Every major sport has its hall of fame, and golf is no exception to the rule. World Golf village in St. Augustine, Florida, is home to some of the most historic memorabilia in the game's rich past. Surprisingly, one of the largest exhibits of all focuses on a non-professional golf enthusiast.
The Bob Hope exhibit is a favorite among professional golfers and fans alike. Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records, as the most celebrated entertainer ever, Bob Hope had two great loves, America, and golf. The reason for his enshrinement in golf's Temple is explained by the words on a plaque next to his likeness…
"BOB HOPE - known by his nose, applauded for his humor, envied for his wit and loved by millions for his unselfish concern for all beings, Bob Hope is truly one-of-a-kind. He popularized golf to the unknowing, sponsored it for charity and played it for fun. Not a golf champion but a great champion of golf".
The shrine not only has exhibits of all the great golfers, it also has an audio display that features sound bites from the legends of the game. The full size locker room has a locker for each inductee, and the contents are changed regularly.
The most recent nominees to the prestigious hall of fame list are Sandy Lyle, Peter Alliss, and Dan Jenkins. Lyle is still active on the Champions Tour, and was the first British player to win the Masters.
Alliss is 80 years old, and began playing in 1947. Once his professional career was finished he became one of golf's best commentators and worked for both the BBC, and ABC broadcasting Corporations.
Dan Jenkins is one of golf's most famous authors. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1963-1985. At 82 years old, Dan Jenkins still writes articles for golf digest and has numerous novels on the game. A couple of his most notable are "Deal Solid Perfect" and "Fairways and Greens". Jenkins says his most memorable moment of golf was the 1960 U.S open when the past, present and future confluences of golf were represented by Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus.
The three nominees will be officially inducted on May 7, 2012 at the World Golf Village.
Golf is the major summer time sport here in Northeast Harbor. I've played each year here for the past decade. When I lived in Georgia, I had the opportunity to be a spectator at two of the Augusta championships.
- Dan Jenkins
- Guinness Book of World Records