Desert Mountain Golf Club

Desert Mountain Golf Club - Golf Leisure Magazine 150518

Ever since its creation, the tournament has been held in Arizona, at the Cochise Golf Course of the Desert Mountain Golf Club.

After many years had gone by, the tournament changed venues, right now the tournament is ongoing and Jeff Maggert is in the lead and the tournament has found its way to Alabama, to be more specific in Shelby County, the course they’re in was designed by one Jack Nicklaus in 1970 and then it finally opened in the year 1977 and it’s no secret that Jack Nicklaus has won the tournament at least four times, the Champions is usually played around this time of the year, in the month of May, the par is 72 and the length is 7,231 yards, the Shoal Creek Club, is an invitation only privately owned club.

The champion’s tour is one of the five major championships, this tournament is mostly for golfers who are age 50 and up. This tournament first started in the 1980’s as a PGA tour specifically designed for seniors, with only four events. The Champions tour was initially conceived to give a sort of financial support for the players and to inspire people, and the tournament is used also to create funds for charity, the hosts of the tournament believe firmly in keeping a strong and healthy community. The Champions tournament has amassed a large amount of money for all of the charities it has going on. The tour on one occasion generated a little bit over than $100 million dollars, the year was 2009. The Champions tournament is not officially recognized by the European Tour as a major, and is not a part of the regular schedule of the tour.

For future references the tournament is going to continue being hosted in Alabama until 2018; this is the 35th season that this tournament has been going and the slogan that has always remained the same and has been an integral part of this championship and its “Together anything is possible”, this fits perfectly with the design of the course, since it was built from the ground up to be challenging but at the same time to be fair to the player, well at least that was the idea that Hall Thompson firmly believed in, when he built it.


Dennis Racket
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