TPC SAWGRASS WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – TPC Sawgrass is pleased to welcome Azhar Mohammad as its new executive chef. Azhar brings more than 20 years of global experience in the hospitality industry and will be responsible for planning and managing the culinary operations for the club’s restaurants, lounges and banquet facility.
Chef Azhar joins TPC Sawgrass from AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas where he served as executive chef, as well as regional executive chef for 12 additional properties in the brand’s portfolio. Prior, he gained extensive experience at Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C and several Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott properties, including Ritz-Carlton hotels in New Orleans, Grand Cayman, St. Louis, San Juan and the JW Marriott in Dubai. Chef Azhar has a degree in hotel management from the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in India.
“It was crucial that we find a culinary professional who understands and has hands-on experience managing the complexity, volume and world-class expectations of an iconic property like TPC Sawgrass,” said PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties National Director of Food and Beverage Kent James. “We are confident we found these qualities in Chef Azhar.”
From overseeing a $37 million multi-unit restaurant, resort and convention operation, to running world-class operations at 5-star properties around the globe, Chef Azhar’s rich experiences and diverse background are expected to bring great innovation to the club’s culinary programming. As the flagship property of the Network, TPC Sawgrass is committed to leading the industry with excellence across all services and amenities.
About TPC Sawgrass
Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, birthplace of the TPC Network and backdrop to PGA TOUR headquarters, TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. is one of the world’s most famous golf courses. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course sports one of the most recognizable and challenging holes on the PGA TOUR — the iconic par-3, 17th hole, featuring an island green. Golf enthusiasts will find not one, but two PGA TOUR championship courses at the club, both designed by world-renowned architect Pete Dye. Dye’s Valley Course, commonly referred to as the “Valley Course,” is just under 6,900 yards. The golf course previously served as the home for the Web.com Tour Championship (2014 & 2015) and the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open (2010-2013). The majestic, 77,000 square foot Mediterranean Revival-style Clubhouse serves as the centerpiece for the world-renowned TPC Sawgrass, providing PGA TOUR players, their families, spectators and sponsors with a one-of-a-kind hospitality facility during THE PLAYERS. The Clubhouse is a hub for golfers, fans, locals and guests during the other 51 weeks of the year.