Arnold Palmer memorial service announced for October 4 following private family funeral

"We are encouraging people who want to pay any tribute or have any reflections to go to the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, which provides a landscape and an environment for meditation, for leaving flowers or messages", Johnston said.

Before Arnold Palmer became a golf icon and sporting legend, he was a student at Wake Forest University before the school moved to Winston-Salem. Cavner formed Pro Links Sports in 1992, putting on PGA Tour and Champions Tour events, plus corporate outings. He wrote reams of personal thank-you notes to sponsors and fans.

30 years later, "The King" returned to the Gulf Coast to design and build the courses at Craft Farms, Gulf Shores Mayor, Robert Craft, "brought back all these floods of memories that the unique opportunity that I had as a young man that I had to work side by with him and build and design these golf courses".

Known as one of the most approachable, generous and respected players the game of golf has ever been impacted by, Palmer is being remembered worldwide for his contributions not only on the golf course - but in his charitable efforts, sportsmanship and love for his fans. What an incredible golfer, but more so, what an incredible human being -The King. "He said ' hi, I'm Arnold Palmer' and I said I know", Peterson said. Long before he was Mayor of Gulf Shores, Robert Craft was working for, and with, his late father, and a Arnold Palmer designed course helped put South Baldwin County golf on the map, and the Palmer's and Craft's developed a long friendship, "we would not be in the context we are, had it not been for him buying into our plan and buying into a relationship with my father that really convinced him to come over and do this". It was announced by Alastair Johnston, the CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, during a news conference at Latrobe Country Club on Monday.

"Without question Arnold's participation in The Open Championship in the early 1960s was the catalyst to truly internationalize golf", European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said.

Between 1961 and 1975, he played and/or captained in seven Ryder Cups, winning them all.

"Muff, I will raise my glass and toast your life tonight my friend, and hope to be reunited for another round together in time".

Nicklaus, 76, also spoke about how Palmer "transcended" golf. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. "I know Jack had always been a wonderful friend of Arnie's, and the two enjoyed each other's company".

"He played hard and he always seemed to rise to the occasion", Hernly said.

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