Suburban St. Johns County: World Golf Village

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

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