Tommy and Anne Roy are NBC’s husband and wife team that will showcase Ponte Vedra Beach and the First Coast on international television during THE PLAYERS Championship. Tommy is the Golf Producer for NBC Sports and Anne works with Tommy during THE PLAYERS Championship as a stage manager. They graciously opened up their home to First Coast magazine to share their family story with us and tell us how they came to call Ponte Vedra Beach home and why it’s the perfect place for them.
Their story begins in the late 1980s with Tommy, fresh out of University of Arizona, and Anne, a new graduate of Notre Dame. They both landed entry-level positions with NBC in New York City, where they met. They married in 1990 and both worked their way up the ranks in the television production world. Over the years, Tommy has been the producer or executive producer of some of the world’s most watched sporting events, including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the BCS Championship game, the Kentucky Derby, the Daytona 500, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup. His accomplishments have earned him 29 Emmy Awards. Anne has won five Emmy Awards in her own right. Her favorites are features with Ahmad Rashad during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. They are the quintessential powerhouse couple of the sports production world.
A Myriad of Reasons to Choose the First Coast
For almost two decades, the Roys lived in the New York City vicinity and Connecticut while working in New York City. They began their family there, raising two children, Billy and Kelly. One of Tommy’s repeat productions was THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. With every visit, they began to love the First Coast and started to vacation there as well.
In 2004, Tommy became the Golf Producer for NBC Sports. It was no longer necessary for him to work in New York City, and they were ready to leave the cold winters and long commutes behind. The Roys could have chosen to live just about anywhere, but the First Coast seemed to be the right fit for them. Anne listed a myriad of reasons why they were drawn here. She loves the beach, the children loved vacationing here, the First Coast still has four seasons and they already had friends living in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tommy also cited that the PGA TOUR Headquarters are here, which makes it convenient for the many meetings he attends there. In addition, there are eight golf events each year that are within driving distance of the First Coast, making travel less of an issue.
Tommy scouted out homes first and then Anne came down to see the top eight homes he had chosen. Her favorite neighborhood was Marsh Landing. Their friends lived there and she loved the lush landscaping mix of oak and palm trees. Ponte Vedra Beach’s school district also impressed her. Billy and Kelly were in the third and fourth grade at the time and would attend Ponte Vedra Palm Valley/Rawlings Elementary.
They have now lived in their Marsh Landing home for 10 years. Their children grew up there and Ponte Vedra Beach is home. Anne is now the talent coordinator for the WJXT Channel 4 Morning Show, and Tommy is still the Golf Producer for NBC.
Tommy has also now found one more reason to love the First Coast. He has come to find that not only are the tournaments within driving distance easier to get to, but those that he has to fly to are as well. Even though he usually has a layover when flying out of Jacksonville International Airport, his total travel time is less consuming and less stressful. His drive time to the airport is 30 minutes as compared to the hour plus drive to New York’s LaGuardia or JFK airports. And when he returns home, his luggage usually beats him to the carousel and his car is parked close by. He’s home in no time at all.
A Golf Themed Home
The Roy’s beautiful home is open and airy. When you enter their home, you are welcomed with a comfortable seating area next to a one-of-a-kind display case. The bookends of the display case are two wooden lockers. One with Tiger Woods’ name plate and the other with Fred Couples’ name plate. These were salvaged during the renovation of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. Next to the display case is a gumball machine full of golf balls, tees and memories.
The pride of their home can be seen through the windows that wrap around the back of the house. They have just recently renovated their screened in pool and expanded their patio to make a fabulous entertainment area. On one end of the patio is a summer kitchen with a built in bar and stone fireplace. On the other end of the patio is a putting green. Tommy sunk his first putt while showing off his new pride and joy.
Standing on the putting green looking beyond the screened patio, there is a view of the Intracoastal Waterway marsh and the JTB Bridge in the distance. The feeling is reminiscent of the Harbour Town Golf Links 18th green in Hilton Head, SC.
There is no doubt about where the Roy family’s passion lies as you walk through their home. Family pictures at sporting events and golf themed decorations define the house.
A Famous Foursome
In parting, I asked Tommy if he could play one round of golf with anyone and anywhere in the world, whom would he have in his foursome and where would they play. There was no hesitation in his answer. First, his dad, who was a former golf club pro and is now passed away. Tommy stated, “I’d love to play one more round of golf with my dad.” Second, John F. Kennedy, Jr. He was five when JFK was president and he admired him as a little boy. Third, Jackie Gleeson, “because he is hilarious.” And where would they play? Augusta National, naturally.
E.B. Morris – General contractor
Southwest Greens – Putting green
Outdoor Kitchens by Design – Kitchen and fireplace
Coastal Luxury Outdoors – Resurfaced pool