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OVERVIEW

The World Golf Hall of Fame honors the history of the game by preserving the legacies of the world's greatest players and contributors. Through revealing and inspirational storytelling, the Hall of Fame honors its 130 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS, including professional players, world-class amateurs and lifetime contributors, and their finest moments in a game more than 550 years old.

The Hall of Fame's annual INDUCTION CEREMONY is the highlight of each year when new members are welcomed into the Hall of Fame in an internationally televised event that celebrates the game's rich heritage and recognizes its greatest players and contributors.

Located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., the Hall of Fame serves as a steward of the game through its storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.

A Global Institution

After years of refining its cause and determining its role within the worldwide golf community, the World Golf Hall of Fame opened in 1998. 

Plans for the Hall of Fame originated with former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, whose vision focused on creating an institution where the greatest players on the PGA TOUR would be honored and celebrated for generations to come. Yet Beman's vision became bigger over time, and the concept escalated into a worldwide effort that would come to enjoy unprecedented collaboration among the international golf community.

Today the World Golf Hall of Fame works closely with the world's leading golf organizations, including the PGA TOUR, the LPGA, The Masters, the USGA, the PGA of America, the PGA European Tour and The R&A, along with the professional tours in Asia, Australia, Japan and South Africa. Each of these organizations believe in the Hall of Fame's mission and recognizes the importance of the legacy and preserving golf's storied history through the celebration of its greatest players and contributors.

""I have served as Global Ambassador for the World Golf Hall of Fame for more than seven years now and trust wholeheartedly in its dedication to the mission of honoring the true greats of the game from all over the world. Through fascinating exhibitions and interactive experiences, guests touring the Hall of Fame can get an understanding of the rich history of the game and its heroes. It is an important institution for the game of golf on a global scale." -Gary Player (Class of 1974)