World Golf Village – A Golfers Paradise and Ultimate Vacation Destination!
World Golf Village is the ultimate golf mecca! But not just for the golfer–the whole family will want to come on this day trip!
Located in St. Augustine, it is just south of Jacksonville. Created by PGA Tour, World Golf Village is home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, an IMAX Theater, one of the largest pro golf shops and is where you can visit the famous Murray Brothers Caddyshack Flagship Restaurant. For the ultimate golf fan, World Golf Village is truly the Disney World for golfers.
World Golf Village
This 6,3000 acre was approved in the 1990s to build the greatest golfing destination in the world. With the anticipation of bringing a million visitors each year, a new interchange on Interstate 95 was built for easy access to this site. It is here that they created the ultimate golf destination.
In the center of World Golf Village is Kelly Lake which is surrounded by the 1.2 mile brick Walk of Champions. This brick wall features a large flagstone for each Hall of Fame member. To the west side of the village is where you will find World Golf Hall of Fame, the IMAX Theater, a café and a 110 foot shrine tower. The shops of World Golf Village are situated on the north and east side of the land and the Renaissance Resort is perfectly situated in the heart of it all.
The largest accommodations are Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village. This luxurious resort has recently gone through a major renovation with an opening of a new restaurant and bar as well as expanding their fitness center by also including state of the art equipment. You will see the beautiful new design work all throughout the resort from the wall coverings in the guest room corridors and the dramatic changes in the atrium, they truly spared no expense.
The Renaissance Resort features two championship golf courses: the King and Bear and the Slammer and Squire. Both have received 4.5 stars (out of 5) by golf digest and are host to a many professional tournaments including Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, Champions Tour event and Shells Wonderful World of Golf.
You don’t have to love golf to enjoy your time here. At the Renaissance Resort there is an abundance of other recreational activities to do while staying here. They have beautiful tennis courts, an enhanced billiard room, jogging trails, large pools and hot tubs. At theWorld of Golf Village you will be able to find something enjoyable to do for everyone in your family. It is an easy walk throughout the village to other great things to see and do, such as the World Golf Hall of Fame, IMAX Theater and some great shopping!
World Golf Hall of Fame
A big attraction of the World Golf Village is its World Golf Hall of Fame which superseded the PGA of America facility in May 1998. It is here that they house permanent displays with biological information for every individual inducted. They have great exhibits that feature not just the history of golf and its heritage but it also goes into course design, the organization, the development of the latest golf equipment and its ever changing fashion trends on the green.
Visit the Trophy Tower and see their large collection of major and minor tournament trophies. You will love the engaging and interactive displays which are new every year. And don’t forget to stop by their 18 hole mini golf course which is also included in your museum admission.
“Eat, Drink and Be Murray!”
One of the best and most fun places to eat is the Murray Brothers Caddyshack Resturant. This restaurant not only serves delicious entrees and treats but it really is a showcase of the brother’s wacky sense of humor combined with their love of the game of golf. Once you walk in, you will notice that you are not in your typical golf country club! Those who are fans of the cult classic movie starring Bill Murray, Caddyshack, will absolutely love the restaurant’s homage to its crazy fun film.
This flagship restaurant takes up 8,000 square feet of space and they use every inch of it! It includes a Bunker Bar with two large flat screen TVs and additional smaller TVs that can cover multiple sporting events all at once. The Loopers Lounge that also doubles as a game room has beautiful billiard tables and video games perfect for any large groups of people for private parties.
You won’t be able to leave without stopping by The Shed and picking up some great souvenirs. They have almost everything from funny t-shirts to fun golf gadgets. You may even spot a few sneaky gophers popping about!
Shops of World Golf Village
At the World Golf Village you will see the world’s largest golf merchandise store. This is one of the premier golf retail store experiences. This large store features two floors of the best names in golf equipment and fashion. Here you will be to try before you buy with their indoor putting greens and several hitting bays. You can also buy many custom items here as well – from gloves to clubs and shoes. The avid golfer won’t be able to leave this place without purchasing something to remind them of their trip to World Golf Village!
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