Category Archives: Las Vegas Golf History

The history of golf in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Golf Courses Designed By Top Architects

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Looking Back: Jack Nicklaus’ First Words About Las Vegas’ Reflection Bay Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus' work at Bear's Best replicates some of his finest designed golf holes

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]