It is time again for the Players Championship golf tournament, May 7-13, 2012. This tournament is one of the biggest events of the year, both for the PGA, and the North Florida / South Georgia areas. Originally known as the Tournament Players Championship, the inaugural event in 1974 was played at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, Georgia before moving to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas in 1975. In 1976 it moved to the Inverrary Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Beginning in 1977, the event relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, first being played at Sawgrass Country Club’s Oceanside Course. Since 1982, it has been played across the road from Sawgrass Country Club, on the Stadium Course at the “Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass” (usually referred to as the TPC at Sawgrass).
The Players Championship offers the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf, with the 2012 purse being $9,500,000. The Players Championship is sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Major,” but it does not have official major status. The field usually includes the top 50 golfers in the world rankings, but unlike the three majors which are staged in the United States, it does not count as an official event on the European Tour. The winner receives a fixed allocation of 80 points towards his Official World Golf Ranking, which is the most allocated to any event apart from the majors, in which winners earn 100 points. For comparison, the winners of the three individual World Golf Championships held during the PGA Tour regular season generally receive between 70 and 78 points. The winner of the Players Championship also receives a 5-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a three-year invitation to the Masters Tournament, three-year exemptions for The Open Championship and for the U.S. Open, and an exemption to the PGA Championship for that year.
The Players Championship is best known for what may be the single most recognizable par 3 in professional golf. The Stadium Course’s 17th hole, known to golf fans worldwide as “the Island Green”, has become TPC Sawgrass’ signature hole. The final three holes are considered one of the toughest finishes in golf.
Maronda homeowners have long enjoyed the proximity of this tournament to many of its communities around the North Florida and South Georgia areas. This tournament, and many other prestigious golf courses, make the North Florida area a great golfing destination. Maronda Homes has been building its signature reinforced concrete block homes in Florida since 1972 and in the Jacksonville area since the early 1990’s. Most of Maronda’s communities are located convenient to the interstate, so getting to the TPC is a breeze.
Maronda Homes offers it’s buyers an “Easily Observable Better Value” than its competitors. Since most other builder’s in the area use wood frame construction in their homes, Maronda’s homes provide superior resistance to storms and insect damage, while delivering better energy efficiency as a bonus. Many of their homes have been updated and redesigned to take advantage of the latest home design trends and cutting edge building materials. Stop by one of their decorated models today and see what Maronda has to offer….and do not forget to enjoy the world-class golf North Florida has to offer.