Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer
Arnold Daniel Palmer was born September 10, 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Below are a few of his birthday highlights from on and off the course.
Fact: Palmer has had 66% (8 of 14) of his career aces, whose dates are verifiable, occur in September, with five of those being struck between September 3 through 7. Palmer also carded his best ever, a 60, at Latrobe Country Club 3 days after his birthday on September 13, 1969.
Palmer, 37, becomes agitated by meddling tasks given to him by
Winnie in order to distract him from Secret Service men surreptitiously
prowling the Latrobe countryside. Unbeknownst to Palmer, they were
there to assure the safety of one of the most powerful and popular men
in the world who flew to Latrobe for a surprise birthday visit. And for
the first time in his life, Palmer’s plane is flown without him or his
knowledge -- pilot Darrell Brown flies it to Gettysburg to pick up
President Dwight Eisenhower for a surprise visit. “I was oblivious to
it all,” Palmer says, “until I answered the door and found General
Eisenhower standing there with an overnight bag. ‘Say, you wouldn’t
have room to put up an old man for the night, would you?’ One of the
nicest weekends of my life followed. It was the thrill of a lifetime.”
Tournament volunteers at Firestone Country Club arrange for a
birthday cake and surprise party for Palmer, 43, as he served as a
commentator for NBC Sports during the World Series of Golf.
The 255-bed Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando
opens to great fanfare. The first baby is born within hours after the
ribbon cutting. Within 15 years, more than 100,000 children will be
born in the Palmer hospital.
Palmer concludes the last round of the GTE Northwest Classic at
Inglewood C.C. in Inglewood, California, with a stellar 66. It is on
his 66th birthday and is noted for being the first time he’s ever shot
On his 70th birthday, the local airport in Palmer's home-town of Latrobe, PA, renames the airport the "Arnold Palmer Regional Airport" in honor of Palmer.
Palmer attends the wedding of his granddaughter Katie Saunders to Parker Spears
A statue honoring Arnold Palmer is unveiled at the Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe, PA.
The milestone 80th birthday was ushered in with a week long
celebration beginning in Orlando and then heading to his native state of
The festivities began with a hospital birthday breakfast with
Palmer on Friday, Sept. 4. On Saturday the 5th, Palmer was the main
guest at the Party at the Portofino Bay Hotel where his unparalleled
commitment in support of the Arnold Palmer Medical Center was
The next week Palmer flew his Cessna Citation X to Arnold Palmer
Regional Airport in Latrobe, PA and on Tuesday, September 8th he attended a dinner at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pirates. Before
dinner, Palmer threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The following
day, Sept. 9, Palmer participated in a golf outing and dinner in his honor at
Laurel Valley Golf Club.
And to celebrate his actual birthday on September 10th? Palmer and
some of his closest friends teed it up at his home course, Latrobe Country Club.
Palmer attends the ribbon cutting ceremony with Mr. Bill Marriott as they open a four-story, 109-suite SpringHill Suites Latrobe located close to Latrobe Country Club, Palmer's home course. The hotel is a LEED-certified prototype pioneered by Concord Hospitality Enterprises in conjunction with Marriott International.