The PGA Tour annual visit to the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Bay Hill in March has become a pre-Masters staple for many of the golf world’s best.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Tour’s first official visit to Bay Hill. In 1965, Palmer won a charity exhibition tournament at Bay Hill and fell in love with the club and its surroundings. Meanwhile, that same year, Walt Disney announced the purchase of over 27,000 acres of land nearby for Walt Disney World.
In 1970, Palmer took out a five-year lease on the property with an option to buy. Palmer bought the facility in 1975 and brought the PGA Tour back to Orlando full-time starting in 1979.
Palmer on died Sept. 25, 2016, shortly before the 2016 Ryder Cup. He would be turning 90 this year.
With that in mind, here are 90 photos to honor his life and legacy.
The gallery on the 18th hole looks pleased with a chip to the green, but Arnold Palmer, center, looks less than pleased with his shot during a practice round at Cherry Hills Country Club, June 12, 1978, Cherry Hills, Colo. Palmer, who won the 1960 US Open here, was among many golfers making practice rounds before Thursdays opening round of the 78th U.S. Open. (AP Photo)
A sweat soaked Arnold Palmer watches the flight of his ball as he drives from the third tee in the third round of the U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa on June 18, 1977. The temperature was in the upper 90s and golfers were complaining about the heat. Palmer started the third round with a 36-hole score of 142. (AP Photo)