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Visiting the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida

This is a guest post from Josh Whiten of Reunion Resort rentals. For more information about guest posting on The Orlando Vacation Tips Blog please contact me.

For anyone who loves a game of golf, Florida scores highly on both the must-visit list and the been-there-done-that list. With over 1,250 golf courses typically bathed in sunshine throughout the year, this great state offers yards of more than above par greens to play and while away the hours.

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For those erring on the side of fanatical when it comes to the game, a visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame is a must. A short drive from Orlando along Florida’s beautiful east coast, the Hall of Fame which showcases golf’s history, traditions and legendary players, is located in historical St Augustine on Florida’s northeast coast.
What is there to see once you get there? Just about everything golf, from permanent, special and featured exhibits to a players’ Wall of Fame and championship trophies on display.

Current featured exhibits include golfing legends "Nancy Lopez: Pride, Passion, and Personality" and "Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory".  Visitors can see memorabilia, trophies, putters and much more. The Royal and Ancient Game permanent exhibition gives an interesting insight into the humble beginnings of the game in Scotland and its rising global popularity over five centuries.

Iconic golfing moments and shots from golfing greats Tom Watson, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Kathy Whitworth can be relived through a 10 minute video in the Championship Moments Theater. There’s an 88ft-long Wall of Fame for visitors to peruse and top-up their knowledge of their heroes’ careers and achievements in Shell Hall.

Gleaming championship trophies such as the Ryder Cup are on display in the Trophy Tower. This wouldn’t be much of a golf attraction if there wasn’t an opportunity to swing a club.  Fortunately keen golfers and the curious alike have a chance to test their abilities on the 18-hole course and on a simulated version of The Plantation Course at Kapalua or the old course at legendary St Andrews in Scotland.  

But that’s not all: also included in the admission price to the Hall of Fame along with the above, is a shot at the Challenge Hole.  For those in the know, this is a short but challenging 132-yard shot over a body of water reminiscent of the renowned 17th hole at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass.

If you’re looking for a snack, the World Golf Hall of Fame’s aptly named Fairways Café has lots of options to keep visitors the right side of peckish.  Eat indoors or out or on the hoof.  Morning Tee Time from 9am offers breakfast choices of muffins and bagels.  Throughout the day visitors can graze on a selection of salads, interesting flavour combinations of hot and cold Sand-Wedges, low-carb wraps and soups, as well as hot dogs and pizzas.  Or take advantage of the $7.99 lunch buffet from 11.30am–1.30pm.  Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available too.  The café closes at 4pm.

The cost of admission is great value as it also includes the Hall of Fame’s special exhibits, a round of golf on the 18-hole course and a shot at the Hall of Fame Challenge Hole.  There is an additional fee of between $5 and $10 for viewing the venue’s IMAX films.  Admission for adults is $19.50, seniors $18.50, students 13 years and over $10 and kids aged 5-12, $5.

This great golfing attraction is open daily from 10am-6pm from Monday to Saturday and 12-6pm on Sundays.  Opening hours are reduced on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day and the Hall of Fame is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Induction Day.
Josh Whiten is Head of Marketing at The Top Villas who provide luxury vacation rentals in Orlando, Florida – specializing in Reunion Resort rentals.

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