Sawgrass Country Club's Beach Club

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Led by ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller, the architecture and planning team drew on its extensive expertise in private club, hospitality, and recreational amenities to complete an award-winning, multi-million dollar renovation of Sawgrass Country Club’s Beach Club.

Interior dining, bar, and kitchen upgrades have transformed the 24,000-sq-ft Beach Club, including major reconfigurations of dining spaces, lighting upgrades, and new fixtures and finishes.

The result has been a comprehensive improvement to the Beach Club’s interior dining and gathering spaces, upgrades to HVAC systems, an expanded kitchen, and extensive exterior improvements – including a dynamic new family pool and improved and expanded outdoor dining facility.

The new Family Pool replaces an antiquated 40-year-old facility and represents a striking improvement with dynamic water features, social areas within the pool, shade structures and pavilions, heavy landscaping, and greater capacity for members and guests.

Oceanfront dining has been enhanced with upgrades and a major expansion to the SandBar Bistro’s outdoor pavilion, one of the club’s most popular casual dining venues. Additional improvements were made to outdoor dining spaces – upgrading finishes, furniture, and the orientation of circulation and seating to take full advantage of the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.



Sawgrass Country Club


Services Provided

Master Planning

Project Visioning & Theming

Community Engagement


Landscape Architecture

Construction Observation




The results are stunning, and the facility is more popular than ever. These enhancements have been a vast improvement and have added a great deal of value to the members of Sawgrass Country Club.
— Barry McDonald, General Manager, Sawgrass Country Club
We are all, members and management, thrilled with the results of the Beach Club renovation.
— Kristen Ely, Sawgrass Member of the Board of Governors and Project Committee Chair


2016 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award
Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC)
First Coast Chapter

2016 Project of the Year Nominee
Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC)
First Coast Chapter



Jacksonville Business Journal

Sauer wins $3 million Sawgrass beach club renovation


ELM Project Leadership


Project Team

ELM — Planner, Architect & Landscape Architect

Ansana Interior Design — Interior Designer

Sauer, Inc. — General Contractor

EnVision Design + Engineering — Civil Engineer

Lou Pontigo & Associates, Inc. — Structural Engineer

Powell & Hinkle Engineering Inc. — Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineer

WET Engineering Inc. — Aquatic Engineer

McGowen Sound Design Group — Acoustical Engineer

Kevin Partel — Coastal Consultant