Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Amen Corner got its name in a 1958 Sports Illustrated article penned by Herbert Warren Winn. Winn named holes #11, #12 and #13 "Amen Corner" when Arnold Palmer received a favorable ruling that led to his first major victory and decades later was still being challenged by runner-up Ken Venturi.

"Golden Bell" , 312, Par 3 22" x 28"

The official version:

"Saturday evening in 1958, heavy rains soaked the course. For Sunday’s round, a local rule was adopted allowing a player whose ball was embedded to lift and drop it without penalty. Sunday on No. 12, Arnold Palmer hit his ball over the green and the ball embedded in the steep bank behind it. Being uncertain about the applicability of the local rule, the official on the hole and Palmer agreed that the ball should be played as it lay and that Palmer could play a second ball which he dropped. Palmer holed out for a 5 with the original ball and a 3 with the second ball. The committee was asked to decide if the local rule was applicable and if so, which score should count.

"At No. 13, still unsure of what his score was at 12, Palmer sank an 18-foot putt for eagle 3. When he was playing No. 15, Palmer was told his drop at 12 was proper and that his score on the hole was 3, leading to his first major victory."

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