PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- In conjunction with the celebration of both The PGA of America's 95th Anniversary
and PGA Village's 15th Anniversary, the PGA Historical Center was renamed the PGA Museum of Golf on Jan. 1, 2011.
The Museum is being renamed to better define the purpose of the historical building, which houses a myriad of
golf artifacts and remembrances that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The PGA Museum of Golf extends The PGA's ability to preserve the history of the game and further educate golfers about the vital role played by the Association and PGA Professionals.
"Since the PGA Museum of Golf opened as the PGA Historical Center in 2002, it has been recognized as one of the most prestigious in the world," said Allen Wronowski, PGA President. "The Museum will build on that identity and bring the history of The PGA to life in an exciting, interactive and dynamic way."
Admission to the PGA Museum of Golf is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Easter. Researchers may access the facility during off-hours by appointment. Visitors to the PGA Museum of Golf will experience new, interactive touchscreen units that will provide them with an opportunity to learn more about the men who have held the office of PGA President; access to highlights of PGA of America spectator Championships; and profiles of notable PGA members who are the recognized Experts in the Game and Business of Golf.
There are also several new displays including:
* A PGA 95th Anniversary collage that celebrates the people who have made The PGA and the game special
* New areas dedicated to PGA Past Presidents and PGA Honorary Members
* 2010 Ryder Cup memorabilia from the riveting competition at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales
* New timeline walls that provide a dynamic visual presentation of PGA history
* A special exhibit that showcases personal items loaned by 1958 PGA Champion Dow Finsterwald - the first PGA Champion in the Stroke-Play era.
A new interactive PGA.com/museum web site dedicated solely to the PGA Museum of Golf is launching in the first week of January. The site will provide images and videos from the rich history of The PGA, in order to encourage golfers to visit the museum and conduct research in the Probst Library. Visit PGA.com/museum or call 800-800-GOLF (4653) for details.