A Life Well Played: My Stories

A Life Well Played: My Stories

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This book is Palmer’s parting gift to the world — a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers, golfers and non-golfers alike, will celebrate and cherish. No one has won more fans around the world and no player has had a bigger impact on the sport of golf than Arnold Palmer. In fact, Palmer is considered by many to be the most important professional golfer in history, an American icon.

In A Life Well Played, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. This book is for Arnie’s Army and all golf fans but it is more than just a golf book; Palmer had tremendous success off the course as well and is most notable for his exemplary sportsmanship and business success, while always giving back to the fans who made it all possible. Gracious, fair, and a true gentleman, “Arnie” was the gold standard of how to conduct yourself in your career, life, and relationships. Perfect for men and women of all ages, his final book offers advice and guidance, sharing personal stories of his career on the course, success in business, and the great relationships that gave meaning to his life.


  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 11, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250085942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250085948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  1. This is a beautiful little book, a great read, the perfect gift for the golfers and Arnie fans on your list. It includes current stories– In one chapter Mr. Palmer writes about challenges a well known golfer faced in 2015. This little book gives me a greater appreciation of Mr Palmer’s Well Played Life.

  2. What a great story. I felt like I wads walking with Mr. Palmer through his life. He has always been an inspiration to me. I cried when I heard of his passing. No line will ever fill his shoes. Society could learn so much by reading this book. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if we treated people the Mr. Palmer did. It was indeed a life well played.

  3. This was Arnold Palmer’s 13th book, and the sequel to his 1999 autobiography A Golfer’s Life. The book, which was published shortly after his death on September 25 at age 87, features 75 short stories on a wide range of topics under the headings of Golf, Life and Business. As a bonus, on the audiobook version of the book, Arnie reads the beginning section of the book, be it in a very weak voice.
    Arnie writes that the biggest influence in golf and life was his father, “Paps”. He taught him to be a sportsman and good sportsmanship. He rode him hard and rarely complimented him. His parents taught him manners and respect. Other major influences on his were his first wife Winnie, agent Mark McCormack, and the game of golf.
    Of the 75 stories Palmer includes here, I had many favorites. Among them were:

    • His love of Latrobe Country Club (he considered Latrobe to be home), Bay Hill, and Pebble Beach.
    • His thoughts about Jack Nicklaus
    • Playing boldly, charging and going for broke
    • Arnie’s Army
    • His thoughts on civility, trust (sealing some of his most important business deals with just a handshake), and listening well.
    • Signing autographs (and doing a good job of it too)
    • His love and devotion to first wife Winnie
    • His love of flying. He wrote that had he not made a career of playing golf, he would have most likely been an airline pilot.
    • His heroes (his father, Bryon Nelson, Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones).
    • His charity efforts, especially those related to children
    • His relationship to Ike (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
    • Golf course design.Read more ›

  4. I got the distinct impression that Arnie put considerable time and effort into this very enjoyable book. It is definitely not something written by a ghostwriter that he just signed off on.

    My favorite chapter is the one where he describes his relationship with his long-time friend, Jack Nicklaus. It ends with Arnie’s thoughts on how to be a good winner and avoid being a poor loser. There is an aging superstar player trying to come back from some physical problems who would do well to heed Arnie’s advice.

    If I had to come up with a description of this book using just a few words, they would be “profoundly moving”. You can’t help but be in awe of the man Arnold Palmer was.

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