The Humana Challenge PGA Tour event comes to La Quinta January 16-22. The host course will be La Quinta’s PGA West Palmer Private golf course. Both Pro’s and amateurs will also play the PGA West Nicklaus Private golf course and the storied La Quinta Country Club. Golf course home and condo owners and their guests at the three courses will have front row luxury viewing of all the golf action.
The Former Bob Hope Classic is still a premier PGA Tour event, but in addition to the new name, it will have a new focus on health and well-being and will showcase the benefits of living healthier lives.
Former President Bill Clinton recently meet with Humana Chairman and CEO Mike McCallister and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem to announce the new event. President Clinton will host the “Health Matters: Activating Wellness In Every Generation” national conference on January 17 in Indian Wells.
Playing With PGA Tour Pros
This event brings back found memories for my husband Bill as he was selected by draw to play in the Hope celebrity field for four rounds with celebrity playing partners Marcus Allen and Sterling Sharp. Bill's group was then paired in the tournament playing rounds with golf major winners Corey Pavin, Mike Weir, Justin Leonard (who won the event that year) and on the final day with John Daly and some huge galleries.
"All the crowds and pressure kind of got me amped up," Bill said. "As a 14 handicap, I averaged four natural birdies each day and while playing with Daly I missed a hole in one by about two inches. With crowds four deep lining the fairways during Saturday's round, I kept thinking to myself just don't hit anyone!"