In photos: Many golf legends have been immortalized with great statues at courses around the world



Waterville Golf Links pays tribute to Payne Stewart with a statue near the clubhouse. (Jason Scott Deegan/TravelGolf)
The "Snake Pit" kicks off a difficult closing stretch of three holes starting on the par-4 16th on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. (Brandon Tucker/TravelGolf)
A wooden statue of the golfer stands in the crossroad, separating the first and 10th holes on the Heritage Hills Golf Course. (Oleg Volovik/TravelGolf)
Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas offers all the tradition of the British Open courses in Scotland and England. (Courtesy of Royal Links G.C.)
This statue of Killeen Castle designer Jack Nicklaus stands near the first tee. (Jason Scott Deegan/TravelGolf)
Old Tom Morris stands guard at his links at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Ireland. (Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor)
Before or after a round at Ballybunion Golf Club, every American should visit the Bill Clinton statue in the village. (Courtesy photo)
The famous Putter Boy statue watches over the five courses that operate out of the main clubhouse at Pinehurst. (Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor)
This statue at Royal Jersey Golf Club honors favorite son Harry Vardon, who in 1900 became the first Englishman to capture the U.S. Open. (Clive Agran/GolfAdvisor)
An incredible set of sculptures, featuring more than 100 wolves attacking a swordsman, lines the 18th hole of The Hills Golf Club, home of the New Zealand PGA Championship. (Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor)
Famed teacher Harvey Penick is immortalized in this statue with pupil and ACC member Tom Kite near the first tee of Austin Country Club. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The latest statue of Arnold Palmer was unveiled at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. (Getty Images)
On Kauai's Hokuala course, animal statues sit at several tee boxes like the third hole: "Camel." (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
A buffalo statue on display near the clubhouse at Buffalo Ridge Springs (while actual buffalo roam in the distance). (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Golfers pass a statue of Nick Faldo on the way to the first tee at the Lough Erne Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A statue of Indiana native Pete Dye greets golfers at his challenging course at French Lick, with one of his famous quotes: "The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flag stick on top..." (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Diminutive in height, Stanley Thompson had a larger-than-life persona and left behind some of Canada's most prized courses, including Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Payne Stewart's iconic 1999 U.S. Open fist-pump is immortalized behind the green at Pinehurst No. 2. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor )
Byron's Circle. A statue of Byron Nelson stands in the entrance of the course at the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas (Getty Images)
The statue of Donald Ross the designer of the No 2 course (left) and Richard S Tufts, founder of Pinehurst, can be found near the clubhouse. (Getty Images)
A statue, like this one on no. 5, accompanies every hole at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa to symbolize the leopard in various states, from awakening to hunting to the kill. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Pro Frank Lickliter II posed for this monument from the 2000 U.S. Open that sits on the Peter Hay Golf Course at Pebble Beach Resorts. (Courtesy of Pebble Beach Resorts )
Jason Scott Deegan poses with the Arnold Palmer statue at Tralee Golf Club in Ireland. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor )
The 15th tee on at PGA National's Champion Course, complete with statue and plaque, begins the Bear Trap. (Courtesy of PGA National Resort and Spa)
A carving of Old Tom Morris greets golfers at Tain Golf Club in the Scottish Highlands. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Large stone monuments are located throughout the Old Head Golf Links, telling players stories about the history of the location and the dramatic cliff-side course in Ireland. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A Bobby Jones statue swings toward the first fairway of the The Grand Golf Club in San Diego. Only guests of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar can play the private Tom Fazio course. (Courtesy of The Grand Golf Club )
The statue of course designer Jack Nicklaus outside the clubhouse at the Long Bay Golf Club near Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Courtesy of Long Bay Golf Club)
A Donald Ross statue at Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina. (Courtesy of Sedgefield Country Club)
A Pete Dye statue at the famed Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
A statue of Jack Nicklaus at the Vahalla Golf Club in Kentucky. (Courtesy of Jim Mandeville/Nicklaus Companies)
A statue of local legend Jack Nicklaus at the community entrance near the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio. (Courtesy of Jim Mandeville/Nicklaus Companies)
The Ladybug statue at the Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu was inspired by Hawaii’s own Michelle Wie, who won the 2014 LPGA LOTTE Championship at the course. (Courtesy of Ko Olina Golf Club )
A Seve Ballesteros statue greets visitors to The Shire London, his only 18-hole design in the United Kingdom. (Courtesy of Andy Hiseman )
A wood carving of eagles on the 13th hole at the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Michigan's upper peninsula. (Courtesy of Sweetgrass Golf Club )
Myrtle Beach National's clubhouse is shared by three courses: South Creek, King's North and the West course. Designer Arnold Palmer has a statue out front. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor )
Legendary amateur Francis Ouimet, who won the 1913 U.S. Open held at The Country Club in Brookline with 10-year-old caddie Eddie Lowery, is immortalized at the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course. (Courtesy of Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course)
A Ben Hogan statue at the Riviera Country Club near L.A. (Courtesy of Riviera Golf and Tennis, Inc.)
The Walking Man statue is also the logo of Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. (Courtesy of Hazeltine National Golf Club)
Seve Ballesteros, a legend in Spain, was immortalized with this statue at the Amigos Del Golf Santa Marina. (Courtesy of Amigos Del Golf Santa Marina)
Bernard Gallacher, a 10-time winner on the European Tour, was a pro at the Wentworth Golf Club in England for 25 years. (Courtesy of Wentworth Golf Club)
A rainbow appeared over the Arnold Palmer statue at the Laurel Valley Country Club on the day of the King's funeral. (Courtesy of Laurel Valley Country Club)
A Seve Ballesteros statue celebrates the Ballesteros Course at The Heritage Golf Resort outside Dublin, Ireland. (Courtesy of The Heritage Golf Resort)
The sweet-swinging Ben Hogan statue at Colonial Country Club in Texas. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor )
A statue of Byron Nelson at the Riverhill Country Club in Texas. (Courtesy of Riverhill Country Club)
The Dinah Shore statue at the Mission Hills Country Club celebrates the woman who founded the LPGA Tour's first major in 1972. (Courtesy of Mission Hills Country Club)
A totem pole greets players on the first tee at the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course in Canada. (Courtesy of Jasper Park Lodge)
A bust of resort founder Samuel Finley Brown Morse is part of the Bing Crosby Wall near the putting green and first tee of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Courtesy of Pebble Beach Golf Links )
A statue of Ben Sayers, a legendary club maker, moved from Sayers' original equipment-manufacturing factory in North Berwick to a prime spot near the West Links at North Berwick Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland. (Courtesy of Allan Minto )
A statue of local legend Cary Middlecoff, a 40-time winner on the PGA TOUR, graces the grounds at the TPC Southwind in Tennessee. (Courtesy of TPC Southwind)
A statue of Sam Snead, the co-designer with Bob Cupp, sits between the first and 10th holes at The Club at Savannah Harbor. (Courtesy of Troon Golf )
Arnold Palmer is one of five statues of famous golfers displayed at the Augusta Museum of History in Georgia. (Courtesy of Augusta-Richmond County)
Ben Hogan is one of five statues of famous golfers displayed at the Augusta Museum of History in Georgia. (Courtesy of Augusta-Richmond County)
Bobby Jones is one of five statues of famous golfers displayed at the Augusta Museum of History in Georgia. (Courtesy of Augusta-Richmond County)
Byron Nelson is one of five famous golfers with a statue at the Augusta Museum of History in Georgia. (Courtesy of Augusta-Richmond County)
Jack Nicklaus is one of five famous golfers with a statue at the Augusta Museum of History in Georgia. (Courtesy of Augusta-Richmond County)
A statue of golfer Raymond Floyd statue greets travelers at the Augusta Regional Airport in Georgia. (Courtesy of Augusta-Richmond County)
A brand new statue at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms commemorates Arnold Palmer's feat of an ace in back-to-back rounds on the par-3 3rd hole in 1986. (Courtesy of TPC Network)

Few, if any sports pay homage to the past quite like the game of golf. Our sporting grounds date back to the early 15th century. The Open's claret jug dates back to 1872.

Ever since Old Tom Morris grew into a larger than life figure around St. Andrews in the second half of the 19th century, both winning golf tournaments and designing some of the earliest links around the United Kingdom, golfers have been wont to erect monuments paying homage to the game's roots.

Today, you can find multiple statues of golf icons Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, while Texas clubs have immortalized their own in Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and instructor Harvey Penick among others. In the cases of Payne Stewart and Seve Ballesteros, statues pay tribute to a life cut short. Other times, it's the golf course architect that receives the statue, whether it's Pete Dye, Donald Ross or Stanley Thompson.

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Other resorts have built statues to commemorate difficult stretches of holes, like PGA National's "Bear Trap" and Innisbrook's "Snake Pit." Others have historic icons that have become beloved over a century, like Pinehurst's "Putter Boy."

Statues can also be little more whimsical. When Japanese developers crafted Kauai Lagoons (now named the Hokuala Ocean Course) in Hawaii, various eastern-inspired statues of Buddhas and animals adorned each tee box. Celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer, Lahinch in Ireland will unveil a statue of a goat, the famous symbol of the club.

U.S. presidents get the monument treatment as well. Dwight D. Eisenhower may have had a tree named after him at Augusta National, but Bill Clinton is so beloved in the Irish town of Ballybunion, a statue was erected in his honor in the town center. Clinton's assertion the town's links was his favorite in the world no doubt curried favor with the locals.

If you have a favorite statue that you've encountered during your golf travels, tag us on Instagram with #LivingtheGreen.

Video: Arnold Palmer statue unveiled at Bay Hill Club & Lodge

May 12, 2017

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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