Arnold Palmer's first golf course for sale

By Mark Pesto
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Arnold Palmer's first golf course for sale

Indian Lake Golf Club, the first 18-hole golf course ever designed by golf legend and western Pennsylvania native Arnold Palmer, has been put up for sale, the club's board of directors announced Wednesday.

The club is located in Indian Lake Borough, Somerset County, approximately 40 miles from Palmer's hometown of Latrobe.

"Until very recently, we were working with local interested parties, but unfortunately no offers have come to the table, so we are expanding our efforts to secure a buyer for this amazing property with historic ties to golf legend Arnold Palmer," club President Clair Gill said in a statement.

"It is our goal to secure a buyer to keep 'Arnie's First' golf course open and functioning for golfers to enjoy for years to come."

The first nine holes of the par-72, 6,700-yard course opened in 1967, kickstarting Palmer's long and distinguished career in golf course design.

More than 300 golf courses around the world now bear Palmer's name.

"Indian Lake is something that I will always remember and I will always come back as long as I live," Palmer said in 2009 at a ceremony during which the championship course was dedicated to him. "I am proud of what has happened here."

Palmer came back to play his first golf course several times throughout his life before he passed away on Sept. 25, 2016.

The club is located on a peninsula overlooking the lake which gave it its name -- a 750-acre, horseshoe-shaped private lake that represents the heart of a 2,000-acre recreation area that boasts boating, sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, fishing, hiking and biking.

The sale includes not only the 18-hole, 240-acre golf course, but also a pro shop and clubhouse with a kitchen, a bar, a dining room and a deck overlooking three of the course's most scenic holes. Also included are the driving range, the putting green and a maintenance building and equipment.

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The club's board of directors is accepting serious inquiries from potential buyers via email at

This article is written by Mark Pesto from The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network.