Club Name Pays Homage to "The King"

   ​In 1989 Arnold Palmer was given the daunting assignment of turning a nondescript former onion and garlic farm into a championship golf course to be part of the Dayton Valley Country Club Community. Mr. Palmer made about a half-dozen trips to Dayton to oversee the design and construction of the golf course. His design partner Ed Seay had a more frequent role in the supervision of the project.​​

The golf course opened for play on May 15, 1991 with an official Grand Opening to be presided over by Mr. Palmer with an 18-hole golf exhibition and reception scheduled in the fall. On the morning of October 22, 1991 the famed Lear Jet with the umbrella logo below the cockpit was expertly landed on the Dayton Valley airstrip piloted by none other than the King himself.
Although a seasoned, expert pilot this was no small accomplishment for “Arnie” as average wind speeds on the day were near 80 miles per hour with consistent gusts of over 100 miles per hour.

Needless to say there was not any golf exhibition played that day under those horrific high wind conditions. And sadly, the King has not ever played the golf course and it may be the only one of his designs that he hasn’t played. However, it has not deterred Palmer from asserting in subsequent interviews that he feels Dayton Valley is one of his finer pieces of design work and he wishes it would receive more recognition on the national and world golf stage. He did say that being a host site for PGA Tour and Tour Qualifying tournaments for an ongoing record number of consecutive years is clear validation of the quality of the championship layout.

The men’s golf club at Dayton Valley is honored to pay homage to one of the all-time greats of golf and a true gentleman with the name “Dayton Valley Palmer Club”. We vow to continue the tradition and uphold the values the Palmer name signifies and see that the Dayton Valley Golf Course will always continue to maintain Arnie’s high standards. Your legacy will live forever within our hearts Mr. Palmer.
Palmer Club President and golf writer Larry Windsor interviews Mr. Palmer at ArrowCreek Country Club in 1999, one of the King's last visits to the Reno-Tahoe-Carson area. Palmer shared many fond thoughts and memories about his design at Dayton Valley Golf Club despite never being able to personally play the completed work.