Test Your Swing at a Replica TPC 17th Hole at World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine

The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, and is a collaboration of 26 national and international golf organizations including the USGA, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and The R&A.

St. Augustine’s World Golf Hall of Fame is a collaboration of 26 golf organizations. / All Photos Courtesy of World Golf Hall of Fame

The St. Augustine-based World Golf Hall of Fame is fascinating for golf lovers, and even for those of us who don’t know much about golf.

In my days as a newspaper reporter, the massive World Golf Village — which includes the museum, golf courses, shops, restaurants, homes and a spa — was part of my beat. With little knowledge about golf, I took the tour of the museum and found myself totally surprised how fascinating it was. I can only imagine what a treat it must be for the genuine golf buff.

Visitors learn all about the history of the sport, starting with the formation of the game in Scotland five centuries ago. There is a a “locker room” featuring memorabilia from all the Hall of Fame’s members and even a trophy tower that houses many of the most prestigious trophies in the game. Museum admission also includes a round of golf on the 18-hole, natural-grass putting course outside and a turn at the “Challenge Hole,” inspired by TPC Sawgrass’s infamous 17th hole.

The World Golf Hall of Fame takes visitors on a historical journey through the game of golf, from its roots in Scotland to its growth around the world.

The World Golf Hall of Fame takes visitors on a historical journey through the game of golf, from its roots in Scotland to its growth around the world.

There is also an IMAX theatre in the Hall of Fame building, which regularly shows high-profile documentary films and movies. In case you were wondering, these are not just golf movies.

Each Hall of Fame member has his or her own personal display space within the Member Locker Room exhibit, which currently showcases more than 800 items.

Each Hall of Fame member has his or her own personal display space within the Member Locker Room exhibit, which currently showcases more than 800 items.

The Hall of Fame offers a military discount, as well as a discount for seniors and Florida residents. Kids ages 5-12 get in for just $5, and younger children can visit for free.

An aerial view of World Gold Village, which includes a “Challenge Hole” inspired by the notorious 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

If you want to go:

Where: One World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL

When: As of this writing, it was open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Cost: Varies. See their website for details on pricing.

For more information: Visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

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