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Arnold Palmer was many things to many people... World famous immortal, sportsman, successful business executive, skilled aviator, incredible golf course designer, devoted husband, father, grandfather and a man with a down-to-earth common touch, a gentleman of the old school with respect, class and style that made him one of the most popular and accessible public figures in history.

Arnold Palmer Memorial 2017

 13 Days: Departure 28 May 2017

  Los Angeles • Denver • Latrobe •Orlando • Palm Springs

An era has ended with the loss of one of the greatest golfers ever. Arnold Palmer "The King" was the inspiriration of so many of us and made us love the game. I remember him well playing against him in my first major Australian PGA Tour event at Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne in 1968 being a 19-year old rookie. How could I ever forget and I am sure many of you have very fond and personal memories of Arnie.

With the "Arnold Palmer Memorial" we would like to bring you to some of the most important golf courses in Arnie's life and by playing these courses we will celebrate his achievements, which will be with us forever.

 

The journey begins in Los Angeles playing Riviera CC where Arnold won the Los Angeles Open three times. We then travel to Denver and play Cherry Hills, the venue of his only US Open win in 1960.

From Denver to Arnold's home course at Latrobe CC in Pennsylvania. Then down to Orlando to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame and play Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club.

The journey ends in Palm Springs, where we play the Bermuda Dunes Country Club where he had his last PGA Tour win and also the Arnold Palmer PGA West Course. Our presentation dinner will be at the Arnold Palmer Restaurant in La Quinta.

 
 

Inclusions: 

 

• Golf:

• One round of golf at Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles

• One round of golf at Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver

• One round of golf at Latrobe Country Club, Pennsylvania

• One round of golf at Bay Hill Golf Club, Orlando

• One round of golf at Bermuda Dunes Country Club, Palm Springs

• One round of golf at PGA West Golf Club, Palm Springs

• All rounds in carts - Latrobe CC with caddies and carts

• Use of all practice facilities including balls

• Visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame, St Augustine

• Accommodation and Others:

• Two nights at the Marina del Rey Resort, Los Angeles

• Two nights at the Hyatt Regency, Denver

• Two nights at SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Latrobe

• Three nights at Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Lodge, Orlando

• Three nights at La Quinta Chateau Lake View, Palm Springs

• Daily Breakfast

• Lunch at all golf days

• Welcome Drinks at the Marina del Rey Resort

• Welcome Dinner at the Marina del Rey Resort

• Presentation Dinner at Arnold Palmer's Restaurant in La Quinta

• Memorabilia of every golf course

• All transfers in air-conditioned coaches

• Prizes and trophies

• Australian PGA tour escort

Non-Inclusions:

• International flights (Return flights with Virgin or Qantas start at $1,200.00)

• Domestic flights (Los Angeles - Denver - Pittsburgh - Orlando - Palm Springs start at $1,000.00)

• Travel Insurance

• Visa fees

Price:

Golf package with all inclusions as above:                  US$7,040.00

Non-golf package available on request

  


The Schedule:  


Sun, 28 May

Fly from Australia to Los Angeles.

Arrive in Los Angeles. Transfer to the Marina del Rey Resort.

Welcome Drinks and briefing for the event.

 

Mon, 29 May  

Breakfast.

Transfer to Riviera Country Club for the first round of the "Arnold Palmer Memorial".

You play in carts.

Lunch at the clubhouse.

In the evening Welcome Dinner at the Marina del Rey Resort.

Tue, 30 May  

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport for our flight to Denver.

We recommend the following non-stop flights:

United Airlines UA 314 at 13:15 arrive 16:30

Delta Airlines DL 5703 at 12:45 arrive 16:05

Transfer to the Hyatt Regency Denver

Evening at leisure

Wed, 31 May  

Breakfast

Transfer to the Cherry Hills Country Club for our second round of the "Arnold Palmer Memorial".

You play in carts.

Lunch at the clubhouse.

Evening at leisure.

Thu, 1 June  

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport for our flight to Pittsburgh.

We recommend the following non-stop flight:

United Airlines UA 648 at 10:10 arrive 15:10

Transfer to the SpringHill Suites Latrobe.

Evening at leisure.

Fri, 2 June  

Breakfast

Transfer to the Latrobe Country Club Latrobe for the third round of the "Arnold Palmer Memorial".

You play in carts and with your personal caddie.

Lunch at the clubhouse.

Evening at leisure.

Sat, 3 June  

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for our flight to Orlando.

We recommend the following non-stop flights:

Southwest Airlines 4914 at 12:35 arrive 14:50

Southwest Airlines 5088 at 13:55 arrive 16:10

Transfer to the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Lodge.

Evening at leisure.

Sun, 4 June 

Breakfast

Transfer to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St Augustine.

Visit the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum, play some holes on their 18-hole golf course.

Have one shot on the Hall of Fame Challenge hole.

Lunch at the Hall of Fame.

Evening at leisure.

Mon, 5 June  

Breakfast

Walk to the tee of the Bay Hill Golf Club for the fourth round of the "Arnold Palmer Memorial".

You play in carts.

Lunch at the clubhouse.

Evening at leisure.

 

Tue, 6 June  

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for our flight to Palm Springs

We recommend the following flights:

United Airlines UA739 at 08:20 arrive 12:26

American Airlines AA1218 at 13:56 arrive 18:07

Transfer to the La Quinta Chateau Lake View Resort.

Evening at leisure.

Wed, 7 June  

Breakfast

Transfer to Bermuda Dunes Country Club for the fifth round of the "Arnold Palmer Memorial".

You play in carts.

Lunch at the clubhouse.

Evening at leisure.

Thu, 8 June  

Breakfast

Transfer to the Arnold Palmer PGA West Golf Club for the final round of the "Arnold Palmer Memorial".

You play in carts.

Lunch at the clubhouse.

In the evening Presentation Dinner at Arnold Palmer's Restaurant in La Quinta.

Fri, 9 June

Breakfast

Transfer to Palm Springs or Los Angeles airport.

If you like you can extend your stay to play some of the 130 (!) golf courses in the Palm Springs area.

Event format:  

The event will be a six round competition open to both men and ladies and will be a single stableford in all handicap categories as well as a 2BB team stableford.

There will be daily and overall prizes including NTP and Long Drive as well as an overall scratch score for players on A-grade handicaps.

There is no handicap limit but all players must have a GA handicap.

The Golf Courses:

 

Riviera Country Club

The home of the "Los Angeles Open" since 1925 and now known as the "Northern Trust Open", Riviera Country Club has seen Arnold Palmer lift the trophy on three occasions - 1963, 66 and 67.

Arnold became one of the only five players including the legendary Ben Hogan to win back to back Los Angeles Opens. After Ben Hogan won both the "Los Angeles Open" and the "US Open" at Riviera in 1948 the course became known as "Hogan's Alley".

Cherry Hills Country Club

The 1960 "US Open" staged at Cherry Hills Country Club was considered by many to be the greatest tournament championship in history.

Back then the championship was played over 36 holes on the last day. Arnold Palmer was 7 shots behind leader Ben Hogan going into the final round. He asked his friend sports writer Bob Drum, what it might take to win the Open and what a 65 might do for his chances. Drum replied: " For you nothing, you are too far back". The King drove the 346 yard par four first hole and proceeded to birdie 6 out of the first 7 holes. Palmer went on to shoot 65 and his 280 total was good enough to win by 2 shots over 20-year old amateur Jack Nicklaus. This was his only US Open win in his career.

 

Latrobe Country Club

Located an hour southeast of Pittsburgh Latrobe is where Palmer was born and raised. He would spend around half of the year in this small Pennsylvania town watching over the beloved country club that his father Deacon helped build in 1921 when Arnold was just 17.

Even though he designed over 300 courses worldwide Latrobe was always his favorite and held a special place in his heart.

Latrobe is a beautiful and demanding test of golf and one of the amazing features that Arnold designed are the red-covered bridges that artists and photographers from all over the world come to photograph. Latrobe is his final resting place.

 

Bay Hill Golf Club

The Bay Hill Club & Lodge was Palmer's Florida headquarters and as you would expect the course he designed here is "fit for a king".

Laid out in three 9-hole loops, the challenger and the championship nines are used for the "Arnold Palmer Invitational" on the US PGA Tour since 1979.

Australia's Jason Day was successful in winning the event in 2016.

The closing three holes are among the toughest you could encounter anywhere with a par 5, par 3, par 4 finish over water to the green.

Bermuda Dunes Country Club  

Known as the "Fun Club of the Desert" since its creation in 1956, Bermuda Dunes CC was the original home of the "Bob Hope Desert Classic" for over 40 years.

Arnold Palmer won this event five times in 1960, 62, 68, 71 and 1973. His 1973 victory was not only his last in the "Bob Hope Desert Classic", but his final win as a player on the regular PGA Tour.

PGA West Golf Club 

The final round of our "Arnold Palmer Memorial" takes place on the Arnold Palmer private course at PGA West. With five finishing holes artfully sculptured along the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains Palmer has designed a truly magnificent course that has been home to the PGA Tour's "Humana Challenge" (formerly known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic from 1988 - 2015).

In 1999 David Duval won this event by shooting a world record 59 in the final rund on Palmer's course.