“This area is dedicated to professional golf and to those Colorado Section PGA Professionals, past and present, who have had a profound impact on the history of the game.”
The Colorado PGA is an organization steeped in history. Housed in the hallways of the Colorado-Section offices and in the lobby of The Golf Club at Bear Dance, memorabilia dating back to its inception in the 1950s provides visitors with an insight into the evolution of the Section. The Historical Center was dedicated on May 13, 2003.
As one member stated, “The association has come a long way over the years from the time when meeting were held in farm-house basements to what it is today.
In 1957, Noble Chalfant and Gene Root founded the Colorado PGA Section as the 31st Section of The PGA of America with 30 members. Documenting the focal points of the progress of the Colorado PGA, story boards bring the history of the Section back to life.
Perusing the information, it becomes obvious of the contributions from recognizable Coloradoan like Noble Chalfant, Dow Finsterwald, Warren Smith and Vic Kline. But, did you know that Chi Chi Rodriguez, assistant professional at The Broadmoor, won the 1963 Denver Open; or that Tony Novitsky, Colorado PGA Section Professional of the Year, was the host professional for the 1967 PGA Championship at Columbine Country Club; or that Arnold Palmer won the inaugural Denver Post Champions of Golf Tournament at Pinehurst Country Club in 1982?
Featured Exhibits include:
- Timeline of Professional Golf In Colorado
- Display Cases of Memorabilia from Dow Finsterwald, Charles 'Vic' Kline and Steve Jones
- Colorado PGA Members of the Colorado Hall of Fame
- PGA of America National Award Recipients
- Professional Tournaments Hosted in Colorado
- Colorado PGA Annual Award Recipients
The doors of the Colorado PGA Section Offices are open to anyone wishing to take a stroll down memory lane. We hope to see you soon!