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.
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.
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.
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.