Golf Legend Arnold Palmer is Coming to State College

Professional golfer and iced tea tycoon Arnold Palmer is coming to State College tomorrow for the launch of a special project at The Village at Penn State, a senior living facility. He will be there at noon to announce the development of Palmer Park, according to the Centre Daily Times.

Palmer is regarded by many as one of the greatest golfers of all time, earning himself 92 overall victories. He was the PGA Player of the Year in 1960 and ’62, captained the Ryder Cup Team in 1963 and ’75, and had four victories at The Masters. Oh, and the man makes a pretty mean lemonade/iced tea too.

Thursday’s event will include a reception, turf grass exhibit, golf Q&A and demonstration, remarks from Liberty Lutheran CEO Luanne Fisher, viewing of Palmer Park concepts, live music, food, and drinks.

A construction date has not been set for Palmer Park. Expected features of the park are listed below.

  • Deluxe practice area with a 10,000 square-foot bentgrass putting green, chipping areas, and grass swales
  • A multi-purpose lawn for croquet, lawn bowling, gatherings, and other activities
  • Connected walkways and paths with areas for socializing, benches for relaxing, and wellness areas
  • Unique water features that offer tranquility and ambiance
  • Beautiful greenway with elegant, country-club style entrance along Palmer Park
  • A “town clock” as a central meeting spot and landmark for the park

“As people age, we want them to keep an active lifestyle going,” Facility Executive Director Ellen Corbin told the CDT. “This is our opportunity to combine his design, and bring it into here, and create many different things.”

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Jessica Tully is a first-year law student at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. She graduated in May 2014 with degrees in journalism and political science.


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