The SCGA recognizes a noteworthy group of individuals who have shaped the game we love. These honorees represent those who brought the game to Southern California, who nurtured it through early decades into the first great Golden Age of golf course construction in the 1920s, who kept it alive during the Great Depression and World War II, and who had a vision for growth in the post-war era. Scott Medlock, one of America’s foremost artists, has been commissioned to be the official artist for the SCGA Hall of Fame since its inception in 2007.
Although he made his name as a singer, vaudeville performer and silver screen luminary, Bing Crosby would probably prefer to be remembered as a two handicap who competed in both the British and U.S. Amateur championships, a five-time club champion at Lakeside Golf Club, and as one of only a few players to have made a hole-in-one on the 16th at Cypress Point. In 1937, Bing Crosby hosted the first National Pro-Am Golf Championship, the 'Crosby Clambake' as it was popularly known, at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Now the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, it has been a leading event in the world of professional golf.
Bob Hope’s love for the game, and the humor he could find in it, made him one of the most enthusiastic players to have ever played the game. As he traversed the globe entertaining both black-tie audiences and battalions of soldiers, Hope made a second career of teeing it up with Presidents, Princes and Kings. Hope took the reins of the annual Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs in 1960. He was a life-long member of Lakeside Golf Club.
Dinah Shore didn't take up the game until the age of 52, and yet she was an illuminating presence for women's golf. Since 1972, her eponymous tournament has been one of the LPGA's most visible. Shore's name helped insure network television coverage back when it was a precious commodity, which in turn helped her tournament set the curve for purse increases. She became the first female member at Hillcrest Country Club, and her home away from home was Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.