The 6,300-acre parcel was approved in the 1990s as a “Development of Regional Impact” (DRI) and eventually will have 18,000 residents. A new interchange on Interstate 95 in Florida was constructed to permit direct access to the site, which was expected to host a million visitors each year.
Kelly Lake was created at the center of the village, surrounded by a 1.2-mile brick Walk of Champions, which features a large flagstone for each Hall of Fame member, with their name and signature etched in granite. A large building on the west side houses the hall of fame, theater, cafe and 110-foot shrine tower. The “Shops of World Golf Village” are situated on the north and east sides, and the Renaissance Hotel and convention center are to the south.
Hall of Fame-
The foremost attraction at World Golf Village is the World Golf Hall of Fame, which superseded the PGA of America facility at Pinehurst, North Carolina in May 1998. There are plans to re-locate the Hall back to its original location in 2023. The Hall of Fame has a permanent display with biographical information for every individual inducted. There are also sections devoted to the history of golf, heritage, organizations, course design, equipment, attire and trends. The Trophy Tower contains a collection of all the major tournament trophies (and many of the minor ones). Many of the displays are interactive and give the visitor a “hands on” experience. Featured exhibits change yearly, and a round on the 18-hole putting course is included with museum admission. Additionally, there is a Challenge Hole with an island green similar to the signature hole at TPC Sawgrass, the par 3, 17th.
The resort features two championship golf courses: the King & Bear, designed jointly by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, and the Slammer & Squire, a collaboration of Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. Both courses consistently receive 4.5 stars rating (out of 5) by Golf Digest. Both courses have hosted professional tournaments including the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, a Champions Tour event, and Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, as well as other nationally televised events.
The PGA TOUR Golf Academy opened at WGV in 2000 as a one-stop facility to help players improve all facets of their golf game. Their instructors are experienced PGA and LPGA professionals who provide clinics, schools, private lessons, development programs and camps for juniors using the latest technology.
Based on the success of the program, branches have been established at TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, TPC Las Vegas, TPC San Antonio and six other resort locations in the United States. The academy at World Golf Village trains and certifies all instructors at TOUR academies.
Four hotels/motels were constructed in anticipation of tourism at the center. The largest is the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, followed by the Laterra Resort & Spa. The Grande Villas and The Residences at World Golf Village also provide unique accommodations.
One of the most popular attractions is the IMAX Theater, which plays the latest movies and documentaries in a 300-seat theater with an 80-foot-wide by six-story-high screen.
The Murray Brothers Caddyshack restaurant is located along the Walk of Champions and is owned by actor Bill Murray and his five brothers. Their slogan is, “Eat, Drink and Be Murray!” Villagio Bar and Grill and a Starbucks are located within the Renaissance Resort. The Fairways Café is part of the World Golf Hall of Fame and offers casual and takeout fare.
The 31,000 sq ft PGA Tour Stop (now closed) was situated along the Walk of Champions, and was the largest golf store in Florida.
Historic St. Augustine and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean are nearby, and WGV is part of the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, with over 1 million residents.
Tocoi Creek High School, in the World Golf Village CDP
The community is within the St. Johns County School District.
Zoned elementary schools include: Mill Creek Academy,] Picolata Crossing, and Wards Creek.
Boundaries of two middle schools include portions of World Golf Village: Mill Creek and Pacetti Bay:
All residents are zoned to Tocoi Creek High School.