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Whether you follow golf or not, chances are you’ve heard of the Ping golf company. This behemoth enterprise has its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, but it started out with humble origins.
Karsten Solheim took up golf fairly late in life, when he was 42. He fell in love with the game, but couldn’t quite perfect his putting and became frustrated. His solution was to invent his own putter. Soon he was creating his signature putter for other golfers, making each one by hand. From 1962 until 1967, his Phoenix garage served as his workshop and de facto office.
As the company started growing into the golf gear giant it is today, Solheim outgrew the garage and relocated to a large manufacturing and sales facility in Phoenix.
Ping is now one of the most well-known brands of golf gear in the world and a mainstay on the PGA tour. Their headquarters includes a factory that offers a two-hour guided tour, drawing golf enthusiasts from all over the world. Karsten Solheim also helped to build the ASU Karsten Golf Course, which was the home course of the Sun Devils golf team for many years.
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