Jack Nicklaus

Full Name
Jack William Nicklaus
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Year of Birth
1940
Place Born
Columbus, Ohio, USA

World Golf Hall of Fame – Class of 1974: “I never could have guessed, back in 1965, that a walk in the woods with Pete Dye would put me where I am today. Since then it’s been a lot of work, hundreds of thousands of miles traveled, but always thoroughly enjoyable."

Jack Nicklaus was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Charlie and Helen Nicklaus. He attended the Upper Arlington High School, where he competed in basketball, baseball and track and field. Within three years of taking up golf at the age of ten, he had broken 70 at his father’s club, Scioto, and was playing off a +3 handicap.

Nicklaus participated in the first of forty-four consecutive US Opens in 1957 but it was the US Amateur where he first tasted national success, winning the championship in 1959 and 1961 whilst still attending Ohio State University. He studied pharmacy there with the intention of following his father into that profession but he later switched to insurance.

After marrying Barbara Bash, a nursing student at the same university, Jack cut short his studies in 1961 to turn professional though he didn’t win his first event until the following year (at his 17th attempt) when he beat Arnold Palmer at Oakmont in a playoff for the US Open – the Golden Bear was already on his way to racking up a record number of Major victories.

Although Jack was fully immersed in the business of winning competitions on the PGA Tour during the 1960s, he was also dipping his big toe into the bathtub of golf course design. For example, Pete Dye had asked Jack to take a look at one of the first courses he had ever designed for an insurance company in New Albany, Ohio and he was impressed with what Jack had to say about the par three 3rd hole, in particular.

Jack didn’t want to get involved in a project just to endorse what somebody else was doing. He had a contribution to make and wanted his voice to be heard. Another offer came his way to work with Press Maxwell on a co...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Jack Nicklaus

Achasta

28th Georgia - Best in Area

The semi-private layout at Achasta Golf Club is a modern Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that brings the Chestatee River into play on several occasions, most notably on the par three 5th hole which is set out on a river island.

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Al Zorah

9th United Arab Emirates Ranking 10th Middle East Ranking

Unveiled at the end of 2015, the 18-hole layout at Al Zorah Golf Club was the first golf course to open for play in the United Arab Emirates for more than six years.

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Alhama

23rd Southern Spain - Best in Area 51st Spain Ranking

The Golden Bear’s Signature course at Alhama is the flagship venue in a portfolio that comprises Mar Menor, La Torre, Saurines, El Valle and Hacienda Riquelme.

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Annandale

3rd Mississippi - Best in Area

Venue for the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship since 1994, the course at Annandale Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus design that weaves around a number of sizeable lakes on a gently undulating property.

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Aspen Glen

18th Colorado - Best in Area

Aspen Glen Club’s 7,455-yard layout sits in a Rocky Mountain valley at an altitude of over 6,000 feet. Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack Nicklaus II designed the course and they played an exhibition match against each other to mark the official opening in 1997.

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Avila

Gem USA - Best in Area

Water comes into play at no fewer than thirteen of the holes on the Avila Golf & Country Club course. Originally constructed by Ron Garl, the layout was revamped a decade later by Nicklaus Design.

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Bay Creek (Nicklaus)

18th Virginia - Best in Area

Bay Creek boasts a couple of signature golf course designs from two of the all-time golfing greats. The Nicklaus course opened in 2006 five years after the Palmer.

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Bayside Resort

3rd Delaware - Best in Area

The Bayside Resort Golf Club’s course is an integral component of a residential development close to Fenwick Island.

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Bear Creek

93rd California - Best in Area

Situated in the foothills to the north of the Santa Rosa Plateau, the course at Bear Creek Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus design that first opened for play in 1982, with many of the fairways routed around a large real estate development.

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Bear Mountain (Mountain)

10th British Columbia - Best in Area 65th Canada Ranking

The Bear Mountain course itself is a dramatic Jack and Steve Nicklaus design, set in the foothills of Mount Finlayson. The father and son design team have used the elevation changes to near perfection.

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