He was a man so much larger than life, a man full of class and charisma, a gifted athlete, a successful businessman, a deeply devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He won 62 PGA Tour events and seven Major titles, and playing at the dawn of the television age, the charismatic, down-to-earth superstar helped create soaring popularity in the game he loved.
Indeed, there is little doubt golf is what it is today because of Arnold Palmer, the man we called The King. Though we sadly said farewell last fall, when he died at the age of 87, Palmer’s enormous legacy in golf lives on. For those of us in the Great Lakes region, his legacy literally lives on in the dozens of incredible course designs in the places we call home. Here’s a brief look at some of his best in the Midwest:
* denotes private course.
Geneva National Golf Club
Coyote Preserve Golf Club
Northville Hills Golf Club
Ravines Golf Club
The Legend at Shanty Creek Resort
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course at Breezy Pointe Resort
Royal Golf Club
The Den at Fox Creek Golf Club
Spencer T. Olin Community Golf Course
Hawthorn Woods Country Club*
White Eagle Golf Club*