Opened in October 1984, Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Tralee is one of those courses where it is difficult to concentrate on your game due to the breathtaking nature of the scenery but you will nevertheless note that the course offers countless superb holes. The links at Barrow is a roller coaster of sand dune holes. Treacherous traps and undulating greens are among the challenges on this exciting golf links.
When Arnold Palmer first saw the area upon which his company was to build Tralee golf links, he was ecstatic about the possibilities. “I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course” he said. “I designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine”. But wait, there’s more
The most exciting stories in the Championship’s history.
Great Moments of the U.S. Open celebrates the accomplishments of individual champions, shares their inspirational stories and chronicles the extraordinary circumstances each faced — all of which have helped to make the U.S. Open one of the world’s premier sporting events. This book, developed by the United States Golf Association, draws together heroes from different eras who shared common experiences and emotions.
The stories are brought to life with stunning archival images and artefacts from the USGA’s collection, connecting the present to a more distant past.
From American Francis Ouimet’s shocking victory over top British professionals in 1913, to Jack Nicklaus’s narrow defeat of Arnold Palmer in 1962 for his first professional win, to Tiger Woods’ breathtaking comeback on a broken leg to capture the 2008 U.S. Open — the gutsiest, classiest and most improbable victories are recounted here. But wait, there’s more
La Manga Golf Club is the the most well known golf club in the Murcia region in Spain, the resort offers three 18-hole championship courses designed over different terrain in varied but always beautiful and tranquil surroundings; in addition they also have a Pitch & Putt Course (Par 47) designed by Seve Ballesteros.
With almost 40 years of history La Manga Golf Club has hosted many top-level international golf tournaments and tour qualifying schools including five Spanish Opens; the European Ladies Team Championship; Spanish PGA, Seniors’, Ladies’ and Junior Championships; Ladies European Tour Q-School; and the World Corporate Golf Challenge, as well as countless corporate, celebrity and charity golf events.
La Manga Club South Course
Designed by Robert D. Putman & Arnold Palmer this Par 73 golf course is the Championship layout at La Manga Club and probably one of the fairest tests of golf one can find. At 6,499 meters from the White Tees, whilst being accepted as a top-caliber championship course, also provides a thorough test both for the scratch player and right across the handicap range. But wait, there’s more
Bobby Weed was born in April 13, 1955 in Irmo, South Carolina, USA. His parents were Robert C. and Margie Johnson Weed. Robert Sr. worked in construction, but his grandparents were farmers. The Weed family farm was large, and some of the land was sold to a developer who built the Coldstream Country Club. Bobby learned to play golf when he was ten, and while a teenager, convinced his father to allow him to use a family soybean field near the golf course to build a Driving range because the club didn’t have one. Bobby did much of the work himself. Thirty years later, the Weed family still owned it.
In the university he played and baseball and graduated with the class of 1973 at Irmo High School. Weed played on the school’s golf team while attending Presbyterian College, then transferred to Lake City Community College in north Florida, where he enrolled in the Golf Course Operations and Landscape Technology program, recognized as one of the finest in existence. While working a summer golf internship at an Amelia Island Plantation course, Weed was introduced to golf architect Pete Dye, the most notable golf architect in the second half of the twentieth century, who was revising the Amelia Links course. After graduating in 1977, Weed returned to Amelia as assistant superintendent. He was invited to join Dye’s crew in 1980 at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Mentored by the King: Arnold Palmer’s Success Lessons for Golf, Business, and Life.
‘Arnold Palmer helped me become a better man, a more devoted husband, loving father, effective coach, and successful business executive.’
Most people think of Arnold Palmer as the King of Golf. But for more than a quarter century, Brad Brewer has known and observed Palmer in the roles of employer, business partner, teacher, competitor, father, grandfather, philanthropist, and global celebrity. Above all, Arnold Palmer is Brad’s friend and mentor, a man whose character both on and off the links has taught Brad how to be a winner in life at large as well as at golf. Now Brad passes on the wisdom that he and others have learned from the King of Golf. Mentored by the King shares with you the true stories of other golfers who have competed with Palmer through the years, as well as Brad’s personal accounts of traveling, working, and just hanging out with Arnold. Best of all, though, this book lets you learn from the winning attitude and approach of the Legend, Arnold Palmer, in golf, business, and life. The secrets shared in Mentored by the King include: * some deceptively simple principles that can change your life * the magnetic attraction of excellence * the power of an optimistic outlook * why risking big is the ticket to living even bigger * the life force of victory: persistence * … and plenty more. These quick, easy-to-read chapters let you step inside the mind and life of the King, Arnold Palmer, to glean insights that can boost you own trajectory toward a successful, satisfying life.
Brad Brewer is a PGA class-A Professional and the founder and president of the Brad Brewer Golf Academy in Orlando, Florida. He was awarded the 2000 North Florida PGA Teacher of the Year and has been published as a top golf instructor in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. He has had the pleasure of working closely with Arnold Palmer for the past two decades. He lives with his wife, Wanda, and their four children in Central Florida.
Superstition at sports is well know and observed in many “rituals” performed before, during or after a sport event. What does it take to be successful in sports? Motivation, confidence, focus and desire; all of these are important, but what about luck? Do you ever wonder why athletes wear the same “lucky shirt” in competition, or why some eat the exact same meal for good luck prior to competition or even why some teams even go as far as not washing their jerseys until they lose a game?
Some may call it preference instead of superstition but the fact remains that in sports some people strongly believe that if you do repeat a certain behaviour, you will have good luck. As in other activities many golfers are superstitious; for example golf balls with the number 4 or higher are seen as bad luck. Not many people, or even rules, dissuade golfers from believing in superstitions; many common superstitions in golf have to do with the coins used to mark ball placements. Some American players for example refuse to use anything other than nickels (5 US cents), and others must use coins that are heads-up. In the thin line that may separate preference and superstition some of the following examples may sound funny but they are followed with strong believe and are performed as part of the way to success.
Phil Mickelson uses Titleist’s with high numbers because it helps him to discern his golf balls from other players. John Cook marks his golf ball only with US quarters (25 cent coins that feature different US States) that reflect pictures of states in which he has not only played, but played well. But wait, there’s more
Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is an American golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men’s professional golf. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed “The King,” he is one of golf’s most popular stars and its most important trailblazer because he was the first star of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s. He is part of “The Big Three” in golf along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world. Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Arnold Palmer is many things to many people…world famous golf immortal and sportsman, highly-successful business executive, prominent advertising spokesman, skilled aviator, talented golf course designer and consultant, devoted family patriarch and a man with a down-to-earth common touch that has made him one of the most popular and accessible public figures in history. Arnold Palmer was the first in the modern era to be a both tournament player and golf course architect. He has received the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects for significant contributions to the game. But wait, there’s more
The Oceanico’s Vilamoura Golf Resort in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, already with four championship courses in its inventory, including Frank Pennink’s outstanding Old Course, had an established reputation for quality golf development and a particular sensitivity to protecting the environment. Expectations were high that the fifth layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, would be special, but not even the most optimistic anticipated the masterpiece that resulted.
The Victoria Golf Course, which covers some 90 hectares, is an 18-hole, par 72 championship layout, measuring 6.560 meters (7,105 yards) from the back tees, is one of the best and most sophisticated golf courses in Europe, every care has been taken to ensure the preservation of the wetlands and the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. It is a links style course and the several man-made lakes provide hazards for the players and also serve as water reservoirs for irrigation. With 5 or 6 tees per hole, extensive water obstacles, wide and undulating fairways, well positioned bunkers; the Victoria golf course will reward heroic and ambitiousshots. In addition there is an exceptional driving range and a putting green of some 2,500m².
One extraordinary fact concerning Victoria is that the Palmer design team masterly created 18 greens with totally different shapes and sizes. In 2005, the Victoria Golf Course was the host for the World Cup, where some of the world best playersparticipated. In October 2010, from the 14th to the 17th, the Victoria Golf Course will be for the fourth consecutive time, host of the Portugal Masters of the European Tour.