On our other dampfang.com title, Jacksonville Fine Dining Examiner, we write extensively about local restaurants. This article provides the opportunity to combine both golf and food simultaneously. Jacksonville is known for its excellent golf courses like Ponte Vedra Golf Club and the famous TPC Sawgrass. What many may not know is that these courses offer some wonderful dining options that work great after a long day on the links.
1. Nineteen @ TPC Sawgrass-The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is well-known throughout the world for its famous 17th hole dubbed the “Island Green.” We had the opportunity to play this course once and it was a struggle…to say the least. This is a very challenging golf course. A true ball-striker’s paradise, the Stadium Course is long with tight fairways and relatively small greens. If the Stadium Course doesn’t suit your game then you may want to try the also challenging Valley Course, which was designed by Pete Dye.
After playing these challenging courses, golfers can find fine dining at Nineteen. This restaurant is located inside the newly constructed TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. In recent date, Nineteen has been featured in Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 25 restaurants list and received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Nineteen serves breakfast from 7am-10:30am, lunch until 3pm, and dinner runs until 9pm. Our understanding is that you don’t have to be a member to dine here. Just remember to make a reservation at (904)273-3238. You may want to try the porcini crusted tornedos of beef, which includes eight, three ounce beef medallions with porcini powder and veal demi glace.
2. Seafoam Room @ Ponte Vedra Club-The height of fine dining and golf can be found at Ponte Vedra Club. Unfortunately, the club and restaurant facilities at Ponte Vedra Club are not open to the public. Rather, diners must be either a member of the club or staying at the hotel to experience the food and golf.
As for the golf course, all we can say is that it’s in good shape and there’s a lot of water in play. For food, there are numerous options but the Seafoam Room is the most upscale of the lot. The restaurant is small and it’s located nearby a more casual dining area. Seafoam Room requires that men wear jackets and suggests they wear ties.
3. 619 Ocean View @ Sawgrass Marriott-We’ve written multiple articles regarding 619 Ocean View on Jacksonville Fine Dining Examiner. This restaurant offers some of the very best food service in Ponte Vedra and a very prompt valet. The restaurant itself is located in the Sawgrass Marriott Cabana Club–a classy club, which is located directly on the beach with excellent pool facilities.
Staying at the Sawgrass Marriott also puts you in a great location for golf. TPC Sawgrass and Ponte Vedra are extremely close. However, if you want a more affordable golf course, you may want to try Jacksonville Beach Golf Club. This course has a nice layout and the price is right. However, the condition of the course is less than stellar during our most recent round.