When you’ve chronicled the Las Vegas golf scene for 25 years, you get to know a lot of characters and do business with a lot of people.
One of the most unique was the late and outspoken Voss Boreta, the founder of Las Vegas Golf & Tennis, which at one time had more than 75 locations throughout the United States.
Boreta founded the company in 1974 and was the pioneer of the first mail order business in retail golf history. He was well respected nationally until his death in 2013.
For the first time in more than four decades, the remaining Las Vegas Golf & Tennis location is no longer operated by the Boreta family. In May, Boreta’s sons, Ron and John, sold the store to Worldwide Golf Shops, which was founded by Craig McCallister. The store’s name will be Las Vegas Golf Superstore.
McCallister founded Golf Mart in San Diego in 1984, and in the past several decades, the Worldwide portfolio has expanded to more than 80 locations of Roger Dunn Golf Shops, the Golf Mart, Golfer’s Warehouse, Edwin Watts Golf, Van’s Golf Shops, Uinta Golf and now Las Vegas Golf Superstore. Worldwide is also a family operation, and the McCallisters and Boretas have known each other for decades.
“We are honored to be the ones entrusted with continuing the tradition of Las Vegas Golf & Tennis, because it has been a staple in the Las Vegas golf community for as long as most can remember and we will only enhance what they have done,” said Worldwide Golf Shops vice president Benn McCallister, Craig’s son.”
For many years, I worked with Ron and John Boreta, who continue to operate the Las Vegas Golf Center lighted nine-hole course and driving range, to promote the Las Vegas Golf & Tennis location. But with stiff competition from national stores, it was increasingly challenging for a “mom and pop shop” to compete.
Play Tom Fazio’s Primm Valley Lakes for $40 on June 23 as part of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame social day.
Editor’s note: Brian Hurlburt is assisting Worldwide Golf Shops with their Las Vegas transition.
The golf notebook appears Wednesdays. Freelance writer Brian Hurlburt is a two-time author who has covered golf in Las Vegas for more than two decades. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @LVGolfInsider.
Wednesday: WSNGA Southern Nevada Amateur/Silver Cup qualifier, Boulder Creek
Wednesday: HELP of Southern Nevada Roundup, Cascata
Wednesday, Thursday: SNJGA Summerlin Amateur, TPC Summerlin, TPC Las Vegas
Thursday: Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, Las Vegas National
Monday: Natalie Gulbis Charity Classic, TPC Summerlin
Monday-June 19: Recruit Look Junior Tour, TPC Las Vegas, Cascata
Tuesday: Nevada State Golf Association Match Play qualifier, TPC Las Vegas
June 23: Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Social Day, Primm Valley Lakes
June 24, 25: Nevada State Junior Amateur, Wildhorse
June 25: U.S. Junior Amateur sectional boys qualifying, Reflection Bay
June 26: U.S. Junior Amateur sectional girls qualifying, Reflection Bay
June 29: Golf Channel Lake Las Vegas Invitational, Reflection Bay
June 29, 30: Southern Nevada Amateur, Las Vegas Paiute
July 1: SNJGA March to 100, TPC Summerlin
July 2, 3: Recruit Look Junior Tour, Anthem
July 7: Golf Channel Independent, Paiute
U.S. Golf Association
What: U.S. Open.
When: Thursday, Friday, 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (FS1); 1:30-4:30 p.m. (KVVU-5). Saturday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. (KVVU-5). Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (KVVU-5).
Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Purse: $12.5 million. Winner’s share: $2.25 million.
Defending champion: Brooks Koepka.
What: Meijer LPGA Classic.
When: Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel). Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Golf Channel). Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Where: Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Purse: $2 million. Winner’s share: $300,000.
Defending champion: So Yeon Ryu.