The CareerBuilder Challenge is one of the only PGA TOUR events that features Pro-Am play along with tournament play for the first 54 holes. Each of the 156 PGA TOUR pros plays with a different amateur partner each day on different courses for three days. The three courses are: The Stadium Course at PGA WEST (host course), the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST, and the La Quinta Country Club. On Sunday, the low 70 professionals and ties play the final round of the 72-hole PGA TOUR tournament at The Stadium Course at PGA WEST. The top three low net and top three low gross amateurs also play on Sunday, to determine the overall CareerBuilder Challenge Amateur Champion.
Since its inception, Desert Classic Charities, the beneficiary of the CareerBuilder Challenge, has contributed more than $58 million to the Eisenhower Medical Center and surrounding Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations. Its scope of giving is broad and includes structured and mentoring programs for children, social services, and food and safe shelter for the less fortunate. Desert Classic Charities is dedicated to continuing its mission to serve human needs in the Coachella Valley and beyond by generating funds and opportunities through the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Continuing the Legacy
A classic tournament is born
In 1962, Bob Hope teamed with Arnold Palmer to win the pro-am portion of the Palm Springs Desert Classic. Three years later, the event was re-named the Bob Hope Desert Classic and the legendary performer became the indelible master of ceremonies for what would become one of the most beloved events in golf.
From 1965-2011, Hope’s named graced the tournament and his presence could always be felt. America’s biggest names, from presidents to celebrities to the pros, would come out to the Coachella Valley for great laughs and, sometimes, better golf.
The Hope legacy lives on
In 2012, the tournament struck new sponsorship deals with a pair of new partners and evolved into the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
In May 2015, human capital solutions global leader CareerBuilder assumed title sponsorship from Humana and entered into a six-year pact (through 2021) with the PGA TOUR to have the tournament renamed the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
In May 2016, World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time event champion Phil Mickelson joins the CareerBuilder Challenge as ambassador of the tournament. Clinton Foundation ends their official role with the PGA TOUR event.
The event’s organizers work with diligence and pride to maintain the legacy of its smiling host. Hope’s iconic image can be seen throughout the tournament’s facilities, and is highlighted in several places including:
The tournament winner receives the Bob Hope Memorial Trophy.
The iconic Bob Hope Classic golf cart is on display at the PGA WEST Stadium Course during tournament week.
The Bob Hope Club sits around the 18th green at The Stadium Course at PGA WEST and offers some of the best seating for the event.
The Stadium Course at PGA WEST clubhouse entrance has been redesigned to feature the tournament’s history as a tribute to Bob Hope.
Perhaps the greatest legacy left by Bob Hope is the event’s continued charitable contributions to the Coachella Valley. After all, it is known as the tournament that built Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and the tournament office remains on that location to this day. Since 1960, Desert Classic Charities, the non-profit entity that organizes the event, has donated more than $58 million to Eisenhower Medical Center and many other charitable organizations within the valley.
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