Lowcountry legacy lives on for golf legend Arnold Palmer

September 26 17:34 2016 Print This Article

Arnold Palmer, generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history, died on Sunday evening from complication of a heart condition. He was 87.

Nicknamed “The King” by his peers, Palmer was one of golf’s most popular stars and its most important trailblazer. He is also considered by many the first superstar of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s. Between 1958 and 1964, Palmer won 7 men’s major US golf championships. He was later inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

Near the end of his playing career, Palmer became instrumental in shaping the way others enjoyed the game of golf by becoming a course architect, designing more than 300 courses worldwide. Palmer was a recipient of the American Society of Golf Course Architects’ Donald Ross Award for lifetime achievement in 1999.

RiverTowne Country Club

Palmer called RiverTowne “a course as beautiful to non-golfers as it is to veteran players.” | Click for larger image +

Palmer is no stranger to the Lowcountry.

Palmer designed and constructed the course at RiverTowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant in 2001, which remains the only Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course in the Charleston area. The course is beautifully situated overlooking Horlbeck Creek and the Wando River. RiverTowne holds a star rating of 4.5 by Golf Digest, has been recognized by the South Carolina Golf Panel as “Best You Can Play” on multiple occasions, and has hosted the LPGA Tour twice.

“We are saddened by the loss of one of golf’s greats,” says Pete Dunham, Director of Golf at RiverTowne Country Club.

Other Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Courses in South Carolina include Myrtle Beach National at King’s North, Myrtle Beach National South Creek, Myrtle Beach National West Course, Crescent Pointe Golf Club in Bluffton, Crescent Pointe Golf Club in Clinton, Old Tabby Links at Spring Island, The Reserve at Lake Keowee, and Wexford Plantation at Hilton Head Island.

With each round of golf played on these courses, Palmer’s legacy will forever live on.

Palmer is survived by his second wife, Kathleen Gawthorp; two daughters, Peggy Wears and Amy Saunders; two sisters, Lois Jean Tilley and Sandra Sarni; a brother, Jerry; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.