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Arnold Palmer

Took a 12 on This Hole

 
 
Arnold Palmer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
1. Arnold Palmer Marker
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On Friday January 6, 1961, the first day of the 35th L.A. Open, Arnold Palmer, voted Golfer of the Year and Professional Athlete of the Year, took a 12 on this hole.
As an inspiration to all golfers, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce dedicates this plaque on January 3, 1963.
Rededicated on May 17, 2017.

How Palmer Made His 12

After hitting a fine drive, he proceeded to hit two shots into the driving range and two more onto Patricia Avenue. He hit his sixth shot to the green and two putted. These eight strokes, plus four penalty strokes, added up to 12.

"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."

Arnold Palmer
1929 - 2016
 
Erected 2017 by Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, and The First Tee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is January 6, 1961.
 
Location. 34° 
Arnold Palmer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
2. Arnold Palmer Marker
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2.438′ N, 118° 24.864′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Patricia Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located in the Rancho Park Golf Course at the 18th hole. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10460 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Legion Building (approx. 1˝ miles away); Ivy Substation (approx. 1.6 miles away); Main Street (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Citizen Publishing Building (approx. 1.6 miles away); St. Augustine's Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Hull Building (approx. 1.6 miles away); Culver Theater (approx. 1.7 miles away); M-G-M Studio (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Arnold Palmer. After Palmer’s initial drive, instead of using an iron for the second shot, he went for a birdie using a 3-wood, and hit out-of-bounds. He did the same thing three more times before finally landing on the green on his fifth try. When asked how he managed to make a 12, Palmer’s reply was summarized by a reporter: "I missed my putt for an 11."

The 18th hole is Par 5. In 1961 it was the 9th hole. The L.A. Open is no longer held at Rancho Park Golf Course.
 
Original Marker, now missing image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker
3. Original Marker, now missing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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