Category: Arnold Palmer

December 28, 2011

Deal of the Month: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill

Posted at 5:44 PM by Joe Passov

BayhillIn 1965, Arnold Palmer blistered four-year-old Bay Hill in 66 shots, crushing his exhibition playing partners, including Jack Nicklaus, by seven shots. Instantly smitten, The King bought it outright a few years later, and ever since, Arnie and Bay Hill have gone together like beer and pretzels.

The PGA Tour has made this quintessentially Florida (read: flat, watery, sand-swamped) Dick Wilson design a late-March stop since 1979, and Palmer has never stopped tinkering with it.

Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge is offering its 50th Anniversary Package, which includes accommodations, 18 holes (or one 50-minute spa treatment), breakfast buffet, special limited-edition pin flag, a bottle of wine from the Arnold Palmer label and a commemorative Golden Umbrella lapel pin.

Package rates start at $307 per night. Arnold Palmer sightings: free.


(Photo: Bay Hill)

September 08, 2011

Top 100 You Can Play Up Close: Deacon's Lodge at Grand View

Posted at 10:04 AM by


Deacon's Lodge
Breezy Point, Minn.
6,964 yards, par 72
Green fees: $79-$114

Arnold Palmer may have learned the game from his father in Latrobe, Pa., but Minnesota is where he built a course named for the man. Opened in 1999, the Deacon's Lodge course is the most demanding and popular layout at the Grand View Lodge resort, two hours north of Minneapolis. Built on 499 secluded acres, the almost completely wooded layout feels more like a private club. Extremely wide fairways lead to larger than average greens, and waste bunkers are prevalent throughout. Swirling winds provide another obstacle, as do a handful of wilderness lakes that some tee shots are required to carry.

Accommodations include 198 rooms, ranging from those at the log cabin that serves as the main Grand View lodge (located 15 miles from the course) to 10 multiple-bedroom deluxe cabins on-site. Be sure to try the chili blanco, a favorite of locals in the clubhouse, and don't forget to check out the Palmer photos and memorabilia on the walls. For a son who made a life out of golf, Arnie couldn't have picked a better place than Deacon's Lodge as a tribute to the man who introduced him to the game.

(Photo: Grandview Lodge)

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