The Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando Florida (www.bayhill.com), Palmer’s winter home and host course for the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, came in at number 51, up from 2008’s rank of 54.
The Bay Hill course saw significant renovations in 2009 and received it’s first true test at the 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. PGA TOUR pros and club members alike have voiced overwhelmingly positive opinions on the renovations which were conducted under Palmer’s keen eye.
“I think it’s brilliant.” said Ernie Els, 2010 champion of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. “They are really tough pin positions. I mean, 11-under won. That’s where, as a designer, that’s where you want the winning score to be.”
“Even though Bay Hill is a private course, you’re still able to stay at the lodge and play a round of golf.” said Palmer. “I really like that golfers are able to play my course as the PGA TOUR pros do.”
Coming in at #96 on the list is Deacon’s Lodge at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa Minnesota (http://www.grandviewlodge.com/).
The course is named after Palmer’s father “Deacon” and is an 18-hole par 72 championship course which features impeccably maintained Bentgrass greens, tees and fairways that smoothly flow across 500 acres of gorgeous forest, wetlands and lakes.
“Deacon’s Lodge is very inspiring and challenging” said Palmer. “It’s a very beautiful setting.”
To view a complete list of Arnold Palmer Design Company courses visit www.arnoldpalmerdesign.com.