10 awesome PGA Tour event logos that don’t exist anymore
I was cruising through eBay the other day, casually hunting for some vintage golf treasures from old PGA Tour tournaments, and found myself falling in love with all of them. Fun, quirky, playful and interesting, here’s a few vintage PGA Tour event logos I came across along the way, so let’s take a stroll down memory lane.
1. Greater Milwaukee Open
The site of Tiger Woods’ professional debut and last played in 2009, the 1980 iteration of its logo is so iconic it still emblazons hats and t-shirts to this day.
2. De Soto Open Invitational
A one-and-done PGA Tour event, contested in 1960 and won by Sam Snead, its logo was a delightfully Atomic Age design, with its globe slowly morphing into a golf ball next to a putter and set of multicolor tees.
3. Florida Citrus Open
Known these days as the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which followed with its own iconic logo, some credit is due to the event that preceded it. The Florida Citrus Open logo was as good as its name, with a putter and golf ball featured inside a larger, cartoon orange design.
4. The B.C. Open
A victim of the FedEx Cup’s introduction, the B.C. Open ran from 1972 to 2006, and its logo starred one of the characters from the comic strip it was named after.
5. Kemper Open
Best known as the Kemper Open before changing names twice and suffering the same fate as the B.C. Open, perhaps no regular Tour event has boasted this level of patriotism before or since.
6. Sahara Invitational Golf Tournament
7. Walt Disney World Golf Classic
With past winners including Tiger Woods, David Duval, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and Vijay Singh, the tournament’s former logo bested them all. Simple but perfect: A golf ball with the iconic Mickey Mouse ears sitting on top.
8. Bob Hope Desert Classic
Now known as The American Express, Bob Hope featured in the event’s name from 1965 to 2011, but its logo game was at its best in the 60s and 70s.
9. Hawaiian Open
The Sony Open’s current branding nods to the original, but the original Hawaiian Open logo featured some variation of two golf clubs crossing a pineapple that, like the Greater Milwaukee Open, is so iconic you can still purchase it today.
10. Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
An honorable mention for the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic logo, which looks like it’d be equally at home on golf club entrance sign, a shirt in the merchandise tent, or on a beer can.