The Arnold Palmer Invitational returns to Bay Hill this week for the first since the passing of its beloved founder last September. Arnold Palmer first played Bay Hill in 1965. His legacy on both the course and throughout the Orlando area will be long-lasting.
Reminders of the King will be everywhere this week at Bay Hill – even once you get past the 13-foot bronze statue of Palmer behind the first tee unveiled Saturday. A mini-museum of artifacts and memorabilia from Palmer’s office in Latrobe, Pa., will be available for spectators to see. And, of course, Palmer’s name and likeness will impossible to miss once you enter the Bay Hill grounds.
Ten years after play Bay Hill for the first time, he would own the place. The PGA Tour made it a regular stop in 1979.