Originally created 05/17/98

Golf scores with 'mulligan' hall of fame



ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The roof was leaking and the money was lacking. The turnstiles never turned very quickly at golf's Hall of Fame.

Located for 20 years off the beaten path in the golf mecca of Pinehurst, N.C., it wasn't even the prime attraction. Fans didn't make a pilgrimage to Pinehurst to see Nicklaus, Hogan and Jones. They went there to play golf.

So, golf did what any weekend player would do when his first shot strays into the woods: It took a mulligan.

The second shot is a keeper.

The World Golf Hall of Fame, the centerpiece of the $350 million World Golf Village located about 30 minutes south of Jacksonville, opens Monday when Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller are inducted. The 71 other members, whose shrine has been nothing more than boxes in storage the past four years, also will be ushered into their new home.

Unlike the bronze busts at Cooperstown and Canton, golf hall of famers are commemorated with crystal cones containing their image. A computer monitor displays facts, sounds and pictures of each member's career.

"This is long overdue," said Karen Bednarski, director of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "We've got Cooperstown and Canton (Ohio). Now, we have the World Golf Village."

What makes it truly a World Golf Hall of Fame is that every major golf organization has come on board, from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews to Augusta National to the PGA of America, which ran the old hall in Pinehurst, N.C.