Supporting Amateur Golf is Part of Boulder City Course DNA

We tried, but adding up all of the different amateur golf tournaments that are hosted at Boulder Creek Golf Club and Boulder City Golf Course is a difficult task. The courses host events at the junior golf, high school and college level, plus various club and association tournaments and play days. It is safe to say that the courses host dozens annually and hundreds over the last couple decades. And that is just the way course management likes it. –By Brian Hurlburt, founder,

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“Amateur golf and competitive golf is the spirit of the game,” says Karl Larcom, Boulder City director of golf and a past president of the Southern Nevada chapter, PGA. “Golf has an evolution for most people. They start as a beginner and some then start to get that itch to become more competitive. It is our job to help provide those opportunities. Golf is a competition in addition to being relaxing and quality exercise. We understand how important it is to continue to be a part of offering it.”

Larcom has been with Boulder City for a couple years and was hired by Andy Schaper, longtime general manager and director of operations for the two courses in Boulder City. Schaper has always been a huge supporter of amateur golf and is a high school coach plus has two kids playing college golf. And Byron Hinds, the course’s excellence superintendent, is the father of one of the area’s top junior players, Emmerson.

“A lot of our support of the amateur game has to do with the people who oversee and run the golf courses,” Larcom says. “Andy and I both have that very old school mentality that golf starts at the competitive side, and everything else around golf filters down from there. There are a lot of parts to a puzzle when it comes to running a golf course and we believe that competition should play a huge part in that puzzle.”

Annually, the Southern Nevada Golf Association and Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association host tournaments at Boulder City and Boulder Creek, including the Clark County Amateur, an SNGA major. Plus, several college events are played in addition to high school matches and other events. As golf booms, the challenges of securing courses becomes increasingly challenging for associations.

“When we make a call to the team at Boulder City, the answer is pretty much a yes and we very much appreciate their partnership,” says Ann Sunstrum, SNGA executive director. “On top of that support, our golfers love playing the Boulder City courses. Boulder City Golf Course offers a terrific history and traditional feeling, and Boulder Creek is always is in such wonderful condition. The Clark County Amateur at Boulder Creek is always one of our most popular tournaments as is the Boulder City Amateur played at Boulder City Golf Course.”

Besides helping to grow the game, Larcom admits that hosting the events and supporting amateur golf also makes good business sense.

“We definitely get people return who have experienced Boulder Creek and Boulder City because they came out and played in an SNGA event or another association event,” Larcom says. “They see the quality product that we offer at a very good value and they appreciate it. I am not trying to take business from other courses, but I believe that a golfer who plays in tournaments will play more golf and that is good for all courses. The more rounds we can create through competition, the better for the industry. And we firmly believe that we should do our part to support that.”

Other tournaments hosted at Boulder Creek include a UNLV Women’s golf tournament and overall, the Boulder City courses are home to five men’s and women’s club associations. The crown jewel for Boulder Creek comes in spring 2024 when the NCAA Division III National Golf Championships come to the course. Full story on that event coming soon.