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St. Augustine, Fla. (August 23, 2021) – The World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Fla. recently welcomed Rick Waters as the club’s new Director of Food & Beverage. Waters will oversee all food and beverage operations at The King & Bear and Slammer & Squire including AJ’s Kitchen & Cocktails (a Southern Coastal dining venue which opened to rave reviews last summer), the Legend’s Grille, WGV Eats food trailer, beverage cart operations, on-premises and off-premises catering and social events.

Waters joins the World Golf Village Resort with a strong background in developing food and beverage operations and enhancing guest service standards. Waters began his hospitality career at The University Club at Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. and went on to work at The University Club in Jacksonville, Fla. He then went on to the highly acclaimed oceanfront resort The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. where he worked with current World Golf Village’s Chef Chris Pickren. Most recently, Waters served as assistant general manager at the historic Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club in Jacksonville.

“Rick’s combination of experience, personality, and collaborative leadership style make him the ideal fit,” said Lon Grundy, general manager, World Golf Village Resort. “Rick is accomplished at delivering unparalleled member and guest experiences.”

Home to two award-winning golf courses, the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire, and the recently celebrated AJ’s Kitchen & Cocktails, the golf and club operations at The World Golf Village are professionally managed by Honours Golf, a division of Troon. For more information, visit or call (904) 940-6088.

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 was acquired by Troon and operates as a subsidiary of the global brand. Honours currently operates 25 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. The company has plans to grow the Honours Golf brand through third-party management.

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 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 Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, California; Yas Links Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Georgia; and Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Connecticut. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.

Media Contact:
Rob Myers