50th Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf

April 20-21, 2023


Golfers giving a thumbs up


Hundreds of golfers are expected to compete in the 50th Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf tournament in Paradise Valley this spring, carrying on a philanthropic tradition that has stretched over five decades.

Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf has become a celebrated rite of spring in addition to achieving the highest acclaim of charity golf events in Arizona, raising much needed funds for patient care, medical education and research at the hospital that has been serving the Valley longer than any other medical facility.

The annual event was established in 1973 by Lou Grubb, the Valley businessman who rose to fame in the automotive industry at the same time he won the admiration of fans via his “Take Five” commercials. It started as a casual round of golf with Grubb and his closest friends, who pooled donations together for local charities. In 1986, Grubb narrowed the beneficiaries to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and its Barrow Neurological Institute in gratitude for lifesaving care he received there, and he, wife Evie and the Grubb family have been generous supporters of the medical facilities ever since.

This year’s event marked the 49th year of the tournament returning to the Valley, April 21-22, kicking off with a VIP Reception at Lou's Bar and Grill and Evie's Pavilion at Papago Golf Course on the tournment's eve, Thursday night. In addition to cocktails and dinner, attendees were invited to participate in lawn activities and a live auction. The golf tournament invites foursomes to 18 holes on one of JW Marriot Camelback Golf Club’s two scenic championship courses in Paradise Valley. All participants received complimentary golfing gifts, always featuring top-line apparel and accessories. 

Through the dedication of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf Committee, co-chaired this year by Erik Jensen and Elizabeth Oviedo, along with the generous support of the golfing community, the tournament has raised millions for areas in critical need at Barrow and St. Joseph’s, including the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Concussion Network, Family Medicine, MOMobile and research impacting a wide variety of debilitating conditions and diseases.

“I believe my parents would be proud and grateful to know our community continues to celebrate the philanthropic tradition of Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf,” says Dan Grubb, who sponsors and participates in organizing the event. “This past year has made most of us acutely aware of how important it is to have advanced medical care available when needed. I thank the members of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf committee and golfing community for recognizing the value of supporting this tournament and its contributions to St. Joseph’s and Barrow.”

Interested in sponsoring the upcoming Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf event? Visit LouGrubbGolf.com/sponsorships or call 623.777.1755 for additional information.

April 20: VIP Reception at Lou's Bar and Grill and the Evie Pavilion at Papago Golf Course, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

April 21: Tournament at JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, beginning at 10 a.m.


View photo highlights of previous tournaments


Watch Dan Grubb, Roger Maxwell and others talk about the history and impact of this special event: