Palm-Aire honors Andreone with practice facility

Gus AndreoneGus Andreone is a legend at Palm-Aire Country Club.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Palm-Aire will open and dedicate a newly renovated Practice and Teaching Facility in his name. Gus is a consummate teacher of the game. 

Who is Gus Andreone? He is the third oldest card-carrying member of the PGA. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Sept. 30 at Palm-Aire, his home country club. 

The Palm-Aire Country Club family has rallied around this remarkable man by totally transforming the driving range into the world class Gus Andreone Practice and Teaching Facility.

The Friends of Gus raised almost $100,000 in donations from fellow members, friends and family of Gus to fund this project.  The former range has been expanded: with three retaining walls. Some 13,000 cubic yards of soil have been moved, a premiere in-ground Hitting System by Turfhound has been installed along with new target areas.

A teaching tee will enhance the area and the members have included a special monument dedicated to Gus.  Almost 200 people have made this possible.

At his 100th birthday party, Andreone received a greeting from a special old friend. Arnold Palmer wrote:

Dear Gus,

I was very pleased to learn of the 100th birthday party your friends and admirers at Palm-Aire Country Club are having for you.

It has been a long time since we last saw each other, but it's always nice to reminisce about the old days back in Western Pennsylvania. I well remember those early years of my golf career when I played at your Edgewood Country Club and elsewhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

My father and I had great respect for you and were always glad to see you.

Although I won't be able to be there for the birthday celebration, I wanted to extend my warmest wishes for a wonderful day and send my greetings to all.


Arnold Palmer



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