Despite his show business background, his passion was always sports, golf in particular. Once a part-owner of the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Rams, his crowning achievement in sports was the development of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Originally the Palm Springs Golf Classic in 1960, the tournament has borne his name since 1965.
Golf is my profession, Hope once said, I tell jokes to pay my greens fees.
Those jokes have paid for more than his greens fees. It is Hopes name that has lured all of the top celebrities and golfers from every era, and because of that, the golf tournament has raised more $37 million for the Eisenhower Medical Center and other local charities.
Arnold Palmer, the tournaments only five-time winner and a close friend of Hope, said, Bob is a remarkable man and a national treasure. He has been a wonderful asset to the game of golf in many ways over the years. I have been fortunate to have known him well for many years and consider him a close personal friend.