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December 15, 2008
GolfDigest Q&A with Arnold Palmer
Read the full web-extra interview by Matt Ginella at http://www.golfdigest.com/courses/2009/01/arnoldpalmer
Posted by scurry at 05:21 PM
December 10, 2008
Palmer, Grandson Sam Saunders Impress in Father/Son Event
Arnold Palmer and his grandson, Sam Saunders, teamed up again in the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge tournament and for the second year in a row put on an impressive performance.
Palmer and Saunders, a junior on Clemson University golf team, followed up a tie-for-sixth finish in 2007 with a tie-for-seventh this December at ChampionsGate Golf Resort near Orlando, Florida. They posted two rounds of 64 in the 36-hole scramble event won by Larry Nelson and his son, Drew, with a score of 123.
Eighteen fathers who have won major championships on the PGA Tour team up with sons or daughters in the unique tournament televised by NBC that showcases the greatest players in the modern era of the game. Palmer was extended a special invitation several years ago to play with his oldest grandson in the event.
The Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation in Orlando is among the beneficiaries of the tournament proceeds.
Posted by scurry at 04:39 PM
NEWPORT DUNES OPENS TO GREAT REVIEWS
New Arnold Palmer Design golf course in Port Aransas, Texas Newport Dunes Golf Club in Port Aransas, Texas, just opened this autumn, but the Arnold Palmer-designed course is already being recognized as one of the few true links courses in the United States. It has no trees and lots of wind and roll, making it a must-play destination for links course lovers.
“I always wanted to design a golf course in the traditional style, and I am excited to have had the opportunity with Newport Dunes. It is a hidden gem that will draw the attention of golfers throughout the region and across the country,” Palmer said of the latest work by his Arnold Palmer Design Company, with headquarters at Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.
APDC was founded in 1972 and has been responsible for the design of approximately 300 golf courses around the world. Newport Dunes is located on historic Mustang Island in the vintage town of Port Aransas, a location along the Gulf of Mexico noted – in addition to golf -- for its deep-sea fishing, bird watching, beach, ocean and leisure activities.
The par-71 golf course stretches to 6,985 yards from the championship tees and plays through the sand dunes of the Texas coast. It will be sure to challenge any golfer with a warm gulf breeze, fast and rolling greens, and deep stacked and walled bunkers.
“The signature holes are Nos. 13, 14, and 15,” Palmer said. “These holes are located along the Gulf of Mexico and are routed through natural sand dunes. Each of the holes offers spectacular views of the beach and the ocean. The course is designed in the true links style with pot bunkers that are very similar to the classic courses such as St. Andrews.
Posted by scurry at 09:08 AM
December 09, 2008
Palmer Attends 20th Anniversary Merrill Lynch Shootout Dinner with First Foursome
Arnold Palmer joins Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman (referred to as the "First Foursome") December 11, 2008 to host the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Merrill Lynch Shootout at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.
The 24-player PGA Tour sanctioned Shootout that began in 1989 was inspired by the original Shark Shootout that was contested in Grand Cypress in 1986. That single day, 18-hole match benefiting the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital served as the inspiration for the current event.
The tournament and interview with the First Foursome will be covered by broadcast partners NBC and Golf Channel.
Posted by scurry at 12:54 PM