At the 1961 Los Angeles Open, Arnold Palmer, “The King”, famously took a 12 on the 9th hole of the Rancho Park Golf Course. After hitting his drive down the middle of the fairway, he proceeded to hit four shots out of bounds before finally reaching the green and two putting. On his website, Mr. Palmer considers this event the 21st most memorable moment of his life.

On May 17, 2017, with the blessing of Mr. Palmer, The First Tee of Los Angeles in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks unveiled a new plaque to commemorate this piece of unique Los Angeles golf history. The ceremony was punctuated by World Golf Hall of Famer Amy Alcott remembering her memories of Mr. Palmer and honoring his legacy by playing the hole in front of a group of Arnie’s Army.

Thank you to the Rancho Park Golf Club and the following individuals/companies who supported this project to restore a piece of Los Angeles golf history and raise money for The First Tee of Los Angeles programs.

American Golf Foundation
Paul Andreuszkewicz
Daniel Bakaitis
Dennis J. Becking
Gerald S. Block
Jesse J. Bonner
Christopher Brandt
Glenn Forbes Bunting
Chris & Alva Castro Family
Dermot Connell
Bruce Cormicle
Tristan Crown
Marc Dauber
Nick & Phil Davis
Tom & Vickey Debrowski
Jack Devone
Andrew & Krisi Dervin Family
DigiStack Inc.
Robert Edelstein
Don Ellis
Harvey Englander
Evolution Media Capital
Dean & Shannon Factor
John & Celeste Farugia
Jeff Felix
John D. Finnegan
Rob Fukuzaki
John Garten
David Gautreaux
Steve P. Goldberg
Humberto R. Gray
Mark & Gerald Greenberg
Carol A. Grosvenor
Reid Guill
Larry W. Hannah
C. Thomas Hebert
Mervyn L. Hecht
Helmstetter Family
Dr. Larry B. Hill
Wendy Kay Hodgin
Gary & Ellen Holme
Ed Holmes
Tom & Janet Hopkins
D A Hovda
Arnoldo Jaquez, Jr.
John Jones
Jeff Kreitzman
Paco Larin
Darren Leach-Rouvi
Levine Brothers
William W. Linn Jr.
Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC
Don H Marks
The Menzel Family
John Paul Michnya
Stephen H. Miller
The Nelson Family
Jack & Barbara Nicklaus
Hon. Robert O’Neill
Pheffer Law
Nick, Susan & Ed Plummer
Devesh Purohit
Rancho Park Golf Club
Roger Dunn Golf Shops
Lee & L.A. Ross
Justin Schuman
Bob Sevy
Jim Shaw
Southern California PGA
S. Thor Tandberg
Carey & Vicki Tokirio Family
Gary Townsend
Kevin Velligan
Cathy & Robert Wagner
Robert Weisman
Karen & Jerry West
Larry Wheat
Ernest R. Williams
David & Theodora Wright
Francis Yamazaki
David Ziebarth