Five Reasons to Put International Players Championship Week on the Bucket List


As home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, THE PLAYERS, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, Northeast Florida, known as Florida’s First Coast (FFCG), offers some of the world´s finest and most impressive golf courses. Most courses were designed by some of the biggest names in golf – Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Fazio, Donald Ross, Arthur Hills, Gary Player, Pete Dye…and the list goes on.

Not surprising that FFCG has earned the recognition as the Sunshine State´s prime golf destination. A wide variety of accommodations will suit your taste, your budget and your style. Easily accessible, a fabulous climate with plenty of sunshine and with lots to do and to discover in addition to golf, this diverse destination is well worth visiting any time of the year.

There is, however, one unique week in May that should be on the bucket list of any golfer – THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WEEK.

These are the 5 main reasons WHY:


PLAYERS TOURNY SUNDAY HOLE 17_1THE PLAYERS Championship at famed TPC Sawgrass, recognized as the “5th MAJOR” , boasts not only the strongest field but also the biggest purse on the PGA TOUR.

Walk the course with Tiger, Rory, Sergio & Martin and cheer for your favorite player on TOUR in the game’s greatest stadium. There is no other tournament on the PGA TOUR where you can get that close to the stars.

Wet or Dry, Bet & Win! TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach is also home to the most famous hole in golf. Although just 137 yards long, approximately 11% of all balls are lost in the water surrounding this notorious hole during the PLAYERS Championship. According to, Lefty has plunked seven in the drink surrounding the peninsula green, while Tiger has only rinsed a measly three since 2003.

Witness and experience this kind of drama in person at the most-photographed hole in the world, guaranteeing life-lasting memories.


The 75-mile stretch of FFCG beautiful coast line boasts more than 1000 superb golf holes and unlimited opportunities for the golf traveler. But quantity doesn’t come at the expense of quality. The game’s rich history and impressive golf Slammer & Squire GC aerial viewcourse developments provide an abundant selection of outstanding layouts in different terrain. Playing partners from all around the world will add to the uniqueness of this week.

Tee-it up on top-ranked courses including King & Bear GC, the world´s only Nicklaus& Palmer co-designed golf course.

Fun golf challenges and exciting Hole-In-One contests as well as the multi-national flair will add to your golfing pleasures.

Make new friends and don´t miss the opportunity to win a VIP trip for two people to the Masters 2016!


COLOMBIAN LADIESTHE 5th International PLAYERS Championship powered by Florida´s Firs Coast of Golf is traditionally run at King & Bear Golf Club on the last day of the week.

Who will be crowned THE PLAYERS Amateur Champion 2015? “We are expecting a record field in 2015. ”Tour operators have signed up their clients from as far as New Zealand” says Paul Clare, CEO of Elite Golf Experiences®, who has been successfully running this multi-national PLAYERS week since 2011. “I have sent several groups and numerous repeat clients to this special week and everybody has always had a fantastic time” compliments Fernando Copete, Astro Tours Colombia, who has escorted groups from year 1.  Who will receive the Honorary Award for outstanding performances in 2015?


St AugustineThe stretch from Jacksonville to St. Augustine boasts numerous attractions. Learn more about the legends of golf through the world-renowned World Golf Hall of Fame! Step-back in time in America´s oldest city St. Augustine and discover its rich history. Experience Jacksonville´s vibrant nightlife! Shop till you drop – from artisan-crafted creations in unique shops in the historic district to the latest designer clothes at the outlet malls. A shopping excursion in this sensational shopping paradise will lead you to discover numerous treasures! Beautiful sandy beaches invite for relaxation after your round of golf, a wide range of excellent restaurant options will send your taste buds to nirvana. You’re spoilt for choice!

In this unique International PLAYERS Week, everything can be perfectly combined and coordinated with any golf program. Besides your accompanying non-golfing partner will never have a dull moment either!

Attend the private guided Tours to the World Golf Hall of Fame and St. Augustine! Take advantage of discount coupons exclusively produced for each participant.


Golf at its Finest, Wow! Experiences and Life at its Best – all at a keen deal! “Value for money” is definitely one of the most overused terms in today´s world but it is certainly true for this week. In these rough times, you want to get more for your bucks, don´t you?

So get this unbelievable International PLAYERS Week Experience for less than the price of one Masters Badge! Interested in more detailed info on this year´s 5th INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS Championship WEEK – spiced with more highlights than ever before; May 6-13, 2015, Florida? Excited to experience the crown jewel of the PGA TOUR at TPC Sawgrass first hand?

Ready to enjoy Golf at its Finest, Wow! Experiences and Life at its Best at Florida´s First Coast of Golf – all at a keen deal!

Experience the excitement, enjoy memories for a life-time!


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ABOUT: Evelyn Gruber

Evelyn has passionately dedicated her life to serve the global golf tourism industry. She has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and built an amazing global network within this vertical in the past 26 years. The Austrian native founded her first golf travel business in the mid 90's. By implementing an innovative shop-in-shop concept with Europe´s leading golf store, Evelyn was able to grow her business into Austria´s largest golf tour operator before selling it in 2008. Since then, this passionate visionary has continued to work in golf tourism, albeit more on the consulting and coaching side to assist public and private tourism sectors succeed in the lucrative golf niche. This niche is the most profitable one as golfers spend 2.5. times as much as leisure tourists. In addition, it trumps with strong ancillary benefits and has proven to be the most resilient and sustainable vertical in crisis. On top of everything else, numbers of golfers - including youth golf - have been increasing significantly during the current pandemic. As a truly global citizen, Evelyn calls Europe, the US and Asia her home, as she has been commuting between these three continents for the past 15 years. This has helped her tremendously to develop a unique global understanding of the geopolitical business dynamics as well as the macro and micro-environment in the various markets, which she applies effectively when boosting international tourist arrivals & tourism spending for destinations. The Austrian is most likely one of the best traveled living golfers in Europe, having played more than 2000 courses in 89 countries in Europe, Australia, North America, Africa and Asia, including most of Golf Digest´s Top 100 Ballot Courses outside the US and Rolex 1000 Ballot Courses worldwide. Considered a leading expert in her field, Evelyn has also stayed in 1000s of hotels, and worked successfully with both private & public sector in global golf tourism. She understands the USP and value propositions of destinations and knows how to smartly communicate those to the most valuable target audiences in select key markets. Evelyn has a Masters degree in Sports Management, English & Business Administration and holds two diplomas for International Marketing from Harvard Business School. She still dedicates 3 hours a day to grow her skill-set and raise her standards. A strong background combined with expertise & connectivity is fundamental for success. It is, however, Evelyn´s dedication & passion that make her approach unrivaled. You will quickly notice that Golf Tourism is in her blood!

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