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The Players Championship is returning to TPC Sawgrass March 8-13. Golf enthusiasts will be there in force to cheer on their favorite pros and soak in the scene at the stately TPC country club. But the Players also draws many golf noobs and for good reason. Here are three reasons you should consider going even if you aren’t a golf fan.

The Course Was Designed for Viewing.

TPC Sawgrass is the only course in the country that was designed and built for a pro tournament, and, more importantly, for the best possible viewing experience. They don’t call it the Stadium Course for nothing. You can stake out a spot near a hole or tee and watch the pros come through, comparing their approaches, or follow a player around the course tracking their highs and lows. It’s a much better experience than watching on TV by far.

The Club is Flat-Out Gorgeous.

You cannot help but be impressed by the stately 77,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse that anchors this beautiful golf club. Wander the expansive gallery, schmooze on the stately veranda, and be sure to check out the award winning pro shop. Unlike most tour sites, this opulence was designed for public use, so you may find yourself wanting to return after the event for a leisurely meal at one of the club’s restaurants.

The Food Is Not an Afterthought

As the ultimate fan experience, the tournament directors have elevated the food and beverage scene well beyond the usual snack stands. Food vendors are placed throughout the course and some of the best restaurants in the Jacksonville area have booths or trucks to fortify the fans. Go upscale with lobster and Champagne on the 11th green, or head to “Trucks on 10” for down-home fare. This is not your typical hot dog-and-bottled water event.

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