Archives for Las Vegas Golf History

Las Vegas Golf Courses Designed By Top Architects

Las Vegas, Nevada (Nov. 1, 2015)–Las Vegas golf courses–and there are more than 70 in the Las Vegas Golf Region–have been designed by some of the biggest and most successful golf course architects in history. Names who have designed Las Vegas golf courses include Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Billy Casper and Greg Nash, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Sr., Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and many others. You owe it to yourself to make your Las Vegas golf tee times reservations and play some of these Las Vegas golf courses soon. Las Vegas Golf Courses Guide (click) Not only
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PGA Tour’s SBS Championship Has Roots at Las Vegas National Golf Club

January 6, 2009–As the start of the 2010 PGA Tour season is unveiled this week with the SBS Championship, those with historical knowledge will remember this event has its roots right here on Las Vegas golf courses. The SBS is the new incarnation of the Tournament of Champions, an event that was first played in Las Vegas and the Desert Inn in 1953. The event later moved to Las Vegas National Golf Club. Cool news? You can play pretty much the same Las Vegas National layout that the legends played in 1967 and 1968.
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TPC Las Vegas Is Where PGA Tour Champions Are Decided, Groomed

February 16, 2009–TPC Las Vegas is where the pros play–and have played–in Las Vegas. These days, a who's who of Las Vegas golfers who play on the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour, play and practice at this Las Vegas golf course. But what also makes TPC Las Vegas is the list of the world's best golfers who have claimed championships on the course. That Las Vegas golf champions' list includes Hale Irwin (twice), Larry Nelson, Bruce Fleischer, Bill Glasson, Jim Furyk (twice) and many others.
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Yes, That WAS Jack Nicklaus at Bear’s Best Las Vegas!

February 11, 2009–So, once upon a time, there was a foursome playing Bear's Best Las Vegas, a Las Vegas golf course that oozes Jack Nicklaus at every turn and on every hole. This Las Vegas golf course was created when Nicklaus and his design team pored over thousands of holes from golf courses that he and they had designed, dwindling it to the 18 best. Then they re-created them in the Las Vegas desert. And for one group of Las Vegas golfers playing the course, a certain Golden Bear played through the foursome.
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Vegas Photographer Remembers That It’s Good To Be The King For Butch Harmon

January 28, 2009–Long before Butch Harmon, the World's Best Golf Instructor, opened up the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas golf course Rio Secco Golf Club, he was the personal pro for true royalty, Morocco's King Hassan II. Then he became the personal pro for true golf kings Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, among others. So it was an easy call for this writer to headline a VegasGolfer Magazine article, 'The King of Swing', and then to work with Las Vegas golf photographer J Rick Martin to convince Harmon to wear a crown and robe for a photo shoot. Well,
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Looking Back: Jack Nicklaus’ First Words About Las Vegas’ Reflection Bay Golf Club

January 4, 2009–Whenever Jack Nicklaus hits Las Vegas, it's a big deal. But flash back to the mid nineties–when Nicklaus was knee deep in the creation of his first two Las Vegas golf courses and a guy named Tiger was just hitting the scene–and those visits were extra special because there was still no denying who the biggest name in golf was. Nicklaus first designed the private SouthShore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort but soon followed with Reflection Bay Golf Club, Las Vegas' first Nicklaus resort golf course. "It's not often you get the opportunity on a body of
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Las Vegas PGA Tour Golfer Robert Gamez ‘Remembers’ Record at Painted Desert

January 2, 2009–Robert Gamez, who grew up playing on Las Vegas golf courses, was the 1990 Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour. He won two events that year, including his first official start on the PGA Tour, the Northern Telecom Tucson Open, but then didn't win again until the 2005 Valero Texas Open. But back in 1992*, Gamez fired a 10-under par 62 at the new Painted Desert Golf Club. That round still stands as the official course record.
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Lifetime Moment Occurs for Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Inductees

October 14, 2008 {UPDATED Oct. 15}–Four golfers with strong ties to the Las Vegas golf community are being inducted into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame in a ceremony that coincides with the playing of Las Vegas' PGA Tour event, the Justin Timblerlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Tommy Armour III, a PGA Tour player who is teeing it up this week, heads the list that also includes longtime Las Vegas golf professional Jerry Roberts, superb amateur player Louis Redden (pictured), and player and administrator Eric Dutt. All four attended a touching and inspirational ceremony October 14 at Las Vegas
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Championship UNLV Golf Team Receives Second Hall of Fame Induction

September 21, 2008–The 1997-98 University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) golf team was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame over the weekend. The team won the National Championship during that fateful season, and was headlined by Las Vegas golf stars future PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour players Charley Hoffman, Jeremy Anderson and Bill Lunde.
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Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger Eagled 18 to Win 1987 Las Vegas Golf Tournament

September 18, 2008–Paul Azinger, the 2008 United States Ryder Cup captain, recently made Las Vegas golfer Chad Campbell (he was an All-American at UNLV) a Captain's Pick, but Azinger's ties to Las Vegas golf and Las Vegas golf courses go back a lot farther than that. During the final round of the 1987 Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational, Azinger stood on the tee box of the par 5, 18th hole at Las Vegas Country Club with a goal in mind. He was tied with Hal Sutton and Curtis Strange. "'I wasn't thinking of eagle, but trying to make a birdie,'' Azinger told the media
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Historic Las Vegas National Golf Club Is The Place to Be

June 9, 2008–UPdate: Las Vegas National is no longer managed by Harrah's. Las Vegas National Golf Club has been the site for numerous big-time Las Vegas golf tournaments and events, including Tiger Woods' epic first PGA Tour win in 1996 at the Las Vegas Invitational. Las Vegas National Golf Club was in the three-course rotation with TPC Summerlin and the Desert Inn Golf Club. This Las Vegas golf course has also played host to other PGA and LPGA Tour events, and saw champions such as Mickey Wright, Jack Nicklaus. Al Geiberger, Davis Love III, and several others host trophies after
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President’s Day Las Vegas Golf Style: Leaders of Free World Play Here

February 18, 2008–Many leaders of the free world have been golfers, and many of them have teed it up on the best Las Vegas golf courses including Las Vegas Country Club, Desert Inn, Southern Highlands Golf Club, Bali Hai Golf Club and Shadow Creek. Bill Clinton (pictured with Michael Jordan) sometimes walks right down the Las Vegas Strip to his Las Vegas golf round while George Bush #41 is the only guy allowed to fish on the hallowed grounds of the Tom Fazio Las Vegas golf course Shadow Creek, the exclusive golf course owned by MGM Mirage. And John F.
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Tiger Woods’ Dominance Started at Three Las Vegas Golf Courses; Is Undefeated Out of the Question?

February 4, 2008–Now that the New England Patriots' quest for perfection is over–much to the chagrin of Las Vegas sports books–there is just one pro sports entity left that can ever successfully negotiate a completely undefeated season in sports. It's our humble opinion that no NFL team will ever match the Patriots' miracle run this year–or the 17-0 Dolphins of 1972–but there is this golfer out there who could go 16-0 in a single year, no matter how far-fetched it sounds: Tiger Woods. He is off to a 2-0 start this year, has won seven of his last eight (with
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Mercedes Benz Championship Born at Historic Las Vegas Golf Course

January 5, 2008–Although this Las Vegas golf course is no longer around–the fabulous Wynn Golf and Country Club now stands where it used to be–there is no denying the history that unfolded at Las Vegas golf's venerable Desert Inn Country Club. Many people might not know that the Mercedes Benz Championship, these days the PGA Tour's kick-off event and formerly called the Tournament of Champions, dates back to 1953 when the very first event was played in Las Vegas at the Desert Inn. A chap named Al Besselink earned $10,000 for winning that event, but he is also said to
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Las Vegas Golf Courses the Home to History

Many people don't realize the golf history that has unfolded on Las Vegas golf courses. In 1953, Al Besselink won the PGA Tour's inaugural Tournament of Champions that was played on the legendary Desert Inn golf course. In 1996, Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event at the Las Vegas Invitational that was played on three courses, Las Vegas National Golf Club, the Desert Inn and TPC Summerlin. But a little known Las Vegas historical nugget is that the new wave of golf ball–the Titleist Pro V1–was first played by PGA Tour pros at the 2000 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas, and Billy Andrade fired five
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Las Vegas Legend Monte Money Still Owns Las Vegas Golf’s Lowest Course Record of 58

May 23, 2007–Course records are to golfers what celebrity hotties are to the general population. Mostly untouchable, but we can dream that one day we score one or both. We all probably have a better chance of hooking up with Britney Spears or Brad Pitt (yes ladies, we care about you here at GLV Now) as we do of shooting 59 to break Tiger Woods' course record at Shadow Creek. But that doesn't mean we all can't fantasize about the day when we do go so low that we enter territory that even the best of the best haven't reached (and then we wake up
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