More than 500 years ago, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon spotted a beautiful beach in his quest to claim Florida for Spain. Florida’s Historic Coast, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra, remains the only surviving documented navigational fix from this momentous journey. At noon on April 2, 1513, Ponce’s navigator, Anton de Alaminos, logged the fleet at a position of 30 degrees 8 minutes north latitude. That position is north of St. Augustine and just south of Ponte Vedra Beach. Although the exact location of the historic landing is not known, the most contemporary account of the expedition shows that Ponce and his crew came ashore the very next day to plant the flag of Spain.
You can find Ponce de Leon today in the form of a 17-foot bronze statue located at the north beach access of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuary Research Reserve along A1A. In addition to Spanish Conquistadors, you may also find ancient sharks teeth in the coquina sands of Ponte Vedra Beach among a variety of shells.
The history of Ponte Vedra Beach is not only one of discovery by Spanish explorers.
Golf history is both made and celebrated on Florida’s Historic Coast. PonteVedra Beachis one of the nation’s premier locations for golf, with courses ranging from TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium course, which hosts THE PLAYERS Championship every May, the PGA TOUR Headquarters and dozens of championship golf courses.
Nearby is the World Golf Hall of Fame which honors the history of golf by recognizing and preserving the legacies of the game’s greatest players and contributors. The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.