LAS VEGAS, NV (May 20, 2021)–Vegas golf oozes history and Las Vegas National Golf Club, which opened as Stardust Country Club in 1961, is a big part of that. Included in this oasis-style course’s past are heavyweight boxing champ Floyd Patterson, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and legendary Las Vegas building designer Walter Zick. Now, please enjoy another Las Vegas Golf Insider “Chronicles of Vegas Golf” story. –By Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider.
The National is located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and winds through the historic Paradise Palms neighborhood. While the 50 or so golf courses around the Las Vegas area may have little slices of history here and there, Las Vegas National’s layout is chock full of memorable events, homes and homeowners. The course is located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and features hundreds of trees and is know for a challenge set of par 3 holes.
Today’s journey begins on the seventh hole. This par-4 reaches a little over 400 yards. Checking out the fairway, the fifth house down the fairway had not one, but two famous owners.
One of them was boxing legend Sonny Liston. Liston, the heavyweight champ in 1962, knocked out Floyd Patterson to win the title. He later lost to Muhammad Ali a couple of years later.
The home’s other famous owner was actress Debbie Reynolds, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2014. She was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1964 for her work in the Unsinkable Molly Brown. She also once owned and operated the Debbie Reynolds Hotel in Las Vegas.
Moving forward one hole, the 190-yard, par-3 8th was home to one of Vegas top building designers, Walter Zick. His former home is the end house by the green. Zick, who worked with Harris Sharp at Zick and Sharp, designed many of the elementary, middle schools and high schools around Las Vegas. But, that was just the start. He also designed banks, the Herb Kaufman Community Center and many other high-profile buildings.
By the way, Sharp also owned a house on the course. His home was between the sixth green and the seventh tee.
There you go, a few more golf holes at Las Vegas National with deep historic ties that to this day bring memories flooding back to those golfers who call the course home.
And there’s a lot more history about Vegas, Vegas golf and Las Vegas National right on site as the course is the home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. The exhibit is located in the clubhouse and is full of historic items, news and notes about the rise of golf in and around Las Vegas. Click here for more information on the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.