“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening—and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”
“Golf is a bond that has drawn us all together and created a special fraternity among celebrities of show business, sports and politics.”
When I stopped by the Golf Channel headquarters today it was hard to miss the empty spot up front dedicated for Arnold Palmer. The 84-year-old golfing legend was busy with his duties up in Augusta, Georgia where The Masters Tournament is being held.
Last month The Hollywood Reporter wrote about a three-part documentary on the life and career of Arnold Palmer that is the first project by Golf Channel Films. (The doc begins airing Sunday night 4/13/14.)
“The Palmer documentary has been over a year in the making and will include more than 100 interviews with Palmer’s friends, peers and fans including President Clinton, Kurt Russell, Herm Edwards, Bob Costas, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. The film is produced by veteran NBC Sports and Olympics producer Israel DeHerrera and written by 18-time Emmy winner Aaron Cohen.”
The Hollywood Reporter 3/5/14
Part of what’s made Palmer so iconic over the years is he helped grow the game via television and his entertainment connections. Aside from televised tournaments where he batted Jack Nicklaus, he also appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson numerous times and also in the Bob Hope movie Call Be Bwana (1963). Hope was an avid golfer—he once said he told jokes to pay for his greens s fee—and he was a long time friend of Palmer.
Here’s another side of Palmer that you may not know about. Here’s a 3-minute video for The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children made by Jon Strong that tied for Best In Show at this year’s Addy Awards in Orlando.