Ironically, Bay Hill, the golf course most closely associated with the King and site of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, is not one of his original designs. That credit goes to Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, who in 1961 charted holes through rolling hills and citrus groves on the outskirts of what was then the sleepy town of Orlando. Since that time, Palmer has made countless nips and tucks to Bay Hill to amplify its challenge while designing hundreds of courses around the world. With a timely assist from television, it was Arnie who captivated the masses in the 1960’s with his daring, go-for-broke style. His best resort and daily-fee courses are sprinkled with the kind of risk-reward options Palmer himself liked to face in his prime.
By: Brian McCallen