PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Mike Catkump and his family flew to Jacksonville from Iowa to play golf at world renown TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.
They got the gorgeous blue sky and Florida sunshine they were hoping for.
"It's 40-50 below zero wind chill back home. But this is nice. The sun's out, so we are not complaining," said Catkump.
Their only complaint is they couldn't play golf Tuesday.
Bill Hughes, TPC general manager, told Action News the Stadium course was closed due to the cold in order to protect the course for THE PLAYERS Championship four months from now. "You can damage these greens today and almost not be able to recover by the first week of May if you're not real careful," said Hughes.
Black tarps were placed over all the greens which had heating elements installed beneath the surface a few years ago to guard against freezing temperatures.
"I believe it's the only golf course in the world that has heaters installed under all 18 greens," said Hughes.
PGA Tour staff say more than 100 golfers had tee times scheduled for Tuesday, but they were able to accommodate all their guests with tee times on other days.
"We had a number of days to call these individuals with tee times and move their tee times to either yesterday or tomorrow," said Hughes.