World Golf Village is located in St. Augustine, FL and is a must visit for any golfer who sets foot in Florida. It’s located right off of I-95, so there is no excuse for Snowbirds not to stop by on their way back home.
World Golf Village is home to the PGA Tour Academy, two championship golf courses built by four of the game’s biggest names and the World Golf Hall of Fame. There’s also a Renaissance Resort on property that offers AAA Four-Diamond accommodations as well as several dining options.
The biggest attraction has to be the World Golf Hall of Fame. I had the opportunity to have a private tour with Tony Parker, Historian at the Hall of Fame. Tony spent several years in St. Andrews and you cannot find a more pleasant and insightful person to show you the history of this great game. He took us from the beginning of golf’s roots all the way up to the most recent events. Of particular interest is The Locker Room. Each inductee into the Hall is given their own personal locker and can fill it with whatever they want. You really develop a better understanding of these players as a person, not the iconic sports figures you have only seem them as in the past. www.worldgolfhalloffame.org
If you’re here to play a round (or two), the courses at the World Golf Village will both excite and challenge you. The Slammer and Squire Golf Course is located in the middle of World Golf Village. The course was designed by noted course architect Booby Weed, with a tremendous amount of input from Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead. It’s a resort course and the friendlier of the two. From the back tees, the course plays 6,939 yards with a course rating of 72.7 and a slope of 127. The Blue tees at 6,132 yards (69.2/121) will give most golfers enough of a challenge. The King and Bear Course is located a few miles away from the resort. The King and Bear course measures 7,279 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 74.1 and a slope of 138 and has been ranked in the top 100 Women-Friendly Courses by Golf for Women Magazine. Be sure to pick up some logoed attire or a hat to commemorate your visit. Click here for more information: www.golfwgv.com.
The PGA Tour Academy is the place to go if you’re looking for help with your game. They use a “building-block” approach which includes mastering the basics of the full swing as well as the dynamics and then moving on to the short game – putting, chipping, pitching and bunkers. Whether it’s through private lessons, player development programs or club fitting, the TOURAcademy is committed to excellence both on and off the course. Their professional staff will guide and instruct you, helping you gain a complete education so that you’ll leave with the tools necessary to improve your game moving forward. Click here for more information: www.pgatourexperiences.com.
So, after you’ve done all this, you’ll need a place to bed down and eat. The Renaissance Resort is located right next to the Hall of Fame and offers 301 Colonial Asian designed guest rooms with spacious, spa- inspirited bathrooms, granite countertops and 37-inch, flat panel TVs. Other in-room amenities include oversized executive desks for those who brought work with them, wet bars, refrigerators, and in-room coffee service. Their Villagio Italian Grille features fresh seafood, great steaks and traditional Italian cuisine. At the Villagio, you can watch your favorite sporting event on one of the 7 televisions while enjoying a specialty cocktail, wine or micro-brewed beer. In the morning, you can pick up a Starbucks coffee in the Resort Shop. www.worldgolfvillage.com/renaissance-resort.
Each golf course clubhouse has its own restaurant as well. The Champions Grille at King and Bear offers a limited breakfast menu each day from 8 – 10 a.m. and a full menu from 10 – 3 p.m. On Friday and Sunday, dinner is served from 5 – 8p.m with a wide variety of featured entrees from clubhouse burgers to Orange Honey glazed Grouper and Pumpkin Spice Short Ribs. A full liquor bar is also available.
Because of its location, the Legends Grille at Slammer and Squire is open earlier and longer – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with happy hour Monday – Friday from 4-7. All three meals are served and the regular menu features a host of items including Black and Tan Onion Rings and Mahi Fish Tacos. The food is delicious and plentiful.
As I stated earlier, if you’re into golf and in Florida, this is a must visit. There’s so much to do and see; you may not get it all done in one visit. That’s why I have been three times so far…
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