To commemorate the women’s last Major Championship of the year, the World Golf Hall of Fame is hosting Evian Championship Week between September 13 and 16.

Visit the museum and enjoy learning about Hall of Fame inductees who are past Evian champions.

The celebration parallels the Evian Championship tournament Sept. 13-16, played at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France. The tournament will be shown throughout the museum during the week. It will also be broadcast on NBC and the Golf Channel.

The field will be very competitive as top players like defending champion Anna Nordqvist and current #1 player Sung Hyun Park vie for the coveted trophy.

Learn more about the tournament by visiting evianchampionship.comand don’t forget to check out the special celebration at the World Golf Hall of Fame!

 
 
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Davidson Realty agent Mirtha Barzaga recently held back-to-school drives at the King & Bear Amenity Center and Heritage Landing Amenity Center in World Golf Village. Mirtha collected school supplies to benefit kids in need at several St. Johns County Schools.

The turnout was fantastic at both events, helping lots of students to start the school year off right! Generous donors delivered essential supplies like backpacks, notebooks, folders, markers, crayons, scissors and more.

“Many local students don’t have the basic things they need for school, which makes academic success all the more difficult for them,” said Mirtha. “These supplies help give students the confidence they need to learn, knowing they have the necessary tools.”

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Thanks to the Renaissance Resort’s Friday Night Live, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy great entertainment and fun! The weekly event features live performers from 6 to 8 p.m.

Festivities kick off at 5:30 with a complimentary, chef inspired hors d’oeuvre. Patrons can also enjoy a complimentary mixologist’s choice cocktail served until 6 p.m. when musicians take the stage.

Here are the upcoming performers at Friday Night Live:

Clay Benjamin:Clay is a guitar master specializing in soul, R&B, funk and smooth jazz music. In fact, he played as Al Green’s lead guitarist for two years! His album “Daddy’s Home” was released in 2017.

Clay’s Friday Night Live dates:July 6, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 24

Pierre Kendrick: A tour de force on the saxophone, Pierre is known for infusing his music with heart and soul. He has traveled around the world playing with blues and jazz musicians like Jackiem Joyner, Matt Marshak and others. Pierre released his first solo album “My Only Love” in 2016.

Pierre’s Friday Night Live dates:July 13, August 17, August 31

The Captains:Local favorite The Captains are returning once again to The Renaissance to perform. Get your dancing shoes ready!

The Captains Friday Night Live date:August 10

 
 
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Look no further for your 4th of July fireworks plans! Head over to the Old City to take in the impressive bayfront light show known as Fireworks over the Matanzas.

Plan to arrive early to stroll down St. George Street, browse shops, enjoy a cold treat and take in the live music at the Plaza de la Constitución, which will play from 6 to 8 p.m.

Then, make your way over to the waterfront between Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions to get a good spot for the show! Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. The spectacular 20-minute display is choreographed to patriotic and pop music.

 

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Despite the introduction of new communities all over the First Coast, World Golf Village remains one of the area’s best places to find low-maintenance, high-quality living options. With the addition of The Cottages, those options continue to expand.

Situated just off Royal Pines Parkway within walking distance of World Golf Village’s hub, The Cottages offers an optimal location for buyers seeking a serene atmosphere while remaining close to amenities.

The community’s featured builder DreamFinders plans to build 56 homes, most of which back up to wooded preserves or the community’s pristine lake. Buyers may select between seven floor plans that vary from 1,600 to 2,700 sq. ft.

 

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If thinking about Father’s Day leaves you without ideas, plan to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 17! The museum will be offering FREE admission for dads and their immediate families. In addition, Dads are invited to take a swing on the Challenge Hole, a replica of TPC Sawgrass’s 17th island green, for just $5.

The Hall of Fame will also launch its newest exhibit, Tales from the Collection, on Father’s Day.

This is huge savings as regular admission is $20.95 for adults ($19.95 for seniors, Florida residents and military), $10 for students, and $5 for kids 5-12 (4 and under are free).

The museum will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Father’s Day. Escape the heat and make Dad smile by visiting the World Golf Hall of Fame on his big day!

 
 
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With THE PLAYERS Championship well under way at TPC at Sawgrass, now is the perfect time to get in the golfing spirit at the World Golf Hall of Fame!

This week, guests can peruse tournament history and artifacts in the new exhibit “THE PLAYERS Experience.” Inside the 1,800 sq. ft. exhibit, guests will find stories, mementos and images from the tournament, which is celebrating its 44th year of play. The list of past winners includes 11 Hall of Fame members.

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Phyllis & Brian Benson with one of their treasured grandchildren

For Brian Benson, it was the draw of an active 55+ community near the beach. For his wife Phyllis, an avid traveler, it was more about access to planes, trains, ships and highways. What drew the couple to World Golf Village was that it offered both!

The Bensons, who bought a home in The Cascades, have certainly made the most of life in their new community. We recently caught up with Phyllis to learn more about them.

What do you like best about living in The Cascades?  No yard work! The Cascades offers beautiful and well maintained facilities, an active community life, and friendly neighbors. The first time we walked into our house it felt like coming home for both of us. 

We have attended several functions and met many new friends since joining The Cascades community.  We recently learned that we are part of a growing “younger” crowd moving into The Cascades; the more the merrier.

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Bill Murray and his five brothers opened their first restaurant in St. Augustine’s World Golf Village in 2001.  The restaurant is done in golf décor and memorabilia from its namesake – Caddyshack – the movie which came out in 1980, which was written by one of Bill’s brothers, Brian Doyle-Murray.  The serving staff all sport caddy attire and if you look around, you might see a gopher or two.

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It is hard to believe that there was a time that the World Golf Village consisted of only a sales trailer, guard shack and burgeoning infrastructure, but Davidson Realty’s employee Judy Hagen-Kashou remembers that time well.
Judy and her late husband, George Kashou, moved to the World Golf Village in August of 1998 from Chicago, but they had been coming to St. Augustine long before that as Judy had family in the area and they had been reading all of the press releases on what was to come and were excited about the project.  In effect, they watched the World Golf Village grow and they decided that they wanted to be a part of it.  With this decision made, their Panitz home was the third home constructed in Turnberry in the Neighborhoods of World Golf Village.

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