ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – It’s the final act for the IMAX Theater at World Golf Village – marking the final round for the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Louis County. Johns. Documentary films are shown in the venue all week. Tuesday was supposed to be the last show, but according to the IMAX website, it has been extended until this weekend.
The museum, theater and gift shop are officially closing after 25 years. He will be moving back to Pinehurst, North Carolina, where he started.
While the closure is turning heads, local business owners in the same complex say they’re not going anywhere.
Lauren Melton and her niece Adalia made one last stop at the World Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon to catch an IMAX movie.
“He’s always been a part of our lives, and now he’s a part of hers, so we came over last week,” Melton said.
They visited the museum last week and said goodbye to a special place.
Although the World Golf Hall of Fame is the centerpiece, it is not the only activity. There is a wedding hall, restaurant, hotel and other shops that remain open. Their owners want to make it clear that they have no plans to close or relocate them.
“We are 5,000 square feet and thriving. There’s stuff going on here all the time,” said Patricia Felix, stylist at Christine Keller’s Trilogy Day Spa. It’s a full-service spa right outside the soon-to-be-closed Hall of Fame. She and other small business owners said they’re not going anywhere.
“We’re sad to see it go, but we’re thriving, growing and doing well,” Felix said.
How about the famous and eclectic restaurant Murray Bros. Caddyshack? Despite neighborhood rumors, the general manager said this golf-themed sports grill is here to stay, too.
“It’s a little bittersweet, it’s the end of an era, but we’re looking to the future for something to happen that will hopefully be really nice for everyone in the area,” Caddyshack general manager Scott Dietter said.
While the number of visitors to the Hall of Fame has declined over the years — the area’s population is booming — new residents arrive daily.
Now – the big question… what’s next? County of St. Johns wants the community’s input on this. Those interested in commenting can visit http://www.sjcfl.us/wgv/.
“I think it’s such a wonderful facility with fantastic facilities, so very curious to see what’s next,” Melton said. They are still negotiating with the municipality.
On October 7th, Trilogy Day Spa will celebrate the start of its 3rd year. The spa is working with the Donna Foundation and will have a mammography bus. Keller said they were “celebrating awareness of women’s empowerment in the community. All of the small businesses within the Trilogy are growing and thriving despite the negative news. As sad as we are that the Hall of Fame building may be leaving, we are excited that it will give way to something new and perhaps encouraging for this wonderful elite area!”
Schedules and ticket information for the latest IMAX shows can be found here: https://www.worldgolfimax.com/.
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