Nevada Golf Hall of Fame
by Joe Morris
Hall of Fame awaits
Valley View Golf Club
It may sound odd for an entire club to be
inducted into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.
Normally it would be one individual player or a key
golf industry stalwart as is the case with the other
2012 inductees. Valley View Golf Club, however, is
deserving of this accolade as an entire organization
for several reasons. First, it may well be the oldest
golf club in Las Vegas. Valley View formed in early
1958, the same year Arnold Palmer won his first
green jacket and Amen Corner was named such.
The club is also unique in that the Valley View
Golf Club was initially organized as a means for
predominantly Black golfers to unite and fellowship
in meaningful golfing competition, especially since
certain doors in our community were not yet open
to individuals of color.
Shortly after being formed, they associated
themselves with the Western States Golf Association
in order to expand their competitive opportunities.
Soon, the members of Valley View Golf Club began
to introduce and promote the game of golf to
minority youth in the Southern Nevada community.
This relationship exists today through initiatives
such as The First Tee of Southern Nevada of which
Valley View member, Jim Hart (pictured), serves as
The club today is as strong as ever with 90
members of all ages who play weekly events at
Palm Valley and Highland Falls in Summerlin. Active
travelling schedules for events staged amongst 30
similar clubs in the west keeps competition fierce.
Audrey Jordan, who is the current club president,
makes it clear that of course anyone can join
the Valley View Golf Club; nonetheless it remains
primarily comprised of African-American golfers.
Speaking of the early years of the club, “It is
interesting to note that several of Valley View
founders and early members were leaders in the
struggle to break the chains of discrimination in
our community. There was a realization from our
founders and early members that people of color
must build coalitions in order to mobilize power to
shape the forces that control their lives and destiny.
They sincerely believed there was no limit to the
good that they could accomplish collectively.”
For these reasons and more the Valley View Golf
Club will officially take its place in the Las Vegas Golf
Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony on Saturday,
September 29, 2012 as the kick-off event of a
week full of activities during the Justin Timberlake
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Other 2012 inductees include Charley Hoffman, Seth
“Mac” McCoy, and Ryan Moore.