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Farewell “Arnie”

We bid farewell to “The King”, the legend, Arnold “Arnie” Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016). The legendary pro golfer was one of the most admired men in the sport of golf, elevating the game to what it is today and building his “Army” all the while. Palmer was a lot of things, to a lot people… a list too long to try and sum up.

We bid farewell to “The King”, the legend, Arnold “Arnie” Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016). The legendary pro golfer was one of the most admired men in the sport of golf, elevating the game to what it is today and building his “Army” all the while. Palmer was a lot of things, to a lot people… a list too long to try and sum up.

In this article, we admire Palmer for the astounding course designer that he was, and the architectural mark he left through his 300+ courses. Florida’s First Coast is home to some of his most impeccable designs; signature courses that pay homage to this sacred game that he lived for and loved. And although he has departed, his signature courses display like works of art in our great state of Florida; art that we get to experience everyday.

“What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.” – Arnold Palmer

 

Golf Club at North Hampton

Located in Fernandina Beach, FL in March 2001, this par 72 course ranges from 7,247 yards down to 5,225 yards with its five set of tee boxes. Sculpted out of pure Florida woodlands, you will find yourself playing around 10 spring-fed lakes, coquina boulders and man-made sand dunes. On the front nine woodlands with rolling fairways and immaculate greens surround you. The wide open contoured back nine may give you the feeling that you stepped onto Turnburry or Carnoustie. This course can prove to be a challenge with its wild grasses and elevation changes of over 40 feet, but you still find yourself playing a fun and pleasant round of golf.

 

Hidden Hills Country Club

Located in Jacksonville, FL this course is a mix of pines and oaks that line lush fairways, with a mix of long, medium and short holes. Sharp doglegs, strategically placed ponds and elevated greens offer great golfing adventures. Superior drainage means that even after the frequently heavy Florida rains, the course is ready for play and in excellent shape. With a driving range, putting green and practice sand bunker, there are ample opportunities for practice. From the championship tees, it's a true tournament course. But as you work forward on the five sets of tees, it eases up a little bit and the average golfer has access to a wide variety of shots, allowing players of all levels to enjoy their round.

 

Kings & Bear at the World Golf Village Resort

Located in St. Augustine, FL, this course is one that you will never forget. The signature of this course is the coquina rocks which are lined around sparkling lakes and spread around deep bunkers and cart paths. This course can be challenging for the experienced and average golfers alike, with its varying tee boxes ranging from 5,119 yards up to 7,279 yards.