Public - Golf History


     Golf history hosted at Broadmoor over the years included the Seattle $10,000 Open Tournament in 1945 with Byron Nelson, Jug McSpaden, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. Nelson took the tournament with a new world’s record of 259 for 72 holes, 21 under par.

     In 1952 at the Women’s Weathervane Tournament, Betsy Rawls bested Babe Zaharias. In 1954 the 52nd Western Amateur brought Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Phil Harris to the course. In 1961 Broadmoor hosted the 13th annual USGA Girl’s Junior Golf Championship and the Seattle Open where Dave Marr captured the $3,500 prize; Miller Barber won $10,000 for a hole-in-one on #7.

     With the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, the Seattle Open attracted Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tony Lema, Ken Venturi, Dave Hill, Julius Boros, Doug Sanders, Jack Nicklaus, Hollywood stars Bob Hope, James Garner, Don Cherry, Dennis Morgan, and Phil Crosby, and a crowd of 6,000 for the Pro Am. In 1964 the Seattle Open was held for the last time at Broadmoor. Billy Casper claimed the winner’s circle.

     The USGA Women’s National Amateur Championship in 1974 brought winner Cindy Hill of The Broadmoor in Colorado. The strong field included Nancy Lopez and Amy Alcott.

     Broadmoor hosted the Pac-10 Men’s Golf Championship in 1989 and 1999. Paul Casey, from Arizona State University, set the men’s competitive course record of 60 in 1999 as he advanced to win the individual honors. The Women’s Pac-10 Championships were held in 2007 and Anna Nordquist, also from Arizona State University, set the women’s competitive course record of 69. More recently, Broadmoor hosted the expanded Pac-12 women’s event in 2018, which saw Patty Tavatankit, from UCLA, win the event.

     The current course record (non-competition) was shot by Fred Couples, who eagled the 18th hole to shoot 59 in 2015.