Golf presents its fair share of high-pressure situations.
How do you carry on the legacy of one of golf’s most beloved and influential figures after his passing?
That’s something the Arnold Palmer Design Company grapples with every day. In this episode, Golf Advisor Senior Writers Brad Klein and Tim Gavrich sat down with one of APDC’s principals, Brandon Johnson.
Johnson and colleague Thad Layton recently finished renovating the practice facility at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. It includes an innovative 2 1/2-acre short game facility, as well as a reimagined driving range that should delight PGA Tour pros, members and guests alike.
Other topics included Johnson’s path into golf course architecture, his relationship with Arnold Palmer and much more.
Some highlights from the episode:
Johnson explains how he came to be an architect, and details the other illustrious professions he put aside in order to design golf courses for a living.
Just steps from the first tee at Bay Hill, Johnson talks about the responsibility of caring for a course so deeply tied to the great Arnold Palmer.
Johnson details the experimental approach he and Layton took to laying out Bay Hill's new short game facility.
Johnson details the "magic" that happens while spending time on-site designing a golf course.
Klein and Gavrich discover a common thread between Johnson and Cream member Ginger Baker.