Episode 006 | Brian Hurlburt’s Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame

episode 006 las vegas golf hall of fame

We are changing it up this episode and heading out of the studio and taking the show on the road.

That’s right, today we will doing an interview from the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame at the historic Las Vegas National Golf Club.

I need to warn you that the audio is this episode is not great because we recorded it outside on the patio at the Las Vegas National Golf Club (Formerly Las Vegas Hilton Golf Club, Stardust Country Club, Sahara-Nevada Country Club and Sahara Country Club).

It was either that or try to record inside the clubhouse, with a loud bar, full of happy golfers, telling their tall tales of their play that day (I think alcohol may have caused it to be louder).

We will have more info about the Las Vegas National Golf Club las vegas hilton cc entranceand the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame at the bottom of these show notes.

We are recorded video of this interview and we will also have that below, so that you can see video of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.

The gentleman we have on this episode has dedicated much of his life to golf in Las Vegas. He has been the narrator of the Las Vegas golf scene since 1993, after graduating with a degree in Communications, from our hometown university, UNLV.

He was a co-founder of Vegas Golfer Magazine, has been published in Golf Magazine and has appeared on various television and radio shows, talking about golf.

He has authored a book called The Las Vegas Country Club: Chronicle of an Icon, which is available on Amazon and co-authored CITY OF CHAMPIONS: THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL GOLF IN LAS VEGAS, with Jack Sheehan.

Currently he serves as the Founding editor of GolfLasVegasNow.Com and MesquiteGolfNow.Com and President of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.

If it’s about golf or specifically golf in Las Vegas, Brian probably has his hands in it.

Getting To Know Brian Hurlburt

How and when did you first get introduced to golf?

It was my grandfather on my father’s side, but I didn’t play that much as a kid. I played in college for fun and recreation.

I started writing for Las Vegas Golf Magazine about 20 years ago and the rest is history.

What do you think is the biggest misconception of the game by non-golfers?

There is many…that it’s an old man’s game, it’s only for the rich and it’s difficult to play. There are a lot of golf courses out there that are less expensive, there is a more diverse crowd than people think.

What is your least favorite rule or part of golf?

If you aren’t playing competitively you shouldn’t get too bogged down with the rules.

I think the golf community needs to be a little more welcoming.

How often do you play these days?

I don’t play as much as I’d like, but I try to sneak out in the afternoons, with my teenage son as much as possible. I also play some charity events.

Do you have a favorite golf club or one that you always seem to hit well? (7 iron, Pitching wedge?)

52 degree wedge or 56 degree wedge.

What is your favorite place that you’ve played golf? (Hawaii, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Myrtle Beach, Florida, etc)

I’ve had the opportunity to play all over. I’ve played here in Las Vegas, California and Arizona a lot, but I don’t necessarily have a favorite area… maybe the San Diego area, where I’ve spent time with my family when I was younger.

If you could pick 3 people to be in your “Ultimate 4-Some”, who would they be?

I would keep it in the family. My dad and two boys. I would also extend that invite to the rest of my family.

Quick Fire Round (Short and Sweet Answers)

  1. What is your current handicap if you had one? 6
  2. What is the worst round of golf that you can remember and will admit to? I broke out some new Rocket Blades Irons…played Rio Secco and it was like I’ve never played before… 57-ish
  3. What is your favorite golf course? Torrey Pines
  4. What is your favorite golf movie? Caddyshack
  5. Who is your all-time favorite golf professional, alive or dead? Craig Barlow, a local player who I think hasn’t got the recognition he deserves

The Little Known History of Golf in Las Vegas

Many people don’t know that Tiger Woods first win was the Las Vegas Invitational. One, of the 5 rounds played at the event, was played at the Las Vegas Hilton Country Club. Woods shot 70 (par), before taking it deep over the weekend.

The first ever Tournament of Champions was played in Las Vegas, in 1953. It used to be the opening tournament to the PGA tour, until the tour went to an October to September rotation.

It was played at the Desert Inn Country Club from 1953 until 1966. It was moved to the Stardust Country Club (now Las Vegas National) for 1967 and 1968 and then was moved to the La Costa Resort and Spa until 1999.

That event is now the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and is the calendar year opening event, at the Plantation Golf Course at Kapalua, in Maui, Hawaii.

The first purse gave Al Besselink a $10, 000 first prize.

First place now pays out approximately $1.1 million!

More than 100 PGA, LPGA, Senior events have been played here.

The 1998 UNLV Rebels won the collegiate National Golf Championship. It was the second national championship for UNLV. Previously, they won the 1991 Collegiate Basketball Championship under Jerry Tarkanian.

Golf Course Designers

Almost of the major golf course designers have built golf courses here. We’ve listed a few of them below.

  • Tom Fazio: Shadow Creek, Primm Valley Golf Club and another coming to Summerlin
  • Jack Nicklaus: Bear’s Best, Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas, South Shore at Lake Las Vegas, Coyote Springs (outside Las Vegas)
  • Robert Trent Jones JR: Spanish Trails Country Club, Southern Highlands Country Club
  • Pete Dye: Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf Courses at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Club
  • Billy Casper/Greg Nash: Highland Falls Golf Club, Palm Valley Golf Club and Eagle Crest Golf Club, Revere Golf Club
  • Johnny Miller: Badlands Golf Club
  • Arnold Palmer, Bob Cupp, Ed Seay, John Fought: Angel Park

Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame

Walk us through how the idea for The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Famelas vegas golf hof came about?

The LVGHOF started in 1991 as the Southern Nevada Golf Hall of Fame and it was run by the Southern Nevada Golf Association.

They approached Brian and Jack Sheehan about taking it over. Jack Sheehan and Brian took it over in 1998 and it is now the official kick off event for the PGA tour. The induction ceremony takes place during the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

They also have a charity event at the beautiful Cascata Golf Club every year.

The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is currently located inside of the clubhouse of the historic Las Vegas National Golf Club.

It is free to anyone who wants to check it out. The Las Vegas National Golf Club is only 5-10 minutes east of the famous Las Vegas strip!

Golf has seen a big decline over the past decade or two. What do you see for the future of golf, not only in Las Vegas, but for golf as a whole?

The economy was a big part of that. There are stats showing the game isn’t as dead as people think. Check where we are now to where we were before the crash and we are still ahead of the game.

The whole issue with golf attire needs to be addressed. You can go into a 5-star restaurant wearing nice jeans and a t-shirt, but you can’t go to a golf course dressed that way. The golf “dress code” is somewhat antiquated and may need to be readdressed.

JR golf is coming back with PGA JR Golf League. The team atmosphere is helping. Kids like the team camaraderie of the team aspect of that. Golf doesn’t have that as a solo sport.


Final Questions

What has been the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that has helped you play better golf?

The Las Vegas Country Club had a head professional named Arthur Nightingale, in the 60’s. He told me something that is pretty controversial.

It’s OK to move your head.

He wrote an article about it for Golf Magazine and it wasn’t well received.

What has been the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that has helped you do better in business or life?

 Find something that you enjoy doing and be passionate about it.

I enjoyed writing and it lead me to golf.

Contacting Brian

WEBSITES: GolfLasVegasNow.comLasVegasGolfInsider.com

EMAIL: bhurlburt@cox.net

You can DONATE or buy tickets to events for the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame at LasVegasGolfHOF.com


As always my friends…Long and straight!


Paul “The Golf Guy” Charron

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