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Suburban St. Johns County: World Golf Village

World Golf Village is the centerpiece of a 7,200 unit community that will ultimately be home to an estimated 18,000 people.

Published September 14, 2010 in Neighborhoods      18 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


About World Golf Village

The 6,300-acre village, at Interstate 95 and International Golf Parkway, consists of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum; a 300-seat IMAX theater; World Golf Village Renaissance Resort Hotel; St. Johns County convention center; stores and restaurants; a time-share facility; The Slammer and Squire, and The King and the Bear golf courses; and Glenmoor, a seniors assisted-living facility.  Officials originally expected World Golf Village to attract 1 million tourist a year, mostly upscale men, ages 40-60 looking for a long weekend of golf.

The Renaissance Resort At World Golf Village

This 10-story, 301 unit luxury hotel serves as a major anchor at World Golf Village.

An elegant Colonial Asian feel has been achieved throughout the new Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, in St. Augustine, Florida – from our inspiring new atrium lobby and restaurant, to your pristine new guest room or suite!

Freshly renovated accommodations feature 37" flat-panel televisions, sparkling new bathrooms and furnishings, high-speed wireless Internet access, spacious work areas, wet bars and refrigerators – among many modern luxuries.

Whether you return for golf, our dining, the Atlantic beaches or the sights of St. Augustine – you'll always stay centered with us here in the heart of the World Golf Village, home of the one-and-only World Golf Hall of Fame and the PGA TOUR Stop, Florida's largest golf store.

Enjoy a Florida family vacation or a romantic escape, a storybook wedding or a dynamic meeting. Surround yourselves with Florida's finest pursuits, and experience our stunning transformation here, at the center of it all!

The 40,000-square foot St. Johns County Convention Center complex is attached to the Renaissance Resort.

World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum

The World Golf Hall of Fame, located in the heart of World Golf Village, is the ultimate destination for the celebration and recognition of golf's greates players and contributors.

Through a combination of both traditional and interactive exhibit areas, the World Golf Hall of Fame has something for everyone. Exhibits educate and entertain, while paying homage to the legends of the game.

Designed to appeal to golf fans as well as avid golfers, children and seniors, at the World Golf Hall of Fame, visitors are able to:

• Capture a keepsake photo on a replica of St. Andrews' Swilcan Burn Bridge.
• Putt on an 1880s-style putting green with a wood-shafted putter and gutta percha ball.
• Learn the history of the R+A and the Open Championships.
• Get up close to over 1,000 pieces of authentic member memorabilia in the Member Locker Room.
• See highlights of golf's greatest moments in the Great Championship Moments mini-theater.
• Stand up to the pressure of TV cameras, commentators, and crowd noise while trying to sink the final putt and win Shell's Wonderfull World Of Golf match.
• Enjoy two outdoor exhibits: The Challenge Hole, reminiscent of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, and a real grass 18-hole Putting Course.
Each year, The World Golf Hall of Fame displays a new exhibit that pays tribute to one of its members. In 2009, the Hall is featuring famed comedian and golfer Bob Hope in "Shanks for the Memory." The exhibit spans more than 3,000 sq. ft. and shows how golf was interwoven throughout Hope's life. Highlights include an eight-minute "video monologue" of footage highlighting Hope's career narrated by golf legend Arnold Palmer; an audio guide with 32 stops; 12 video screens with more than 2 hours of total footage; and the largest collection of Hope memorabilia ever displayed in one location.

For special events, the World Golf Hall of Fame is a magnificent venue for private and corporate functions, from the spacious Hall of Fame Plaza to the exclusive Trophy Tower, the Walk of Champions and the spectacular World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX® Theater.

The spirit of the game is yours to explore when you stay at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. Admission to the museum also includes a film in the IMAX® Theater and a round on the 18-hole putting course.

Standing at 196', Trophy Tower is the tallest structure at World Golf Village.

A glass shrouded elevator takes visitors to the shrine - 110 feet above the World Golf Village . A spectacular chandelier consisting of a stainless steel spiral reminiscent of a coiled golf swing, with graduated length rods holding glass prisms - one for each Hall of Fame member - hangs from the top of the tower. An audio program, The Making of a Champion, features reflections by Hall of Fame members on the qualities and characteristics that enabled them to be successful.

World Golf Village also features a 300 seat Imax Theater with a specially designed six-channel multi-speaker sound system and a curved screen that is 80 feet wide and 60 feet high.

The 1.2-mile Walk of Champions is a brick memorial that has the signatures of all the members of the World Golf Hall of Fame engraved in granite plates along a walkway which circles around a lake in the center of the village.

The Shops of World Golf Village

Atlanta-based Cousins Properties and Columbus, GA-based W.C. Bradley Company's The Shops at World Golf Village opened in 1998.

Restaurants at World Golf Village include 500 South (inside the Renaissance Resort), Fairways Café and Murray Bros. Caddyshack.

Located adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame Gift Shop, Fairways Café features fresh breakfast items, including morning coffee and cinnamon rolls. Also enjoy sensational lunch and dinner offerings, such as grilled paninis, fresh sandwiches, gourmet salads and hand-tossed pizzas.

Murray Bros. Caddyshack is a fun dining restaurant and lounge created by golfer/comedian Bill Murray and his five brothers, where you are invited to "Eat, Drink and Be Murray!"

Murray Bros. Caddyshack is intended to look as if it were once a traditional Country Club where what's left is delicious food and high-spirited service surrounded by the whimsy of golf. Murray Bros. Caddyshack also includes the Bunker Bar with two, 150-inch quad television screens, and The Shed with logo merchandise.

Open seven days a week – serving lunch and dinner – Murray Bros. Caddyshack offers a full-service, “American grill” menu with reasonably priced, generous portions.

World Golf Village is located in Northern St. Johns County at the I-95/International Golf Parkway interchange.

Article by Ennis Davis



September 14, 2010, 08:15:39 AM
where are all the people?....

St. Auggie

September 14, 2010, 09:19:08 AM
Never should have been built where it was.  Designers chose esthetics over function.  That said, while it is no where near the 1 million they thought, the hall still is a huge economic engine for St. Augustine.  The county got a convention center for $250,000. You cant get the impact study for that amount.  There are a lot of folks that live out that way and if the economic retreat had occured 6 months later there would be a huge mall and "rivercity marketplace like" development out this way.  Things have been MUCH slower than anticipated, but they are "right there".


September 14, 2010, 09:46:39 AM
Even though it isn't the biggest screen, the WGV helped us get an IMAX theater in the area.


September 14, 2010, 10:19:20 AM
I'm with you St. Auggie.  Not the ultimate location for a quick impact, but they are primed to be top notch location as the NEFLA growth continues to boom on northern St. Johns county.  The resort is absolutely beautiful, the amenities are plentiful and growing, and the roadway infrastructure is still very much expandable.  I'll never live there but it is a nice place to visit.

St. Auggie

September 14, 2010, 10:43:50 AM
And a lot of you will love that when the mall the shopping strip across the street were getting under way, VERY informal talks were already going on for a trolley (type) service from the hotel, mall, strip and all the way down to 16/ the outlets.  It was a great idea.  These people want to make it a destination.  Golfers from around the world KNOW this place.  They have the product, now they need the other two parts, time and money!


September 14, 2010, 05:11:52 PM
Maybe..........but before the WGV there wasn't all those houses and apartments. People are moving down there. If you live on the west boarder it is one of the few places a gator, coyote or bear might wander in with the normal deer, armadillo and raccoon.

CS Foltz

September 14, 2010, 05:22:11 PM
There is a Cell Tower with 4 carriers on it! At one time, T Mobil (back then Powertel) and Bell South (now AT&T) were the only carriers on was established to have area coverage on the Golf Course. The other side is covered allready by one of the original cell sites to go into that region for coverage on I95 going south or north depending on travel. I put both up about 12 years if your phone does not work, don't call me since I don't take care of that area customer service for your carrier! It is pretty down there for sure, inspite of cutting all of the tree's that used to be there!


September 14, 2010, 05:27:12 PM
Looks like something that was dreamed up during the real estate boom and now will slowly decay.


September 14, 2010, 06:23:58 PM
An elegant Colonial Asian feel has been achieved throughout the new Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, in St. Augustine, Florida

Colonial Asian my ass.

St. Auggie

September 14, 2010, 07:05:11 PM
Looks like something that was dreamed up during the real estate boom and now will slowly decay.

Looks like someone has no idea what they are talking about.


September 14, 2010, 11:38:45 PM
Placement of the "Town Center" at the end of a road was probably not the best plan for business commerce, though it does seem to work well for the hotel and golf functions. A second entry roadway connecting the shopping district with the international golf Parkway would go a long way toward making the vacancies fill up with shops. Either way would involve some round about loop mileage through the golf course's and they would probably come out on IGP at the same light/bridge. I placed it on the map under "Ock's Road."

Also note the possible location of a lighter then air airfield at the old Francis NOLF Base. I have mentioned in the past my talking with several airship operators/builders and actually have stirred some interest in our WGV site. My hope is that JAA and JPA jump onboard and offer alternatives in what could become a win-win for northeast Florida.

There is a whole lot more to the WGV then we depicted in the little map, either mine or the article. WGV extends all the way to Six Mile Creek across CR13 from the "Outback Crabshack." Another shopping (newer but more vibrant) is located at the junction of SR 16 and International Golf Parkway, it is anchored by Publix with a sizable botique selection, CVS is on an outparcel and a new mystery restaurant McDonalds according to rumor mill next to CVS. Walgreen's is across the IGP from CVS/Publix and it also has some outparcels that are suddenly on the market. Looks like Flagler Hospital has a couple of acres behind this Publix between IGP and the fire station.

Recently a new 75,000 sq ft shopping center has sought approval for zoning changes at the corner of SR16 and 16A. Another new shopping/residential/work mega-site is currently seeking approval just NE of the IGP/I-95 interchange, while dirt has recently been moving in the SW corner. There is a brand new State Veterans Nursing and Retirement home on 16 between the Outlets and IGP, and now another large subdivision is trying for zoning changes on the South side of the road.

Most important of all... WGV is home to
OCKLAWAHA! Never a dull moment around here.


St. Auggie

September 15, 2010, 08:18:08 AM
"Ock's road" is a MUST if they ever want those spaces to fill up.  That is exactly what I meant when I said they chose esthetics over function.  They NEED that road.  They chose a beautiful sweeping loop that takes 10 minutes to go around versus a one minute path to the front of those shops. 


September 15, 2010, 10:18:23 AM
Yes, where are all the people!?  This is really sad.  But that's what you get with poor planning = poor economic reality.


September 15, 2010, 11:43:33 AM
"Ock's road" is something I've thought about as well.  Its asinine to have to drive so far back into the resort just to access the promenade.

And there are no people there because of the resort's isolation and because it has been seemingly poorly marketed.  It has simply become a convention space with a nice upscale golf resort attached to it in the middle of a residential gated community.  

I still think that things will continue to get better for the area as growth continues and the commercial market revives.  Perhaps some more connectivity would help greatly to enhance the area and light a spark.


September 15, 2010, 12:01:56 PM
Looks like someone has no idea what they are talking about.

We'll see.

St. Auggie

September 15, 2010, 12:51:05 PM
Also, just learned that the spa at Laterra will reopen. New ownership.  I dont have any info past that, dates, name, etc.  But it is moving forward.

north miami

September 15, 2010, 03:25:16 PM

Looks like "Ock's Road" would traverse wetland/conservation/greenbelt/mitigated lands??


September 15, 2010, 07:35:49 PM
Funny how some people like to give the thumps down to places other than where we live.

WGV area happens to be one of the choicest areas to live in NEFL. The Resort grounds give the area a suburban feel that you don't get in any other part of Jacksonville. Yes, there is alot of potential for growth and expansion of amenities, shopping, infrastructure etc. but I think families that move there do so for the low crime and schools generally. At least that is my opinion. The only downside is lack of brand name shopping except for the Outlets. But that will come.

As far as the location of the Resort with the IMAX, the upscale Renaissance and the conference center  - perfect.

People who say that the area is at a standstill must be living under a rock and not aware of the economic crash that put the brakes on alot of structural planning in NEFL.  Because the market turned out the way it did doesn't mean that the planning wasn't well thought out.
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