Old-time ambassadors doing it right

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Arnold Palmer and Peter Jacobsen are true ambassadors of the sport they love.

Palmer is one of the greatest legends in golf and Jacobsen is setting a pretty good legacy of his own.

After walking away from the game professionally at the 2004 Masters, Palmer has continued his love for designing courses. To date, the 77-year-old has designed more than 228 courses across the world, three of which are in Canada.

"Golf course design has changed radically over the years. One of the biggest challenges in golf course design is to make every course different," Palmer said.

"I build my courses to all be different and I don't want anyone to be able to distinguish something and recognize it. This will be the first time I see this golf course and it will give me ideas that will help me choose things to be different for the next course I build."

Palmer rarely makes appearances like the one at Blackhawk yesterday. The Hall-of-Fame golfer doesn't have to come out and interact with the fans, but it's something he feels he needs to do for the right cause.

"I do not do exhibitions or anything of that nature, but I like to do things like this for charities that are important to me," Palmer said.

Jacobsen made his third straight appearance at the Blackhawk for this charity event.

He feels that events like these are a rare occurrence with today's golfers.

"When Arnie was playing the tour, he was one of the 'Big 3,' along with guys like Jack (Nicklaus) Gary Player, Lee Trevino. They would do a lot of exhibition matches promoting the game of golf," said Jacobsen.

"The game of golf got as big as it did because of guys like them and so many of the top players in the game today don't do a lot of events like this and I think it's a shame."


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