.
A fan favorite since it debuted in 2011, The Patio offers a shaded fan zone that includes open-air seating, a videoboard to keep up with the tournament and food and beverage available for purchase. The Patio also features permanent restroom facilities, includes the Michelob ULTRA Bar and a social media board covering THE PLAYERS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. The Patio is located between 10 tee and 18 green/16 tee.
Stadium Village and PwC’s First Tee Challenge
Located behind No. 18 green close to the Clubhouse, the Stadium Village is an air-conditioned public fan zone that features a centrally located bar, open table seating, luxury restrooms and the PwC’s First Tee Challenge – a replica of the famed 17th hole where fans can take two free shots at the Island Green or purchase an additional chance for a $5 donation to The First Tee of North Florida.
Fans can make a $20 donation (or more) for a “First Tee Fast Pass” to bypass the queue, take five shots and receive a free sleeve of golf balls. All proceeds will benefit The First Tee of North Florida.
Best places for autographs and celebrity sightings
Autograph Zones are located in two specific places:
- Main player practice grounds/driving range
- Scoring area behind 18 green
Autographs are not allowed on course during practice days and tournament competition days, but The Players has designated these “Autograph Zones” on course to allow fans the opportunity to meet their favorite players and get that coveted signature. PGA TOUR players have been asked to spend time in the two designated autograph zones before and/or after play to sign autographs for fans. These zones allow more interaction between players and fans.
The autograph zones are marked with signage for fans and players and are also listed on the course map. There is a “kid corner” within the autograph zones designated specifically for youth. These areas allow youth the opportunity to get close to their favorite players for a signature. The “kid corner” has been expanded for 2016.
Best family-friendly venues
The Welcome Experience
THE PLAYERS has upgraded the main entryway experience for fans as they arrive through the Nicklaus Gate from general parking. The Welcome Experience features activities for the whole family, including:
The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation Kid Zone
The Kid Zone will have an enclosed air-conditioned area featuring the Nickelodeon Experience. Score a hole-in-one at the Kid Zone, an interactive destination for kids & families attending The Players. Come show off your golf skills at the SpongeBob Square Pants mini-golf challenge and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Puttskee, get virtually slimed, meet Sponge Bob, and more. Parents are required to stay with their children, but allows parents the ability to take a break and relax in the shade while the kids have some fun. There won’t be any “quiet please” signs in this area.
The Imagination Playground is an innovative playground equipment system that transforms any space into a play space, encouraging learning, social development and movement, and is fun for kids of all ages. Access to the Imagination Playground is free for all ticketholders.
For grab-and-go food and drink options.
The Shop at Nicklaus Gate
The Shop at Nicklaus Gate is a great place to gear up for The Players and buy those 2016-specific items that won’t last long once the crowds arrive. Expanded for 2016, this 17,200-square-foot tent, located near the Nicklaus Gate entrance is an event shopping experience that features 16 of the top brands in golf. The Shop at Nicklaus Gate features a limited edition Players section, extensive headwear section and a pink section for Championship Sunday’s Pink Out. Fans can save 10 percent at The Shop by using their MasterCard.
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