Arnold Palmer has announced that he will assume full authority for his golf course design business, which will be renamed the Arnold Palmer Design Company and will move later this year from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to new quarters at Palmer’s Bay Hill Club in Orlando.
The relocation will enable Palmer to be more active in his roles as president and chairman of the long-established firm, formerly known as the Palmer Course Design Company.
Another motivation for the move was the illness of Ed Seay, with whom Palmer formed the company in 1971. Although unable to be fully active, Seay will remain involved with the company as Palmer’s personal counsellor. Seay is a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
All of the firm’s present employees have been ask to continue in their present capacities at the new Bay Hill offices. The target date for the transition is 1st October.
“Since my golf has not been up to the standards I have always set for myself, I have not been playing in tour events this year,” Palmer said. “So that gives me the time to be more in charge of the company and personally get more involved in the designing. This is something that I have wanted to do for many years. With the company right at my club in Orlando, I can be hands-on much more of the time.”
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