“The King” to Help Crown Newly Restored WPB Golf Course

Public Invited to Take Advantage of Reduced Rates Nov. 17-20

City of West Palm Beach Mayor Lois J. Frankel announced today that Arnold Palmer, known as “The King” and one of the greatest golfers in history, will be on hand to help the City reopen the newly restored West Palm Beach Golf Course on Monday, November 16, 2009.  The public is invited to attend the reopening ceremonies.  The ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Palmer has a special connection to the golf course, having won the former PGA Tour event known as the West Palm Beach Invitational.  2009 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Palmer’s victory.

“It’s tremendously exciting to have one of the biggest names in the history of golf joining us as we tee it up to celebrate the reopening of this historic public course,” said Mayor Lois Frankel.

Palmer will join a group of professional golfers and local leaders who will hit ceremonial tee shots on the first hole of the course.   Distinguished guests will include Mark McCumber (who designed the restoration of the course), Solheim Cup Captains Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins, and other PGA and LPGA players.

Palmer’s participation is one of the many highlights of a full day of events and festivities that are planned for the course’s reopening, which include the inaugural West Palm Beach Charity Classic, benefiting Quantum House and the Ronald McDonald Charities of South Florida.  A full listing of events can be found at wpb.org/golf.

Member of the public wishing to attend this free day of festivities should park in the Palm Coast Plaza at the northwest corner of Dixie Highway and Gregory Road.  From there, a complimentary shuttle will provide transportation to the course.

Also as part of the grand reopening celebration, the public will be invited to play the West Palm Beach Golf Course at reduced rates from November 17-20, 2009.  During this special introductory period, golf fees will be $15 for members, $22 for West Palm Beach residents and $25 for non-residents, plus tax.  All paid golfers will get a $5 coupon to the new E.R. Bradley’s “Hole in One” restaurant located in the clubhouse.

The restoration of the West Palm Beach golf course was designed by Mark McCumber and Associates, founded by former PGA Tour star Mark McCumber.  Weitz Golf International is completing the construction work.  The restoration will reinforce the course’s original design which was crafted in 1947 by legendary golf course designer Dick Wilson.  The course and clubhouse are managed by JCD Sports Group.  The $3.5 million project is funded with green’s fees generated at the course.