The home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is a museum-quality exhibit featuring classic photos and memorabilia from such Las Vegas golf champions as Jim Colbert, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam and many others at Las Vegas National Golf Club.
A special unveiling of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame ceremony in 2009 featured members of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame, committee members, dignitaries, area golf professionals, tour players, and amateurs. The home is in the clubhouse of the historic Las Vegas National Golf Club, a Las Vegas golf course that has hosted events on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. The home exhibit features a museum-quality exhibit designed by Las Vegas’ Cypress Architecture with input from current Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame committee members and other golf community leaders. The exhibit is the first all-encompassing tribute to the long history and tradition of Las Vegas golf ever created. The exhibit is open to the public during Las Vegas National Golf Club regular hours of operation.
The exhibit area features an extensive Las Vegas golf timeline that brings to life such important Las Vegas golf dates and events as the PGA Tour’s inaugural Tournament of Champions that was played at Las Vegas’ Desert Inn Golf Club in 1953; the 1983 Panasonic Las Vegas Pro-Celebrity Classic, the PGA Tour’s first-ever tournament with a million-dollar prize purse; professional victories at Las Vegas golf events by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Mickey Wright, Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman and Karrie Webb; and the 1998 UNLV NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.
Other highlights are an area with photos and bios of Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame members including PGA Tour players Tommy Armour III, Chris Riley and Robert Gamez, former Champions Tour Player of the Year Jim Colbert, World Number One Golf Instructor Butch Harmon, standout amateur player and current Southern Nevada Golf Association President Brady Exber and community leader and amateur player Helen Cannon. Also, the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Wall of Champions will feature photos and information from the more than 80 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour events that have been played in the Las Vegas area. And a special tribute to local amateur champions, junior golf and area professionals will be included. Plus Tiger Woods’ first PGA Tour victory at the 1996 Las Vegas Golf Invitational is commemorated. Vintage Las Vegas Golf memorabilia is also be placed throughout the new exhibit.
“It is a thrill for the committee to reveal the new home exhibit that now lives up to the excellence of the Las Vegas golfers that are members of this prestigious hall of fame, and to honor the tremendous history of golf in the Las Vegas area,” says Brian Hurlburt, President of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame committee. “Las Vegas National Golf Club is a great choice as the home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame exhibit because of the deep history of the course, plus the convenient location that is minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and in the heart of the Las Vegas Valley. But one of the most intriguing aspects of the exhibit is that it was designed to be mobile, and plans are for pieces of it to be displayed at major Las Vegas golf events and tournaments, and this exhibit will be shared and embraced by the entire Las Vegas golf community and other Las Vegas golf courses as the years go by. And we plan to continue to evolve and update the exhibit on a regular basis.”
The Hall of Fame was formerly known as the Southern Nevada Golf Hall of Fame, but committee members voted to change the name to best capture the essence and passion of the Las Vegas golf community. The Patrón Spirits Company is the official sponsor of the pre and post-tournament festivities. And The Cashman Family has made a generous contribution to the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. And in 2010, the Las Vegas Founders donated money to create a new exhibit which will be unveiled on June 28, 2010.
About Las Vegas National Golf Club
Las Vegas National Golf Club is located less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip and is one of the most historic golf courses in Las Vegas. Las Vegas National Golf Club is past host of the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions, Sahara Invitational and Las Vegas Invitational, in addition to the LPGA Tour’s LPGA Championship. Las Vegas National Golf Club was one of three Las Vegas golf courses used during the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational when Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour title. Las Vegas National is a resort course that is open for public play, and both visiting and local Las Vegas golfers are welcome.