The Kauflin Invitational has been running full speed since 2001, when four lonely souls decided to try their hand at a little golf trip to Mesquite, Nevada. They invited a few more guys the next year, and the Kauflin Invitational began to blossom. Reaching new heights in 2008 with over 40 participants, the KI (as it has become known) was firmly established as the annual event of the summer.
For 10 solid years the Kauflin Invitational called Mesquite, Nevada its home. In 2011, we said goodbye to Mesquite and put new roots down in Las Vegas. Although we found the golf a little ordinary compared to Mesquite and St. George, Utah, there was no denying the entertainment value of staying on Fremont Street. We are huge fans of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and its sister property, The D Hotel.
For 2017 a major change was made due to the US Open being held in Wisconsin at Erin Hills. Many of us volunteered for the tournament, so a decision had to be made. Go to Vegas a different week? Or try something completely different? We decided to do a real golf trip and did the Kohler “Dye-Abolical” Package at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. It was worth every penny as we got in 7 rounds over four days.
2018 saw a return to the Vegas area, but for the past couple of years we have gone in a new direction. Staying in downtown Reno, Nevada and playing courses in the Reno-Tahoe market has been a huge hit for those who have made it out. Rumor has it that the 2021 trip is going international, more details soon.