Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The World Golf Hall of Fame

We were zipping along (as much as you can `zip along` in a 38`motorhome towing a car) I95 on our way to our campground in St Augustine when I saw this building to my right:

The sign said `World Golf Hall of Fame`
Nothing would do that we visit while in St Augustine. So the next day off we went.

The complex consists of a museum, two championship golf courses:

The Slammer & Squire named for Hall of Fame members Sam (The Slammer) Snead and Gene (The Squire) Sarazen who served as consultants to course architect Bobby Weed.


The King & Bear named for its co-designers, World Golf Hall of Fame members Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. It is the first-and-only course design collaboration between two of golf's most respected and well-known ambassadors.

A PGA Tour Golf Academy, the World Golf Village - homes on both golf courses - and an Imax Theatre that appears to be included to entertain family members who are not interested in the golf. It was showing The Hobbit when we were there.

The World Junior Golf Championship was happening when we arrived so we were not able to tour the club house but did spend a couple of hours in the museum. As we entered we were greeted by a gentleman who explained what we were about to see and experience. He then offered to take our picture holding two very large drivers:

Very clever. Behind us are the logos of all the companies who sponsored the Hall of Fame. Imagine how many Facebook pages similar photos have appeared on.

The entire first floor was devoted to ``Golf`s Greatest Ambassador ``:  Bob Hope.

Then the Hall of Fame honouring golf`s greatest players was on the second floor. As we entered we were greeted by another guide who introduced us to the displays and took our picture on a replica if the famous Swilcan Bridge that connects the 1st and 18th holes on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. Another photo opportunity:

Then an opportunity to putt out on the 18th hole:

Then we toured the museum which featured lots of exhibits recording the history of golf, many videos and  many, many displays of memorabilia from all of golf`s greats and a one point an opportunity to putt out in front of an audience:

Near the end of the tour was a golf simulator where Arch tested his skills on some of the world`s grea golf courses:

Next was a Wall of Fame displaying a bronze bust of each member and then an area with lockers for each member displaying items relevant to each person`s career. Finally we headed to the top of the tower you see in the first picture above. Here all of golf`s greatest trophies are displayed. This is a photo of the surroundings from the tower:

This is a great spot for any golfer to visit and well worth the admission price. If you go plan to spend at least 3 hours here. We could have stayed for the day.

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