Celebrity Golf History

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Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Frank Sinatra

The Pebble Beach Golf links course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant with the objective to place as many holes as possible along the rocky and beautiful Monterey coast line. They accomplished this goal using a “figure 8” layout, and the course opened February 22, 1919.

Eighteen years later, Bing Crosby hosted the first National Pro-Am Golf Championship in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The event, familiarly referred to as “The Crosby Clambake”, was won by Sam Snead who received the victor’s purse of $500.

The tournament remained at this location up until the United States’ involvement in World War Two, being shelve for the years 1943 to 1946. Following the war, the tournament relocated to Pebble Beach, where it remains to this day. The 2012 tournament awarded $6.4 million in prize money, with the champion pocketing $1,152,000.00.

Then, as now, much of the tournament’s allure came from the celebrities, the movers and shakers from stage, screen, the arena and boardroom. Competitors who eagerly accepted invitations to play alongside those who had gained an elite degree of mastery over a game both profoundly humbling and richly rewarding.

For sixty five years professional golfers and celebrity duffers have come together to play a game they love in front of the fans who adore them at a place of ethereal beauty. They raise money for charities aimed at improving the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. Whatever the name, Crosby Clambake or The AT&T National, we are all winners.

Demetrius R. Evans ~ Copyright © 2012, CelebrityGolf.com

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