There’s a Frank Sinatra quote that is not only hilarious, but also worth taking to heart, literally. The Chairman of the Board is credited with saying: “If I’d have known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!”
As such, he lived until 1998, and passed away at the respectable age of 82. Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra was born in Hoboken, N.J. 100 years ago today, on Dec. 12, 1915. An actor and singer, Frank is best-known for songs like “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way,” and “New York, New York,” among others. He also won a supporting actor Oscar for “From Here to Eternity.”
Clearly one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, Ol’ Blue Eyes was also an avid golfer. His affinity with golf led Frank and wife Barbara to start Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational in 1988. In honor of Frank’s 100th birthday celebration, the 28th Annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational will feature “100 Years of Sinatra” during the Feb. 18-20, 2016 event that takes place in Palm Springs, Calif.
Originally begun as “Frank’s little party in the desert,” the celebrity golf tournament raises funds for the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Along with the celebrity-filled golf event there will be three nights of parties, entertainment, silent and live auction, luncheon and fashion show and so much more. “The Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational will be filled with additional excitement around 100 Years of Frank. This event will be like none other in our history,” said tournament director Mary Martin.
Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. will host the three-day event. Eagle Falls Golf Course was designed by architect Clive Clark, who carved a masterpiece with elevations and water features not usually seen on a course that’s open to the public. This stunning par 72, 18-hole track measures 6,715 yards from the tips.
One of Frank Sinatra’s most famous songs “The Best is Yet to Come,” was last performed live by the singer in front of 1,200 guests during his celebrity golf tournament in 1995. Those words – The best is yet to come – are also etched on his tombstone.
For more details about the tournament, visit www.franksinatragolf.org.
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Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.