Over the course of history at Shawnee, we had the pleasure of hosting various historical icons; Performers like Bob Hope and athletes such as Sam Snead. The walls of our resort are covered in historic pictures of events hosted on our property throughout the years. To this day, our guests still share stories of the memories they adore during their time spent here at the Inn. In 1954, a young charismatic Arnold Palmer walked the grounds of the Inn, where he met his first wife Winnie. Palmer was an amateur golfer and paint salesman at the time. Earlier that year Palmer won the U.S. Amateur, which led to an invitation to play the Waite Memorial at our Shawnee Country Club. After a practice round Palmer was retiring back to his room at the Inn, when he caught a glimpse of two beautiful women walking down the same stairs that stand in our lobby today. Right away, Winnie was the one that grabbed his attention, he states in his autobiography “A Golfer’s Life”. As the story goes, the next day she came to support Palmer during his round in the Waite Memorial. Palmer won the tournament and won Winnie’s heart that same weekend. Shortly after, Palmer proposed and Winnie accepted to begin writing a new chapter in the golfer’s life. We are glad to be the home of endless memories and magical moments for those that have had the pleasure of visiting and playing the historic course. As some memories fade the footprint that Arnold and Winnie left will always be held close to our heart here at the Historic Shawnee Inn.
The End of An Era