The TPC Sawgrass clubhouse holds generations of lore about THE PLAYERS Championship, with almost every inch of the Mediterranean-style building’s interior paying homage to notable tournament moments through art or artifacts. Without the benefit of experiencing history in the making, understanding the gravity of that archive is nearly impossible. Enter—TPC Sawgrass volunteer storytellers
Everyday two to four storytellers give free tours of the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse and the surrounding golf course including a trip to the No. 17 island green. Recognized by their red sport-coats, this army of 52 men and women know the history of THE PLAYERS and the TPC Sawgrass like Tiger Woods knows how to swing a golf club, they could do it blindfolded.
Paul Larson, 79, has been the head storyteller since the clubhouse opened in 2007. He took on the job because he enjoys working with the golf public. All the storytellers share an enthusiasm for golf and the local community. The storytellers donate their tips to a different charity every year, with an annual gift of more than $10,000 going to groups like the United Service Organizations.
Tour reservations are not required, except for large groups. Storytellers meet in the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse lobby Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During THE PLAYERS, clubhouse entry requires a ticket.