Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida–Arnold Palmer headlined festivities for a charity golf tournament at The Signature at West Neck, an 18-hole championship, daily fee golf course in Virginia Beach, VA on July 7, 2003. The golf tournament was held for the benefit of Hope Haven Children’s Home.
During his pre-round practice routine, Palmer fielded questions from invited guests. In an exhibition, Palmer played the front nine holes of the 7,010 yard, par 72 Signature course. He then assisted the owner of the course, Dick Foster of Baymark Construction, in presenting a check to Hope Haven Children’s Home. The tournament raised $26,000 for Hope Haven, a Christian based shelter for children from distressed family situations.
“We are proud to have The Signature at West Neck as one of our Signature designed courses” said Palmer. “This course represents my basic design philosophy of being exciting and enjoyable for all players, while respecting and preserving the existing terrain.”
Joining Palmer for the events, from Palmer Course Design Company was, Vicki Martz, the company’s Vice President, and the golf course’s architect. The course boasts TifSport Bermuda grass fairways and bentgrass greens, and was designed with five sets of tees, measuring from 7,010 (gold tees) to 5,012 (red tees). This site offered us the ability to produce a very scenic golf course that blends with the natural environment yet provides a very challenging but fair round.
“All of us at Palmer Course Design are proud that this course is hosting a golf tournament for such a worthy cause,” said Martz.
Palmer Course Design Company is an international golf course planning and design organization formed by Palmer and Seay over thirty years ago. The foundation of its design and business philosophy is the genuine, traditional and sound standard of excellence exhibited by Arnold Palmer, the game’s most famous player and ambassador. Whether the course is private, public, or resort, the Palmer standard of excellence is the foundation of every design. The Palmer Course Design Company has more than 250 active projects and open golf courses, covering 36 states and 20 countries.