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The King

Legendary golfer, course designer, businessman and record-setting aviator, Arnold Palmer is generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic golfers in the sport's history.

His golfing career spanned six decades with 95 professional wins and his course design company, APCD, has created golf courses in 25 countries throughout the world.

Arnold Palmer Facts

Name Arnold Daniel Palmer
Born 10 Sep, 1929
Died 25 Sep, 2016
Nickname The King
Nationality America
Majors 7

(4 Masters, 2 Open Championships, 1 U.S. Open Championship)

The King

Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Course

At its peak, the breathtaking layout of the Bay Hill golf course can be stretched to 7,381 yards and spans 270 acres of stunning land alongside the Butler Chain of Lakes.

Originally designed by Dick Wilson in 1961 the courses were renovated by Arnold Palmer Course Design in 2009. The 27-hole complex is made up of three loops of 9, Champion, Challenger and Charger.

The Champion & Challenger layouts are used for the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour.

Champion Course
Par: 36 | Yards: 3,765

Challenger Course
Par: 36 | Yards: 3,616

Charger Course
Par: 36 | Yards: 3,309

Best Arnold Palmer Designed Golf Courses

Arnold Palmer Golf Courses in Europe

The King was a legend in the game of golf but he also designed some of the best and most popular courses around the world. Starting in Ireland, Tralee was Palmer's first creation in the Emerald Isle. This traditional links boasts spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean with many of the holes playing directly along the coastline. From the coast he moved to Dublin and put his name to The K Club renowned for hosting the 2006 Ryder Cup and being a challenging inland track.

You can also follow in the footsteps of your favourite Tour players at Dom Pedro Victoria in the Algarve, which has hosted the Portugal Masters for over 10 years. This creation by Arnold Palmer is dubbed a 'must-play' in the region or for those heading to Spain for a golf holiday, we highly recommend checking out La Manga's south course.

Arnold Palmer Golf Courses in North America & Canada

If you've heard of Whistler in BC, Canada it's likely due to the epic ski resort but golfers, listen up. In the summer months Whistler is transformed into an activity haven with a handful of fantastic courses including one of Arnies designs Whistler Golf Club.

If a holiday to the USA is more your style, be sure to check out Saddlebrook in Florida, with both on-site courses here designed by the legend as well as the HQ his international golf academies. America is the home of a great selection of Arnold Palmer courses including another beauty, Half Moon Bay on the coast of San Francisco set upon a clifftop, Kingsmill (not the bread) in Virginia and Arroyo in Nevada.

All these courses have a dramatic backdrop in the form of mountains or rugged coastline and are known for their outstanding condition.

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Whistler Golf Club

British Columbia

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  • 1 round at Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
  • 1 round at Big Sky Golf Club
  • 1 round at Nicklaus North Golf Course
  • 1 round at Whistler Golf Club

Arnold Palmer Golf Course Design Philosophy

Beauty
A golf course should be a thing of beauty. An oasis of green grass, tall trees and silence set apart from the noise and visual chaos of urban areas.

Strategy
This is the essence of good golf and the soul of the game. Sound strategic design separates average courses from the great ones.

Risk-Reward
From short par-5s to drivable 4s, there should always be a tempting reward for taking risks on the course.

Fun
This is the whole point of playing golf, isn't it? Spending the better part of a Saturday afternoon chasing a little white ball around should be an exercise in enjoyment.

Preservation
Taking great responsibility in restoring iconic features of courses with sound strategic rationale and research.

Sustainability
Integrating, as seamlessly as possible, one of the largest playing fields in sport into the natural environment.

Environmental Stewardship
Golf is one of the few sports with playing fields that are dynamic, forever changing with the natural flow of the earth.

Growth of the game
Forging dynamic creations in over 27 countries around the world. Way before China's recent boom, an Arnold Palmer design was firmly planted at Chung Shan Hot Springs, known as the country's first "modern" golf course.

Variety
If variety is the spice of life, then design variety sweetens golf-course architecture. This mind-boggling game has sunk its teeth into everyone through its intriguing riddles, mysterious strategies and deceptive hazards.

Simplicity
Making the complex task of designing and building a golf course simple.