Golf: La Manga Club says farewell to one of the greatest players in the sport's history, Arnold Palmer
The American won the Spanish Open in 1975, which was held here at La Manga Club. He also oversaw the redesign of the South Course in 1996 and one of the lakes was named in his honour.
La Manga Club, 26 September 2016. One of the greatest golfing figures of all time, Arnold Palmer, has died aged 87. La Manga Club will always remember him fondly as he was the winner of one of the first Open Golf Championship to be held at La Manga Club. The 1975 tournament was also the first time Arnold Palmer came to a Spanish Championship.
In a video recorded to mark the 40th anniversary of La Manga Club, Arnold Palmer recalled the moment: “I remember playing the Spanish Open there in 1975 and hit three shots off the fairway, only winning the final hole by 1 shot”. 21 years after this great victory, Arnold Palmer would be responsible for remodelling the South Course at La Manga Club, giving reason to why one of the lakes on the course now bears his name, Lake Palmer. The American Golfer considered La Manga Club to be one of the best golf courses in Europe.
Arnold Palmer will always have a special place in the heart of La Manga Club, and not only because of his input into the stunning South Course. Some weeks ago, a special corner in the 37 Spike & Sports Bar was created as a tribute to the great world golfing figure, who continued to have a close relationship with La Manga Club up until the present day.
You can watch the 40th anniversary of La Manga Club video here, in which Arnold Palmer's talks about his participation in the 1975 Spanish Open.
Arnold Palmer, the great man golf
Arnold Palmer is credited with bring the sport of golf to the masses through television. His story begins in 1954 when he won the title of U.S Amateur Champion. A year later he became a professional and thereafter won 62 victories on the PGA Tour. He was named “Athlete of the Decade” for his performance during the 60s, winning 42 of his tournaments, including the U.S. Open, two Masters and two British Opens. In 1967 he became the first PGA Tour player to accumulate more than a million dollars in prize money.
Here you can read ten interesting facts you may not know about the life of Arnold Palmer.