A Tribute to Arnold Palmer w/ Hall of Famer Craig Shankland

By on September 28, 2016

Arnold Palmer was The King! He lived a great life and influenced so many of us.

Legendary instructor Craig Shankland played on the PGA Tour during the Palmer era. He shares a few great stories of times he interacted with the King.

I also had a couple of stories with Mr. Palmer. One in person and one from a distance.

Please listen to the podcast below.

If you had a great interaction with Mr. Palmer, please share below.


Charlie King is a Golf Digest 50 Best Instructor and a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. He is the author of 3 golf instruction books with one on the way. He created the website www.antimethodgolf.com to help golfers keep their uniqueness as they improve at this crazy, great game.

    Find more about me on:
  • googleplus
  • facebook
  • skype
  • twitter


  1. Mike Meredith

    September 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    1981 Senior Open at Oakland Hills. Arnie was locked in a tight battle with Billy Casper and Bob Stone. As he marched up the tough 17th par 3 near the ropes, I had my young son on my shoulders so he would have a good view. As Arnie passed us, he looked up at him and with a big smile, gave him a thumbs up. I remember it like it was yesterday. He went on to win in an 18-hole playoff. Thanks for the memories, Arnie. Rest in peace.

  2. Ken Towe

    September 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I attended the British Open at St. Andrews in 1970. From Chuck Howard, TV producer with ABC Sports, I had a pass to go almost anywhere on the course, including the R&A clubhouse. With my telephoto lens standing behind Palmer on the 18th hole I took a photo of his swing to the green from his lie in front of the bridge that you show him standing on and waving. I submitted it to the memory book the USGA had for Palmer on his 80th birthday. Sorry that I cannot attach a copy here. it’s a great photo.

  3. John Gregus

    September 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I had the opportunity to play Bay Hill many years ago while I was attending the PGA Show in Orlando. While driving into Bay Hill I saw Mr. Palmer out by the curb and I had to stop and say hello. While I was in awe and just thrilled to have the privilege to see the King, I said hello Mr. Palmer, so nice to meet you. While I turned and started to walk away, he said, what’s your name son? I was so taken back by his presence I forgot to tell him who I was…knowing I was nervous, he took the time to make me feel like he knew me and like the pleasure was all his.
    What a GREAT Person!

  4. Craig K

    September 29, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I was fortunate to have Mr. Palmer present me a sales award for Jacobsen Textron Golf Division. He was such a gentlemen and honor, two weeks later a frames autographed picture of Mr. Palmer presenting me the award, was mailed to me. The funny part of the story is I was fired 30 minutes after the picture for interviewing with another company. It also had a golf twist the person I interviewed with was Peter Jacobsen’s brother. Mr. Palmer Thank you because you turned what could of been the worst night ever into one of the best night ever

  5. Joe Cardosi

    September 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I was at Augusta National during a practice round and my host and I were walking the course when we noticed that Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer were about to tee off on the hole we were walking. We were about 200+ yards down the fairway in the rough where spectators were allowed to walk behind the ropes. As we neared the ropes, Arnold hit his tee shot and it sliced toward us rolling surely into the rough and into the trees behind us. I deftly blocked the shot with my foot and let it bounce back into the fairway. I had been touched by greatness and it was one of my favorite moments in golf.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *