Former Masters champion Arnold Palmer of the U.S. reacts after hitting his drive during the ceremonial start of the 2014 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta

Arnold Palmer – Forever The King

The last time I saw Arnold Palmer was about 15 months ago at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. It was the King’s winter home and there was hardly a day that went by when he wasn’t in his office or in the dining room.

On this day,  he was in the Lodge, which features a great set of guest rooms perfect for golf buddy trips and golf getaways.


I walked up to the legend near the Lodge’s front desk and said: “Mr. Palmer, I’m Steve Pike. It’s good to see you again sir.

Mr. Palmer shook my hand and replied: “Steve, how long have I known you?”

I said: “More than 20 years.”

Mr. Palmer: “And what have I always told you to call me?”

I gulped: “Arnold.”

Mr. Palmer: “You’re damn right.”

I said. “Yes sir, Mr. Palmer.”

Now I’m saying goodbye, Mr. Palmer.



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