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Classic Club tournament benefits hospital


Palm Desert, Calif. (April 23, 2019) – The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., recently hosted The Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 9th annual tournament raised $2.2 million, raising the grand total to more than $12 million donated to St. Jude since the tournament’s inception.

The Warburton is named after comedic actor and voice artist, Patrick Warburton who played David Puddy on Seinfeld; the title role on The Tick; Jeb Denton on Less Than Perfect; Jeff Bingham on Rules of Engagement; and Lemony Snicket on A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Held March 2nd and 3rd at The Classic Club, The Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament featured more than 75 celebrities, including rock and country legends, songwriters, actors, and sports figures. The Classic Club has hosted The Warburton since 2011.

“The Warburton is the highest grossing golf tournament for St. Jude nationwide,” said The Classic Club’s General Manager Greg Rubino, who also serves on locally-based Board of Directors. “The Classic Club is proud to host this incredible charitable event each year. It continues to get bigger and better and raise more money for a tremendous cause.”

The Warburton has grown to become “St. Jude Week in the Desert,” all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Each year, The Classic Club hosts numerous charitable events and golf tournaments, such as The Warburton, which collectively raise more than $5 million annually for local and national causes.

“It is both exciting and gratifying that so many charitable organizations are able to raise funds through events held at The Classic Club,” added Rubino. “We are honored to partner with a number of incredible charities and help give back to the community we live, work and play in.”

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About The Classic Club
The Classic Club is a nationally-recognized championship
course designed by Arnold Palmer and a host site of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Bob Hope Classic. A new spin on desert golf, The Classic Club features rolling terrain, wide landing areas, 30 acres of water features, 14 bridges as well as an abundance of pine trees, pine straw ground cover, and five sets of tees on each hole. The club’s three-story, 63,000 square foot, Tuscan Village-inspired clubhouse is the perfect spot to entertain guests in style with private rooms, banquet facilities or under the stars by waterfalls and lakes. The Classic Club’s full service golf shop features men's and ladies apparel and brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Greg Norman, Travis Mathew, Club Glove, Titliest, Callaway, and Garb Children's apparel.

About Troon
The Classic Club is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 430 locations around the globe, including managing 470 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International, OB Sports, Cliff Drysdale Management and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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