World Golf Hall of Fame member Bob Hope shared his love of golf with millions and beginning Saturday, Nov. 8, the hall in St. Augustine, Fla., will pay tribute to his life in a special exhibition, "Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory."
Set to offer the largest collection of Hope memorabilia ever placed on public display in a single exhibition, "Shanks" will remain on display throughout 2009.
"The family is thrilled that the World Golf Hall of Fame is going to exhibit Dad's golf memorabilia," said Linda Hope, Bob Hope's daughter. "Dad would have loved the idea that things he saved and cherished will finally be shared with others who love the game of golf."
Visitors will find rich storytelling alongside more than 300 artifacts as they wind through a variety of set pieces designed to reflect the different eras and locations significant to Hope's life, including England, Cleveland, New York, Hollywood, Palm Springs, Washington, D.C., and sites of USO shows around the world.
Some highlights include:
The Old Tom Morris Award presented to him by GCSAA in 1984, along with information from GCM magazine about the presentation
The 1997 Congressional Resolution naming Hope an Honorary Veteran for his humanitarian services to the United States Armed Forces, which was the first such award granted in American history
The Knight Commander of the British Empire Medal (KBE) Hope received in 1999, when he became only the third American to receive the award at the time
The Honorary Oscar Hope received at the 25th Annual Academy Awards in 1953 "For His Contribution To The Laughter Of The World - His Service To The Motion Picture Industry and His Devotion To The American Premise"
The PGA money clip he received in 1942 by the PGA of America, which he carried through his life
A familiar driver that Hope used on stage as a prop during his USO Tours
"Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory" is the latest in a series of Hall of Fame member-focused exhibitions developed by the World Golf Hall of Fame. Other members that have been featured include Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. For more visit www.wgv.com.