One of the earliest and most vocal advocates for integration in the sport of golf was a Bermudian. A St. George's native, Louis Rafael "Kid" Corbin was the first Black golfer to compete in prestigious tournaments like the Canadian Open, and passionately fought against racism on and off the course.
With such a powerful legacy, it's fitting that the island will celebrate progress and highlight persisting barriers to participation during the first-ever Bermuda Black Golfers Week, which takes place November 2-7.
Stay in the Know: Black Golfers Week
Directly following the PGA TOUR Bermuda Championship Oct. 28-31, 2021 and occuring amid the Black Golf Championship, the event brings together some of the best Black golfers and thought leaders in the world for thrilling play on breathtaking courses, compelling discussions about how to drive greater diversity in golf and fun festivities. Here's just some of what you can expect during Bermuda Black Golfers Week.
Driving Diversity Power Breakfast
Nov. 3 | Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
This breakfast will be hosted by lifelong activist and celebrated Olympian Dr. John Carlos at Hamilton Princess Beach Club. Hear from global community leaders and corporate champions who have broken barriers and shown a commitment to supporting diversity in their respective fields. Diversity-driven dialogue and insights will ensure that you are positioned to fuel impactful change in your community.
Nov. 3 | The Mid Ocean Club
See local and global leaders of the business community who share a commitment to diversity and love for golf in action. The fun starts with a pre-event BBQ, and ends with a post-tournament celebration honouring the participants with dinner and cocktails. It all takes place at Mid Ocean Golf Club Golf Course, where Louis Rafael "Kid" Corbin served as the on-site pro.
Legends Lunch & Clinic
Nov. 3 | Ocean View Golf Course
Local and international golf legends alike hope to inspire Bermuda's next generation of golfers with a series of after-school golf clinics all week long. This event kicks it all off with good conversations and great food.
PGA Magazine Driving Diversity Summit
Nov. 3-4 | Ocean View Golf Course
Take part in the discussion about how to achieve greater inclusiveness in the sport of golf with thought leaders, influencers and other passionate members of the golf community with panels, brainstorming sessions and more. Watch history in the making as they create solutions that'll have a lasting legacy in the world of golf.
University / Greek BBQ
Nov. 5 | Port Royal Golf Course
Savour delicious traditional Bermuda BBQ while networking with other Black fraternity and sorority members who've stood against barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in Greek, academic and professional life. Make lasting connections while proudly representing your alma mater.
PGA Magazine Black Bermuda Golf Clubs Championship
Nov. 5-7 | Port Royal Golf Course
Check out some serious championship play against a gorgeous backdrop. See foursomes from the Black Golf Clubs Association – a global organization – compete for the trophy in this first-ever tournament, presented and organized by PGA Magazine at famed Port Royal Golf Course.
Black Golf Awards
Nov. 7 | Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Honour the legacy of Black golf pioneers from around the globe who've fought to topple barriers to participation in the sport, including those who've had a lasting impact on Bermuda's own rich Black golf legacy. Taking place at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, these awards culminate with two top honours: the Black Golf Club Championship trophy and the Louis Rafael "Kid" Corbin Lifetime Achievement Award.