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.