Arnold Palmer The Man Beyond The Golf Course
To most, Arnold Palmer is best known as the legendary golfer who
dominated the golf course for many years. To others, he is a successful
business executive, sportsman, aviator and spokesman. To his family,
he is a dedicated and devoted man with a loving heart. Above all,
it is his personality and down-to-earth demeanor that has made him
one of the most popular and accessible notables in history.
Arnold Palmer s golfing success came about in a way that few others
will ever experience themselves. During the 1960s, he was named
as Athlete of the Decade by the Associated Press. After racking
up 92 championships in professional competition, 62 of which were
won on the U.S. PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer quickly became a household
During his time away from the tee, Arnold Palmer developed a keen
business sense and developed a variety of interests in various fields.
Among them, Arnold Palmer Enterprises, which is a multi-division
structure that handles his commercial business. In addition, Palmer
has become involved in automobile and aviation service firms and
remains the principal owner of a car dealership in his hometown
of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Since 1971, Palmer has been the sole owner
and president of Latrobe Country Club.
Although his love for other business ventures occupies much of
his time, Arnold Palmer signed on as a consultant to The Golf Channel,
which first aired on cable networks in January 1995. Over the course
of more than 40 years, this golfing great has given his approval
on more than 200 new courses throughout the United States and the
world. His business ventures and golfing participation keeps Palmer
busy and on the move for most of the year. Luckily, he is a skilled
aviator and often mans the controls himself onboard his Cessna Citation
X jet aircraft, which he commonly uses for travel. After having
dedicated so much to the world of aviation and his local community,
the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport was named in his honor.
Speaking of contributions, Arnold Palmer has given much to the
sport of golf and it s fans. In turn, the sport has given back.
In 2004, Palmer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from
George W. Bush during a White House ceremony. In addition, he is
a charter member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and a member of
the American Golf Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the PGA Hall
of Fame, which is headquartered in the sunshine state of Florida.
During the 1980s, Palmer played a significant part in the fundraising
activities that led to the creation of the Orlando-based Arnold
Palmer Hospital for Children and Women. Today, Palmer divides his
time between Pennsylvania, which he primarily enjoys during the
warmer seasons, and California. For fans, Arnold Palmer is one of
the most gracious sports figures in history. A willing autograph
signer and a kind-hearted gentleman who always has the time to shake
hands or pose for a photo, Arnold Palmer is a fan favorite both
on and off the golf course.
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