Golf Architects/Designers: Arnold Palmer

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Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is an American golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men’s professional golf. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed “The King,” he is one of golf’s most popular stars and its most important trailblazer because he was the first star of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s. He is part of “The Big Three” in golf along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world. Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Arnold Palmer is many things to many people…world famous golf immortal and sportsman, highly-successful business executive, prominent advertising spokesman, skilled aviator, talented golf course designer and consultant, devoted family patriarch and a man with a down-to-earth common touch that has made him one of the most popular and accessible public figures in history. Arnold Palmer was the first in the modern era to be a both tournament player and golf course architect.  He has received the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects for significant contributions to the game.

“Designing golf courses has been part of my game plan as far back as I can remember,” Mr. Palmer says.

The Arnold Palmer Design Company is regarded as one of the premier companies in the golf course architectural industry. Founded in 1972, A.P.D.C. has created approximately 300 courses around the world and has won numerous awards and have been the venues for many tournaments.

Arnold Palmer has been involved in golf course projects covering 37 states in the USA and 26 countries around the world: Japan, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, The Philippines, Guam, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Australia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Costa Rica, Ukraine, India, Cambodia, Brazil and United Arab Emirates. Another notable achievement for the company was the creation of Chung Shan Hot Spring Golf Course in the early 1980s in southern China.  It was the first new golf course in the country in more than half a century and touched off a golf boom in that nation.