Welcome to Ponte Vedra Beach
Just 18 miles south of downtown Jacksonville lies Ponte Vedra Beach. Its name is synonymous with golf with the headquarters of the PGA Tour and The Players at TPC Sawgrass. But do not forget that beach is part of the name too. Miles of beach allows its residents and visitors numerous activities to enjoy its natural beauty from walking, jogging, biking, collecting shells and shark teeth, swimming, surfing as well as just relaxing. The beach can be accessed from numerous public spots such as Mickler's Landing as well as private clubs- The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, The Lodge and Club, The Cabana Club and the Plantation Beach Club. Ponte Vedra also has many miles of fresh water streams, creeks and lagoons. If boating and fishing are your passion, the Intracoastal Waterway allows access to the Atlantic Ocean.
Ponte Vedra was originally known as Mineral City. In the early 1900's, minerals such as titanium, zircon and rutile were discovered and Mineral City grew up around the mining operation. The minerals were recovered from the sands by Buckman and Pritchard which was later bought out by The National Lead Company in 1921. After demand for minerals dropped after World War I, they began to develop Mineral City to be similar to The Cloister at Sea Island with a 9 hole golf course and a 12 room clubhouse.
In 1972, real estate developers broke ground on the 1,000 acre Sawgrass development. In the mid 1970's, Deane Beman, the PGA Tour Commissioner, was looking for a permanent home for the Tournament Players Championship. Many places were being considered but Paul Fletcher offered a 400 acre tract of land in Sawgrass for sale to Beman for $1!
Who could refuse 400 acres for $1? The deal sealed the future headquarters of the PGA Tour and the future home of The Players. The Sawgrass Stadium Course has been the permanent home of The Players since 1982.
I have been a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach since 1988. I have seen this community change from a small beach south of Jacksonville Beach to the diverse community we see today. Don't you want to call Ponte Vedra your home too.