Once Deane Beman made the decision to locate the PGA TOUR Hall of Fame at the Saint Johns project, the specific details of the project components needed to be formalized. The original PGA TOUR Hall of Fame project concept was relatively small in terms of required development acreage with only one 18-hole golf course, a 350 resort room hotel and the 28,000 sq.ft. PGA TOUR Hall of Fame. The permitted Hall of Fame development area in the Saint Johns project was 82.0 acres, substantially more acreage than was required for the PGA Hall of Fame and a 350 room resort hotel. In addition, while the project concept had been decided upon, the source and amount of funding required for initial construction and future operations had not been identified.
Get ready to tee up and fill up with us at this year’s Golf & Wine Fest beginning this Friday, May 17 with featured events through Sunday, May 19. Whether you’re a golfer, wine enthusiast, or just enjoy the beauty of magnificent golf views, the 2013 World Golf Village Golf & Wine Fest will be a great chance to unwind and enjoy time with friends.
Not only will guests enjoy wine, golf, and plenty of fun, a portion of all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through its Annual Relay for Life event (World Golf Village Chapter).
Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I were excited to get a personal tour of Palencia Elementary School (PES) from Principal Don Campbell. Don has been in education for more than 40 years and specializes in opening new schools, such as Wards Creek Elementary in World Golf Village, and now Palencia Elementary, which opened in August of 2012. Palencia Elementary is one of our most leading edge St. Johns County Schools and caters to 738 students. Come along with us for a tour!
Davidson Realty launched their non-profit foundation, Davidson Cares, in November of 2013 to offer support for local schools in the World Golf Village area, including Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. Davidson Cares has given a total of $11,300 to the four schools mentioned above in less than six months!
The World Golf Village has residents of all sorts, each with their own special view of the community. We recently caught up with Ernie B. Davidson, a resident with a unique perspective on life here and a great personality to boot. Here’s a look at 3-year-old Ernie and his life in World Golf Village.
First of all, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat. How long have you lived here in World Golf Village? “I was born and raised here. I live in GroveWood in the King & Bear with my mom, an uncle, and a cat-brother Hubert. They are very good servants except for Hubert, who is decidedly unaccommodating. Mom keeps saying I have a new brother or sister coming soon, but I don’t know how to feel about that.”
I, along with many of my World Golf Village neighbors, have been waiting for a great sushi and hibachi grilled table restaurant to come to our area for quite some time now. Luckily, our prayers have been answered! Sumo Sushi is a Japanese Steak House that recently opened off of CR 210 (right behind the McDonalds) and is the perfect place for a date night, lunch date, friends get-together or celebrating a birthday!
Calling all our female World Golf Village neighbors and friends! Get ready for Davidson Realty’s Third Annual Women’s Mixer on Thursday, April 25th at 7 pm. This awesome girl’s night out will take place at Mile Marker Brewing located at 3420 Agricultural Center Drive near the outlet malls on SR 16. There’s a lot to look forward to – more vendors than ever before, lots of delicious treats, and Mile Marker beer and wine! Everyone is invited to attend this free event and a gold buyer will be on site so you can cash in your unwanted gold for cash on-the-spot!
This year there are over 20 vendors offering a variety of products for sale. You won’t want to miss the chance to browse, shop and get expert advice from this all-women group of vendors:
The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors’ (NEFAR) 10th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament benefiting Haven Hospice is almost here! Grab your family and plan for a day of fun at the dock on April 27th. Not only are fishermen invited to do what they love for a great cause, there are many activities for the whole family from 11 am to 5 pm!
Some of the great family-friendly activities include a kids’ casting tournament, kids’ fish tank fishing experience, opportunities for pictures with alligators and other reptiles, a variety of delicious food and merchandise vendors, music, raffle prizes, and more! The Humane Society will be present with a pet adoption tent for all you animal lovers.
We are back with President of Legacy Builders of North Florida John Unkefer to explore how the custom home building process differs from buying a production home with a national builder. As John explains in the video, many people are intimidated about the custom home process, but Legacy Builders of North Florida walks you through the entire process step-by-step.
For those of you in the buying market, it is very important to know that building custom does not mean more expensive. It means you have more choices and the opportunity to spend money where you want to in the house and also economize in other areas. Throughout the design and specification process, you decide if you prefer granite in the kitchen, the bathrooms or both. You choose the level of cabinets and decide tile versus wood. John and his team use all that information to help you lay out your perfect home on a budget that works for you!
As previously discussed, “St. Johns Harbour” was permitted in 1986 with no specific development concept in mind other than lots of development rights on lots of acres. From 1986 until 1991, the project evolved into a resort oriented community anchored by the proposed PGA TOUR Hall of Fame. The PGA TOUR Hall of Fame was conceived by the then Commissioner of the PGA TOUR – Mr. Deane Beman. In 1990, Deane decided it was time for the TOUR to have its own Hall of Fame. The PGA of America had its Hall of Fame in Pinehurst, NC. With the TOUR’s headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL., Deane decided the TOUR’s Hall of Fame facility needed to be located somewhere in the First Coast area (preferably south of Jacksonville, FL). The reasoning was quite simple: 1) The proximity to PGA TOUR headquarters would facilitate project management. 2) Being south of Jacksonville on I-95 would capture all of the I-95/I-10/I-295 tourist traffic destined for South Florida. 3) Locating in the city of Jacksonville would provide an opportunity to solicit governmental financial support due to the project’s anticipated impact on local tourism.