The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida, in the United States. It enshrines and honours both men and women by displaying memorabilia, sculptures, and plaques. You will learn about five centuries of golf tradition all housed under one roof. Let history indulge you as you learn more from the early days when golf was played with stick and ball forerunners to modern day game.
On May 19, 1998, the World Golf Hall of Fame opened in its new site in St. Augustine. Several participants of the inaugural class, including Palmer, Sarazen and Snead, were on the stage to welcome the first class for the new building: Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller. The Hall of Fame is a unique vacation destination because it is the core of the World Golf Village. People flock here to enjoy the luxurious accommodations with its added amenities.
The Village provides world class services. The Hall of Fame is supported by a consortium of 26 golf organizations from all over the world. World Golf Hall of Fame’s mission is to honour and preserve the history of this game and legacies of the people who made it happen.
Through interactive storytelling, exhibitions, works of art, audio, video and photography, the Hall of Fame reaches out to you and leads you through history, engaging your senses to appreciate the significance of golf and its members. It is a non-profit organisation supported by the Board of Directors from The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR , The R&A and USGA.
All the exhibits in the Hall of Fame show the struggle pioneers have faced from the late 19th century through to today. They are all statements of social justice and humanity. The special exhibit sculpture symbolizes the progression of golf. They show that in life as in golf, there is very little difference, between the races of mankind and that we all have a place in golf and in the world.
Another exhibit pays homage to Bob Hope looking at his devotion to the United States troops and the various ways he championed the game of golf. The Nancy Lopez exhibit highlights Lopez’s accomplishments on the course, showing the honest, appealing and entertaining personality that so deeply connected her to golf fans worldwide. Included in the special exhibits are History in the Making and Inductee Exhibits.
The Experience exhibits take you through the Hall of Fame challenge, where you participate in a game of golf to win. Further down you see the Class of 2012 Gallery, The Team Gallery, Golf Simulator, where you can play at the old course and visit the newly expanded and renovated Member Locker Room. There is a Recent Inductee Exhibit, Putting Course, The Royal and Ancient Game, Trophy Tower and finally the tour will end at The Wall of Fame.
- Admission to the Hall of Fame includes entrance to the Museum (valid for the day of purchase AND the subsequent day), one round on the 18-hole, natural-grass putting course and two shots on the Hall of Fame Challenge Hole.
- An IMAX film may be added for $5 for general run films and $10 for special engagement Hollywood films.
- St. Johns County residents receive 30% off full priced adult admission with identification.
- Free children admission is valid for museum only. Children admission rates for IMAX® applies. Only one discount per guest.
- The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre is attached to the Hall of Fame, both of which are in World Golf Village adjacent to the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Slammer & Squire golf course.
- Parking is located behind the PGA TOUR Stop and Caddy Shack restaurant. From this parking lot, follow the signs and walk along the lake towards the Hall of Fame tower.
- Wheelchairs can be borrowed at the box office and a license must be left as collateral. Unfortunately, we do not have electric wheelchairs.
- Cameras are allowed inside the museum.
- The Caddy Shack restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices and large portions.
- The Fairway Cafe is a little sandwich shop which serves a variety of sandwiches.
- The Gift stores have really nice T-shirts for a decent price.
- The volunteers at the museum have one thing in common, a passion for the game and meeting you.
- Donations that support the organization's most pressing needs and on-going mission programs are encouraged.
- When you shop the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum's Online Store, the proceeds support the mission of the Hall and its programs.
- For Adult: $19.50
- For Child: $5
- Seniors, Military & Florida Residents: (with valid ID) $18.50; Students (ages 13 and over with valid ID) $10; Children (4 & under) Free.
- The museum is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Induction Day.
- The Museum observes holiday hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
- Caddyshack: American
- Fairways Cafe: Delicatessen
- Villagio Italian Grill: Italian
- Murray Brothers Caddy Shack: American
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12.86% of people who visit St Augustine include World Golf Hall Of Fame in their plan
71.43% of people start their World Golf Hall Of Fame visit around 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see World Golf Hall Of Fame
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This place is amazing. We visited recently for my brother's wedding. The greeted us with a smile at the door and we felt welcomed from that point on. They did an excellent job during the wedding and paid close attention to every detail. We will definitely be back.
The five star rating is for golfing fans. The wife and I spent a six solid hours walking through and reading about each of the inductees and other exhibits including a rather large and interesting exhibit about Bob Hope. If you're not really a golf fan, you will likely walk through all the exhibits in an hour.
I do not play golf, but I often ride along with my husband when he plays. I absolutely loved the World Golf Hall of Fame! The first floor was dedicated to Bob Hope and the exhibit is called Shanks For The Memories. I laughed out loud numerous times as I went through the exhibit. What a shame that Millennials don't even know who Bob Hope is. As to the rest of the museum, it was also well worth the trip. I enjoyed learning more about the history of golf, especially since my husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland. I have a great interest in the architects of golf courses. I would have liked to have seen more about them and not just the few that were highlighted. However, the exhibit about the infamous Hole 17 intrigued me. I spent quite a bit of time at that exhibit. If you stand on the footprints to start the video in that exhibit, don't get off. If you do, the video starts again. It was like the movie Groundhog Day, where the protagonist has to relive the same day over and over and over. There are several putting greens in the museum that you can use. I scored points when I sunk a putt with one stroke. Not even my husband did that. Later, he got to work with a golf pro, which he thoroughly enjoyed The grounds of the World Golf Hall of Fame are extremely well maintained. Of course, I wouldn't expect anything less; after all, this is the World Golf Hall of Fame. The four golf courses around the museum looked challenging. It is important to mention that every member of the staff that we had interaction with was polite, friendly and knowledgeable. We made sure we bought Hall of Fame shirts to wear when we go to St Andrews. I highly recommend the World Golf Hall of Fame to everyone who is visiting the St Augustine area. As for me, I plan on going to see a golf pro when I return home to see if she can work with me to develop a swing, despite the arthritis I have in my shoulder. I will never be a Nancy Lopez, but at least I'll be able to play alongside of my husband, which is far more important
A Bucket Lister for me. An excellent experience for any golfer. A very nice facility with a beautiful course and grounds. Many photos to take and memories to make.
We spent hours here. We especially enjoyed the tribute to Bob Hope but there was so much more. Lovely setting in beautiful grounds.