It is possible to look too hard for a golf club title; the founders at LionsGate stayed simple and named it for the designer, the iconic Jack Nicklaus (the golf club also features a celebratory Bear holding his putter in the air). As a member of the Clubcorp family of clubs, the brand’s noted reputation for a well-trimmed golfing experience will be on display here.
Although the project was associated with the title community, Nicklaus was given plenty of width in order to place the corridors of his fairways; no undue penal golf here. That said, Nicklaus has never been shy about making players work for a red score, and well-placed bunkers — most noticeably centerline pots ahead of the greens — will enforce the challenge here.
Both sides of the course end with par fours of similar length, running alongside each other back to the clubhouse. No. 9 uses a pair of fairways to make reaching in regulation difficult (those who play to the risky right will have a better line in) while No. 18 uses a line of fairway bunkers to dare players to bite off as much as they think they can chew if they want a birdie putt.