At the 1961 Los Angeles Open, Arnold Palmer, “The King”, famously took a 12 on the 9th hole of the Rancho Park Golf Course. After hitting his drive down the middle of the fairway, he proceeded to hit four shots out of bounds before finally reaching the green and two putting. On his website, Mr. Palmer considers this event the 21st most memorable moment of his life.
On May 17, 2017, with the blessing of Mr. Palmer, The First Tee of Los Angeles in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks unveiled a new plaque to commemorate this piece of unique Los Angeles golf history. The ceremony was punctuated by World Golf Hall of Famer Amy Alcott remembering her memories of Mr. Palmer and honoring his legacy by playing the hole in front of a group of Arnie’s Army.
Thank you to the Rancho Park Golf Club and the following individuals/companies who supported this project to restore a piece of Los Angeles golf history and raise money for The First Tee of Los Angeles programs.