The Greenbrier Mourns the Death of Arnold Palmer

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – (September 26, 2016): The Greenbrier is mourning the death of one of the great icons of the game of golf and an American legend, Arnold Palmer, who passed away Sunday night at the age of 87.

Palmer has a long history with The Greenbrier, first visiting the property with his family nearly 60 years ago and playing golf with the legendary Sam Snead, The Greenbrier’s longtime Golf Professional and first Golf Professional Emeritus. Palmer picked up his first professional victory at America’s Resort in a Pro-­Am tournament in 1954, winning $750 along with an amateur named Spencer Olin. He made numerous visits to White Sulphur Springs after that and played rounds on The Greenbrier’s world class courses. Palmer was recently teaming with Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino on designing a new mountaintop golf course on The Greenbrier's property that will be the only collaboration with the four legends. Palmer was at The Greenbrier for the groundbreaking of that course last fall.


“It breaks all of our hearts at The Greenbrier to lose Arnold Palmer. What an incredible golfer, but more so, what an incredible human being --The King. I’m so proud that I had the chance to know him and work with him. We’re certainly going to miss him. We’re obviously sad that Arnold Palmer won’t get to see the completion of the new course, but we’re honored that he’s been such a big part of its planning. We will continue to work with his design team, as well as the other legends, and will work harder than ever to make sure the new course properly honors Arnold Palmer’s legacy. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all of Arnold Palmer's family and friends." ­-- Jim Justice, Owner and CEO, The Greenbrier


"Arnold Palmer meant the same to me as he did to everybody else. He put golf where it is today. Arnold Palmer didn't pass away, we just won't see him physically. But he'll be here forever and ever. I know that 300 years from now, people will still be talking about Arnold Palmer. It's a great loss. He was like a father to me. I still remember the day and the month I first met Arnold Palmer. It was on the 18th green of Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., when he congratulated me on winning the U.S. Open. That's the first time I shook hands with Arnold Palmer, and we've been close friends since. I was privileged to play with Arnold in the last competitive round he played in Houston, and I still have the ball he signed for me that day. At The Greenbrier, we're proud that one of the last golf courses he helped design was here at Oakhurst. He's going to be missed but not forgotten. I know what Arnold Palmer would want in his memory is for everybody to go out and play as much golf as possible." -- ­­ Lee Trevino, Golf Professional Emeritus, The Greenbrier

"We lost a true legend. Mr. Palmer paved the way we see golf today. He was charismatic, extremely gracious with his time, humble and a true class act. No matter who it was, Arnie always made you feel like family. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy and impact on the game will last forever. Prayers go out to the Palmer family." -- Bubba Watson, The Greenbrier Sporting Club Member