Arnold Palmer

Full Name
Arnold Daniel Palmer
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Year of Birth
Year of Death
2016 (aged 87)
Place Born
Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Place Died
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

World Golf Hall of Fame – Class of 1974: "It is not hyperbole to say that golf’s place within popular culture today is due in large part to the presence of Arnold Palmer. He was an integral part of the game’s growth in the 1960s. Golf needed a star. Palmer, who won with charisma not previously seen, was the perfect star.”

Arnold Palmer’s father Deacon was the head professional and green keeper at Latrobe Country Club in Pennsylvania so the young Arnie grew up in a golfing environment, helping his father about the club. He attended Wake Forest College in North Carolina but left in 1951 to enlist with the US Coast Guard, where he served for three years.

He won more than twenty events in and around his home state, starting in 1946, but he reached the pinnacle of his amateur career in 1954 when he won the US Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit. Within a short time, he married his wife Winnie, quit his job as a paint salesman in Cleveland, and turned professional.

Arnie’s first win on the PGA Tour wasn’t accomplished on home soil. Instead, it arrived at the 1955 Canadian Open in Toronto, at Weston Golf and Country Club. This would be the first of almost a hundred professional victories that would come his way around the world over the following thirty five years as a player on both the regular men’s and senior tours.

Of course, the highlights of that stellar career were the seven Majors he captured between 1958 and 1964. In addition to those individual titles, Palmer also had a fantastic record in team events when he represented his country, winning thirteen out of thirteen: seven Ryder Cups (1961-1975) as a player or captain and six World Cups (1960-1967) as a player.

He was Mark McCormack’s first signing for IMG and his charismatic style was a major factor in establishing golf as a big time sporting event on television in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Arnie’s good looks and modest background, allied to the way he played golf by taking risks and wearing h...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Arnold Palmer


87th Florida - Best in Area

Not only did Arnold Palmer design the course at Adios Golf Club back in the early 1980s, he was also one of sixteen founder members that established the golf club.


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9th Nebraska - Best in Area

Located just outside Nebraska City, the lie-of-the-land course at ArborLinks was fashioned with minimal earth movement by Arnold Palmer prior to its unveiling in 2002.


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73rd California - Best in Area

Aviara is a 7,007-yard Arnold Palmer resort course that is routed close to the tidal wetland of the Batiquitos Lagoon… naturally there’s water hazards aplenty.


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Bad Saarow (Arnold Palmer)

5th North East Germany - Best in Area 21st Germany Ranking

Arnold Palmer laid out the first course at the Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee (now known as Bad Saarow Golf Club) back in 1995 and it’s a cracker and probably the course you’ll want to limber up on first.


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Barton Creek (Palmer Lakeside)

97th Texas - Best in Area

The designer of the Palmer Lakeside course at Barton Creek Resort requires no introduction. The King fashioned the layout in Texas Hill Country where the signature par three 11th features a cascading waterfall.


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Bay Creek (Palmer)

31st Virginia - Best in Area

The fairways of the Palmer golf course at Bay Creek traverse wetland areas and glide past sizeable water hazards - such as Plantation Creek on the 17th...


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Bear Creek

30th Colorado - Best in Area

Set out on a hilly, open property to the southwest of downtown Denver, the 18-hole course at Bear Creek Golf Club is an Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay championship layout that’s well known locally as rather a tough track.


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Big Sky Resort

20th Montana - Best in Area

An early 1970s Arnold Palmer design, the golf course at Big Sky Resort Montana is set at altitude and it’s the focal summer attraction at this popular Rockies ski destination.

Breezy Point (Deacon's Lodge)

15th Minnesota - Best in Area

When it first opened for play in 1999, Arnold Palmer’s Deacon’s Lodge course was the last layout to be unveiled at the Grand View Lodge resort’s golf complex. The course was acquired by Breezy Point Resort in 2012.


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Arnold Palmer Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 David Harak Courses Played 24
2 Cory Lewis Courses Played 20
3 Jon Gillman Courses Played 15
4 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 14
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 14
= M. James Ward Courses Played 14
7 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 12
8 Dax Brewster Courses Played 11
= Marc Bender Courses Played 11
10 Dave Finn Courses Played 9