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World Golf Hall of Fame

Updated on September 7, 2014

The World Golf Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame is located in St. Augustine, Florida. It is unusual among sports halls of fame in that a single site serves both men and women. It is supported by a group of 26 golf organizations from all over the world.

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History and Background

The original World Golf Hall of Fame was located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and was privately operated by the owners of the Pinehurst Resort. It opened in September 1974 with an initial class of 13 members. To start with it was a local project, but the PGA of America took over management in 1983 and acquired full ownership in 1986.

Two other halls of fame have been combined into today's Hall. The PGA of America established one in 1940, which was merged into the Pinehurst Hall in the 1980s. The Hall of Fame of Women's Golf was established by the LPGA in 1951, with four charter members: Patty Berg, Betty Jameson, Louise Suggs, and Babe Zaharias. It was inactive for some years, but in 1967 it moved into its first physical premises, which were in Augusta, Georgia and was renamed the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. In 1998 it merged into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

In 1994 the global golf industry established a non-profit making body called the World Golf Foundation to promote the sport, with the creation of an enhanced Hall of Fame as one of its main objectives. Construction at the new site in St. Augustine began in 1996 and the new facility opened on May 1, 1998.

Criteria for Induction

Each year, the World Golf Hall of Fame adds to its membership by inducting the greatest players and contributors in the game of golf through five categories.

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PGA TOUR

Minimum 40 years old

PGA TOUR member for 10 years

10 TOUR wins or 2 Majors or PLAYERS Championship wins

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

Champions Tour member for five years

20 wins between PGA TOUR and Champions Tour or five major or PLAYERS Championship wins

The PGA TOUR Voting Body, comprised of golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries, determines who is elected through this category each year. Election requires 65% of returned ballots. In the event that no candidate receives 65%, the nominee receiving the most votes with at least 50% is elected.

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INTERNATIONAL BALLOT

Men and women a minimum of 40 years old

Cumulative 50 points earned from major wins, international tour wins and Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup participation

The International Voting Body, also comprised of golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries, determines who is elected through this category each year. Election requires 65% of returned ballots. In the event that no candidate receives 65%, the nominee receiving the most votes with at least 50% is elected.

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LPGA POINT SYSTEM

Active LPGA Tour member for 10 years

Cumulative 27 point-system based on LPGA tournament wins. Must include a major championship win, the Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honor.

Any player meeting this criteria is eligible for induction.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

This category was created to honor those persons whose primary contributions have come from outside the competitive arena.

The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors' Selection Committee determines each year's recipient.

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VETERAN'S

The Veteran's Category honors those players, amateur or professional, whose distinguished careers are comparable to others who are already honored within the Hall of Fame.

The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors' Selection Committee determines each year's recipient.

The current World Golf Hall of Fame opened in 1998 in St. Augustine, Florida. It hosts over 400,000 visitors a year.

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Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Bobby Jones, and Walter Hagan were all inducted into the hall in it's first year (1974).

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      GolfRangeFinderReviews 6 years ago

      I hope to make a trip there this summer. Thanks for the great info.

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      Steve_Lundin 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. You've put together a great collection of information and resources. When you get a chance, please visit my lens Shooting An Albatross and say hello.

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      Tom Fattes 8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      My dad volunteers at WGHF and the PGA championship. There's an island green at WGHF that if you get a hole-in-one can win you a major prize. Great lens, and welcome to the Golf Group