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King & Bear at World Golf Village honored by Golf Inc. with Golden Fork award

St. Augustine, Fla. (February 18, 2021) – King & Bear at World Golf Village has been honored by Golf Inc. magazine with a 2021 Golden Fork award. AJ’s Kitchen & Cocktails placed second in the New Public Course category in the publication’s annual Golden Fork competition. Golf Inc., the world's only magazine for golf course developers, owners and management company executives, annually recognizes the best new amenities and golf industry’s top dining facilities (Golden Fork Awards) at public and private golf clubs in its February/March issue.

Last summer, King & Bear at World Golf Village completed a nearly $2 million clubhouse renovation project. The project included a complete renovation and rebranding of the restaurant formerly known as The Champions’ Grille, an expansion of the outdoor dining area, upgrades to the golf shop and enhancements to the men’s and women’s locker rooms. AJ’s Kitchen & Cocktails pays homage to the course’s two legendary designers, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The restaurant exudes a Southern Coastal and Lowcountry feel with new flooring, an updated color pallet and new furniture to brighten the interior and add a fresh, modern appearance.  The new open concept offers flexible seating options and new communal tables. In addition, the bar was expanded to twenty seats and includes new flat screen televisions, and the outdoor patio was enlarged to now include covered and non-covered seating, two fire-pits and a relaxing lounge area on the lawn overlooking the 9th and 18th greens. 

AJ's Kitchen & Cocktails Patio at WGV

Golf Inc. recognized 19 honorees this year, 11 in the Golden Fork categories for best new and renovated dining facilities, and eight in three amenity categories.

AJ’s Kitchen & Cocktails’ menu features chef-inspired signature dinner dishes such as the Minorcan Skillet and Atlantic Tuna Poke, a variety of small plate options, freshly made salads, and comfort food with a local twist. Specialty drinks, beer samplers, and a wine wall are also available, along with an array of signature craft cocktails. The restaurant serves lunch daily, offers dinner service Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday brunch.

Troon Design handled the design and architectural changes, while Ben Bradley of Bent Construction of Jacksonville was the project contractor.

Honours Golf, a division of Troon, professionally manages the golf and club operations at the World Golf Village located in St. Augustine, Fla. For more information on the World Golf Village, visit

About the Slammer & Squire and King & Bear 
The Slammer & Squire and King & Bear are the official golf courses of the World Golf Hall of Fame and a part of the World Golf Village located in St. Augustine, Florida. Both courses have been designed by the legends that have shaped the game of golf today. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus teamed up to design their only 18-hole collaboration in the world, the King & Bear, while Bobby Weed, with design consultants Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, designed the Slammer & Squire. With its Honours Golf service-oriented standards, beautiful landscapes and spectacular location, the World Golf Village continuously draws visitors from around the globe.  For more information on the World Golf Village, the Slammer & Squire course or the King & Bear course, visit

About Honours Golf
Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Honours Golf was founded on a vision to provide award-winning golf courses with unparalleled course conditions, hire dedicated team members who share a passion for golf, and deliver impeccable personalized service. As a result, Honours Golf has grown to become the Southeast's leading golf course development and management company. In 2014, Honours Golf was acquired by Troon and operates as a subsidiary of the global brand. Honours Golf currently operates 23 award-winning daily fee, resort and private club facilities including the King & Bear at World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Fla.; Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss., Craft Farms Golf Resort and Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. For more information on Troon’s Honours Golf Division, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 620-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai; Champion Hills in Hendersonville, North Carolina; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For additional news and information, visit

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