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NIcKlAuS PrEmIEr clubS I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY that as young adults, most of us dream of taking a career path that involves doing something we love, while at the same time finding success, satisfaction and the ability to provide for ourselves and our family. No one is greedy enough to look for two paths; I know I wasn’t. Yet here I am at age 71, still looking ahead to new and greater opportunities. Yet when I allow myself the occasional peek in the rearview mirror, I am blessed to say that I have enjoyed two careers in the game I love: playing and designing. In 1959 at the age of 19, I qualified for the Walker Cup team and won my first U.S. Amateur Championship. It became clear to me then that I had a future playing golf. I loved everything about the game, especially the competition. Six or seven years—and about the same number of major championships—later, I had my first opportunity to visit a golf course project. Pete Dye invited me to see his design of The Golf Club in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and ultimately to give input, which was flattering to me. That experience gave birth to a fascination and fast-emerging hobby. It wasn’t until quite a few years later that Chuck Perry, who was my CEO at the time, said: “Jack, don’t you think it’s time we turn your avocation into a vocation?” As I look back at a body of work built over the past 40 years, it fills me with pride that our firm has designed nearly 360 courses in 34 countries and 39 states. Of those, I am fortunate to have had a hand in 280 of them. While some people might define my legacy by victories and major championship trophies, I like to think my lasting imprint could very well be the hundreds of golf courses we have designed around the world. Hopefully, they will be around far longer than any records I have set. More important, it is my hope that these creations continue to grow the game, offer venues for getting together and building lasting memories, and provide enjoyment to millions of golfers. That would be a nice way to be remembered. Every course I have designed is an important pillar of this legacy. What matters most in my life is family, and I say with all sincerity that I look at my course designs as extensions of my family. That’s why I don’t have an answer when I’m asked to name my favorite golf courses. It’s like asking me to choose my favorite child. Thanks to the team at LINKS Magazine, we bring you Nicklaus Premier Clubs, a celebration of some of the courses that make up my second career. Made up of articles by top golf writers and illustrated with beautiful photography, Nicklaus Premier Clubs is a family scrapbook of sorts. There are so many wonderful clubs represented in this publication: Muirfield Village Golf Club in my Ohio hometown; my Florida home course, The Bear’s Club; Shoal Creek, the late Hall Thompson’s contribution to Alabama’s golf landscape; the community revitalization effort spearheaded by The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Michigan. Not only does each of the 15 clubs in Nicklaus Premier Clubs have a great story to tell, they all help tell my story. Nicklaus Premier Clubs also takes a few moments to look back 25 years at my 1986 Masters victory—my final and perhaps most memorable major championship. I was almost 40 courses into my design career in 1986, so I guess you might say that event was the confluence of two careers: one winding to a close while another was just hitting full stride. I have always called golf the game for a lifetime. I hope that after reading Nicklaus Premier Clubs, you will see why I am still having the time of my life. Good golfing,

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Amid a half century of grand achievements in golf, the 1986 Masters stands alone as Jack Nicklaus’ most memorable victory P A G E

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THE GOLF CLUB AT HARBOR SHORES

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a quarter century represents generations of change.

Phenoms arrive amid mountains of hype and depart with little notice. Records are broken and milestones are reached. Legends peak, retire and fade away, to be resurrected occasionally for special events. Consider the most celebrated sports figures from 1986: Bill Buckner, Mike Tyson, Diego Maradona, William “the Refrigerator” Perry, Greg LeMond. Most have long stepped away from the spotlight, and none has continued to impact their

of the highlight on television. He will stop what he’s doing and realize why the rest of the world remains captivated with that day 25 years ago. “I think a lot of what it is,” Nicklaus says, “there was an old guy out there playing golf who wasn’t supposed to compete anymore, and in his own mind, too. But in my later years, I always believed in two things: That on some days I could be as good as I ever was, and that if I got in contention in a major, I would remember how to win.”

Nicklaus’ achievements over the past 25 years are as remarkable and worthy of celebration as his 1986 Masters win, one of the greatest moments in sports history. These days, even at the age of 71, Nicklaus is too busy to fully reflect on that tournament. He is traveling around the world and running a business, most notably the design firm that is responsible for more than 350 courses—more than 300 of them

built after he won the 1986 Masters, the last of his 18 major championship victories. But no feat quite matches the high of that magical Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, when he shot 30 on the back nine to charge past eight players and win his sixth green jacket. Sometimes, the Golden Bear will catch a glimpse

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LEADING UP to the 1986 Masters, there were few indications Nicklaus would even get a chance to summon that knowledge. It had been six years since his last win in a major, and in the seven starts prior to the Masters, he had missed three cuts and his best finish was a tie for 39th. Off the course, Nicklaus had been spending a lot of time on his business, Golden Bear Interna-

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tional. Considering his recent form, there was little surprise when Tom McCollister of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote in his Masters preview that Nicklaus was “done, washed up, through.” One of Nicklaus’ closest friends, John Montgomery Sr., who was staying with the Nicklauses at a rented house in Augusta, pinned the article to the refrigerator, knowing Nicklaus would see it. “I kept thinking all week: Through, washed up, huh?” Nicklaus says. “I sizzled for a while. But then I said to myself, ‘I’m not going to quit now, playing the way I’m playing. I’ve played too well, too long, to let a shorter period of bad golf be my last.’” Scores of 74 and 71 didn’t change observers’ minds, though. Midway through the second round, CBS announcer Ken Venturi said, “Jack’s got to start thinking about when it is time to retire.” Nicklaus improved to a 69 in the third round, leaving him four shots behind leader Greg Norman. There were only eight players ahead of Nicklaus, but six—Norman, Tom Kite, Nick Price, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson—were eventual Hall of Famers. “My son Steve called me [Sunday] morning,” Nicklaus says, “and he asked me, ‘Well, Pop, what’s it going to take?’ “I said, ‘Sixty-six will tie and 65 will win.’ “He said, ‘That’s the number I was thinking. Well, go ahead and do it.’ “After I hung up I thought: You know, I’ve got a chance to win this golf tournament.”

JACK NICKLAUS

THE MASTER Everybody knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters a record six times. Few realize that no player has thoroughly owned a tournament the way Nicklaus has dominated at Augusta National Golf Club. Here are some of the dozens of Masters records he holds. MOST WINS

6 (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986) YO U N G E S T T WO - T I M E W I N N E R

25 years, 2 months, 21 days (1965) YO U N G E S T T H R E E - T I M E W I N N E R

26 years, 2 months, 20 days (1966) OLDEST WINNER

46 years, 2 months, 23 days (1986) F I R S T P L AY E R T O W I N B A C K - T O - B A C K T I T L E S

1965–66 L O N G E S T S PA N B E T W E E N F I R S T A N D L A S T W I N S

23 years MOST RUNNER-UP FINISHES

4 (tied with Ben Hogan and Tom Weiskopf) MOST TOP-5 FINISHES

15 MOST TOP-10 FINISHES

22 MOST CUTS MADE

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IT DIDN’T LOOK that way after eight holes on a day he chose a yellow shirt that would go well with a green jacket. But matching colors was not the reason Nicklaus chose that shirt. He did so in honor of Craig Smith, the son of Dr. Bill Smith, a family friend who delivered the opening prayer of the Memorial Tournament for 30 years and was the senior pastor at the North Broadway United Methodist Church, where the Nicklauses wed. Craig developed leukemia when he was 11, and died two years later in 1971. He was a huge Nicklaus fan and wrote him many letters while he was sick. Nicklaus wrote back and in one correspondence, asked about Craig’s favorite color, which turned out to be yellow. “Jack and Craig had a real special connection,” says Nicklaus’ wife, Barbara. “Jack would call him every week to see how he was doing. One day Craig said, ‘I knew you were going to win. I had on my lucky yellow shirt.’

MOST BIRDIES

506 MOST EAGLES

24 O N LY P L AY E R T O E A G L E T H E S A M E PA R - 4 H O L E T W I C E I N O N E Y E A R

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71 MOST UNDER-70 ROUNDS

39 O L D E S T P L AY E R T O F I N I S H I N T H E T O P 1 0

1998 (age 58) OLDEST LEADER AFTER FIRST ROUND

1993 (age 53) M O S T AWA R D S F O R F E AT S ( E A G L E S , DA I LY L OW S C O R E , R U N N E R - U P F I N I S H E S )

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THE ROOKIE Jim Nantz’s first Masters as a broadcaster was in 1986. From his position on the 16th hole, Nantz was the man on the scene for Nicklaus’ near-perfect 5-iron on the par 3. Earlier in the week, Nantz had happened to ask his producer, the legendary Frank Chirkinian, what he should say if a player made an ace on the hole during the telecast. “Son, this is a visual medium,” Chirkinian replied. “If the ball goes in the hole, I’ll tell you what to say: nothing.” Wisely, Nantz, then 26, heeded the directive as Nicklaus’ ball rolled over the edge of the hole and ended up three feet away. It wasn’t until Nicklaus walked off the green after making a birdie to tie for the lead that Nantz finally made his call: “The Bear has come out of hibernation.” “I had to say something,” Nantz recalls, “But I was feeling a bit lightheaded by the gravity of the moment and wasn’t sure what had been said earlier. As soon as the words were out of my mouth, self-doubt kicked in. It was trite—surely somebody else already said that, I thought. “Later, Brent Musburger relieved my fears. ‘Great job, kid,’ he said. ‘And a great line.’” After the round, Nantz was walking back to the clubhouse when lead announcer Ken Venturi picked him up in a cart. “Jimmy, you may be lucky enough to broadcast 50 Masters,” Venturi said. “But you’ll never live to see a greater one than the one you saw today.”

A two-putt birdie on the 13th hole left him three shots back, which is where his position on the leader board remained when he reached the par-5 15th hole. A 298-yard drive left him with 202 yards to the green. Looking down at the shallow green ringed by thousands of fans, Nick-

MACGREGOR RESPONSE ZT

THE PUTTER Jack Nicklaus won his first 17 majors with compact blade-style putters. For his 18th, he used an oversize heel-toe-weighted MacGregor Response ZT that drew double takes from everybody who saw the Golden Bear wielding it at the 1986 Masters. It is one of the most famous putters ever, and in honor of the 25th anniversary of the tournament in which it starred, Nicklaus Companies is offering a limited-edition collectible item featuring a replica of the MacGregor Response ZT, signed photograph and a copy of Nicklaus' 1986 Masters scorecard, along with a certificate of authenticity featuring an official Golden Bear hologram. Only 86 of the pieces will be made available for purchase through the Nicklaus Companies for a price of $2,995. Go to Nicklaus.com for more information.

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“And Jack said, ‘I’m going to wear my lucky yellow shirt from now on.’ So he wore a yellow shirt every Sunday basically for Craig.” Nicklaus never told anyone why; he just did it. Fifteen years after Craig’s death, Jack and Barbara decided to reprise the tradition for the final round of the 1986 Masters. That day, nobody knew the significance of the shirt except two parents in Ohio, who sat in front of their television and wept. The cheers wouldn’t start until the 9th hole, when Nicklaus was five shots behind. Nicklaus was surveying a birdie putt when he heard backto-back roars reverberating among the pines. On No. 8, Kite had holed out from the fairway, followed by a chip-in by Ballesteros, both for eagle. After the second outburst, Nicklaus turned to his eldest son and caddie, Jack II, and said, “Let’s make some noise of our own here.” He did, and looking back, Nicklaus is convinced the birdie on the 9th hole is where the magic started. After birdies on the difficult 10th and 11th holes, a bogey at the 12th stalled his charge. Although Nicklaus lost a stroke, the setback shifted his strategy. “I don’t know why, but [the bogey on the 12th hole] really got me going,” Nicklaus says. “After that, I knew I had to play aggressively the rest of the way if I was going to have a chance to win.”

laus said to his son, “How far do you think a three would go here?” Nicklaus wasn’t talking about a 3-iron. “Let’s see it.” Nicklaus’ 4-iron shot sailed high and true, nearly landing in the hole before stopping 12 feet away. When Nicklaus made the putt, Jack II leaped as if celebrating a game-winning basket. “I have been to a lot of sporting events, whether it be going to North Carolina games at Carmichael Auditorium or football games,” says the younger Nicklaus, who attended the University of North Carolina. “But I’ve never heard that noise level. My ears were just ringing.” This was when the usual reserve and decorum found at Augusta National took a break. The patrons responded with the most spontaneous, most jubilant outbreak golf had seen since the 1913 U.S. Open at The Country Club, where the reaction to Francis Ouimet’s birdie putt on the 17th hole was immortalized by Herbert Warren Wind, who wrote: “The keyed-up spectators ... could not control themselves. They yelled, pummeled each other joyously, swatted their friends with umbrellas, and shouted delirious phrases they had not thought of since boyhood.” Seventy-three years later at Augusta, grown men were sprinting toward Nicklaus’ group and climbing trees for a better view. Pimento-cheesesandwich vendors were abandoning their posts


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to get a glimpse of history. The usually stoic “The affection Jackie and I showed each othwho had made three consecutive birdies to tie— Pinkerton security guards were clapping, as were er seems to have become one of the sport’s most hit his second shot well right of the green for a the leader-board workers who kept hanging everindelible moments,” says Nicklaus, “and it will crushing bogey. increasing red numbers next to Nicklaus’ name. surely remain one of my most cherished memoAnd it was over. Nicklaus had done the seemEveryone seemed to sense Nicklaus’ destiny. He ries through all of my remaining days.” ingly impossible. He was Golden again. received a standing ovation as he walked to the Nicklaus went to the Jones Cabin and watched 16th tee. After finally quieting down, NICKLAUS didn’t walk away the patrons erupted again after Nicklaus’ then. He kept playing, joining the 5-iron tee shot, which flew directly at senior circuit, where he won several the flagstick. majors. He even contended in one “Be right,” Jack II said as the ball last Masters in 1998, tantalizing the reached its apex. golf world with a final-round 68 that “It is,” said Nicklaus, who had novaulted him into a tie for sixth at age toriously bad vision and didn’t even 58. His last Masters was in 2005, and follow the flight of the ball, bending at this year’s event, he will be an hondown to pick up his tee instead. “It orary starter alongside Arnold Palmer. was as cocky a remark as I’ve made This tradition may have the feel of in my life,” he says. a baseball old-timers’ game, the sinThe ball nearly went in the hole, gle opportunity a year during which and Nicklaus made the three-foot putt retired legends can suit up and be a to get within two shots of the leader, part of the sport again, if just for a few Ballesteros. Nicklaus admits he had hours. But Nicklaus has never been tears in his eyes as he stood on the away from the highest levels of golf, 17th tee. He steadied himself, but still largely because of his design career. hit a poor drive, missing the fairway. His courses are regular tournament He gouged a pitching wedge out of sites, and he hosts one of the PGA the left rough and the ball stopped Tour’s marquee stops, the Memorial 12 feet from the hole. As he was walkH E L E N , M A R I LY N A N D B A R B A R A N I C K L A U S Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf ing to the green, he heard a groan Club in Dublin, Ohio. from the adjoining fairway—Nicklaus Nicklaus Design is at the core of knew that meant Ballesteros had hit the privately held Nicklaus Compahis second shot into the water at No. Jack Nicklaus’ mother, Helen, attended Nicklaus’ first Masters, in nies, to which Nicklaus has commit15, leading to a double bogey. 1959. She watched as he missed the cut, and didn’t return to ted the same level of focus and excelSuddenly, Nicklaus was within 12 Augusta until 1986. She was there as much to see the course—and lence he brought to his playing career. feet of the lead. Father and son studthe flora—as the golf. “She wanted to go back one more time,” said Nicklaus’ wife, “Most people work their entire lives ied the putt for a long time, disagreeBarbara. “We should have known then something special was going so they can retire to play golf,” he ing on the break. Jack II thought it to happen that week.” jokes. “I played golf my entire life so would turn right, but Nicklaus In addition, Nicklaus’ sister, Marilyn (pictured with Nicklaus and I could retire to work.” thought the influence of Rae’s Creek Helen), was making her first trip to the Masters—and Jack still can’t This business and the accompanying might nudge the ball left at the end. explain why. exposure have kept his name ever at In one of the day’s lasting images, Later, after the waiting, hugs, interviews and celebrations, the the forefront of golf, and Nicklaus’ voice Nicklaus took a step toward the hole last words of the day were the ones Nicklaus said to Barbara, who is as authoritative and relevant now as and raised his putter triumphantly was also at the 1959 Masters, as Jack’s girlfriend: “I finally found it ever was—25 years after his last with his left hand, his tongue sticking that guy I used to know on the golf course. major championship win and 49 years out, as the ball rolled into the cup. “It was me.” after his first, the 1962 U.S. Open. “I’ve putted that putt a thousand Few figures in history have been times since,” Nicklaus says, “and it’s able to maintain such a high profile so consistentnever broken left.” his pursuers play the final holes. As Kite and ly for as long as Nicklaus has. In a lifetime of The birdie allowed Nicklaus to play the 18th Norman started making birdies, Nicklaus got up grand achievements, it’s usually difficult to find hole conservatively. After making a routine par, from the couch and started pacing. one that stands out. But not with this legend. he embraced his son and the pair walked off the Finally, the contenders reached the 18th hole. Says three-time winner Phil Mickelson: “I don’t green arm in arm. Those around the 18th didn’t First, Kite’s birdie putt grazed the hole’s edge. think any Masters will compare with 1986.” know whether to cheer or reach for their hankies. Then from the middle of the fairway, Norman—

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b aysiDe r esort g olf Club Challenging anD sCeniC, one of the best Courses in Delaware is the perfeCt gathering plaCe at a Coastal Community that offers a DynamiC lifestyle for its aCtive resiDents

Delaware may be small in size, but it has some big-time golf, PHOTOGRAPHY BY RUSSELL KIRK/GOLFLINKS

most notably at one of the state’s best courses, the Bayside Resort Golf Club. With views of Assawoman Bay and the skyline of Ocean City, located just across the Maryland border, Bayside showcases the natural beauty of its coastal location near the Atlantic Ocean.

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10th hole, 429 yards

Delaware’s first Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is at the heart of a luxury community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle with a mix of home types, variety of recreational activities, thriving arts presence and a retail shopping center. That’s just within Bayside’s 867 acres. Nearby are waterways, beaches, shopping in Rehoboth and restaurants of Ocean City. Considering all that Bayside offers its residents, it’s no surprise Where to Retire recognized it as one of “America’s 100 Best Master-Planned Communities.” Built with respect for the environment—half of the property has been dedicated to open space— Bayside has attracted homeowners to a variety of neighborhoods. Currently, the community is offering Energy Star-rated homes and villas from nationally renowned NV Homes. These residences, which range in size from 2,064 to more than 4,000 square feet, offer luxurious first-floor living spaces, spacious kitchens and owner’s suites. Two furnished model homes are open daily. In addition to touring the houses, prospective buyers should play the 7,545-yard layout, which plays through salt marshes, meadows and woodlands so the round offers an ever-changing landscape—as well as challenges. Nicklaus dotted the course with pot bunkers that help defend the smallish, elevated greens, many of which are surrounded by tightly mown chipping areas. First-time players often find it difficult to stay focused on each shot—the gorgeous views have proved to be distracting. Members and frequent

visitors have learned to manage their way around the course, often eliminating large scores on certain holes by missing their shots into spots that are less punitive than others. On the 416-yard 4th, for example, hitting the second shot to the front—or even short of—the small, well-bunkered green leaves a straightforward putt or chip for a good chance at par. The same cannot be said for misses to the side or over the green. One key to good scoring at Bayside is a mastery of the greens—their subtle breaks—and the chipping areas. A good round also requires staying out of the numerous water hazards, which come into play on more than half the holes. As a group, the best collection of holes may be the memorable oneshotters, especially the 174-yard 13th, which features a carry over water to a green framed by soaring pines and Drum Creek. “The layout is the most significant amenity at

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Bayside,” says Vice President Doug Brown. “It was enhanced last May with the opening of a 7,300-square-foot clubhouse facility, which has a fully stocked pro shop, outdoor deck and fire pit, and the Cove Bar & Grill, already a favored gathering spot for golfers and residents.” In the clubhouse, members and their guests trade war stories of their exploits on the course, which opened in 2005. Since then, the club has made several improvements, including the addition of numerous mature trees to frame fairways and help direct tee shots. The renovations have made a round at Bayside an even more enjoyable experience. “I’m pleased that it’s serving its purpose,” says Nicklaus. “It’s a course that hopefully from the back tees will be a stern test. But the members stay at about 6,400 yards, so we hope that they can play it and have fun. That’s what we want them to do.”


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A good round at Bayside requires avoiding the numerous pot bunkers and water hazards, which come into play on the majority of the holes.

LOCATION

Fenwick Island, Delaware PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,545 YEAR FOUNDED 2005

13th hole, 174 yards

CONTACT

livebayside.com


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t he bear’s club FulFilliNg a loNgtime dream, Jack Nicklaus created a reNowNed golF club Near his south Florida home that is both a celebratioN oF his achievemeNts iN the game aNd a special retreat For members aNd their guests

Jack Nicklaus had loNg harbored a desire to bring a first-rate golf club to his adopted home of South Florida, a destination as fine and reflective of his PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM MANDEVILLE/NICKLAUS DESIGN

commitment to excellence as Muirfield Village Golf Club, his masterpiece near his Columbus, Ohio, hometown. He made the dream a reality in 1999 with the creation of The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, and he spared no expense in mind or motion to create another seminal golf experience.

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5th hole, 372 yards

“Muirfield Village is my place to give back something to Columbus, Ohio, to where I grew up and where people have supported me throughout my life,” Nicklaus says. “But I live in Florida now, and I always wanted to have a very fine private golf club in my own backyard.” At The Bear’s Club, a golf community nestled among 369 immaculate sylvan, sandy acres a mile from the Atlantic, Nicklaus expertly transformed the native environment with his exacting standards of design. The result is a gently rolling 7,164yard layout that exudes a Lowcountry feel as it moves through a property rich in native vegetation, old oaks, pines, cypress trees and wetlands areas. Aesthetically and strategically placed throughout are 102 bunkers, many of them steeply flashed. They were inspired by the bunkers at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, which Jack visited in 1998 when he was captain of the United States Presidents Cup team. A collection of medium-to-large undulating greens demand precision; they are rounded off at the edges and feed into hollows and chipping areas. “The members like it because they can score well on it, but it’s a challenging golf course from the back,” says Nicklaus. In 2010 he installed additional teeing areas on 10 holes and simplified the 442-yard 15th by altering a transition area to eliminate a forced carry to the green. The Bear’s Club possesses a memorable collection of par-5 holes, anchored by the gorgeous home hole, which features an inspiring greensite. The long pear-shaped green is tucked into the

18th hole, 551 yards

elbow of a lake, leaving a generous bailout area to the right. Just beyond the water that guards the green sits the impressive stone façade of the grand Tuscan-style clubhouse. Complementing the 18-hole championship course is the Jack Nicklaus Performance Solutions academy, featuring state-of-the-art technology not seen at other private clubs. There is also a par-3 course that offers a mix of challenges ranging from 100 to 180 yards. The rest of the property is equally impressive. Barbara Nicklaus partnered with her husband to hone the Mediterranean design that ties together the clubhouse with the residential community. The massive golf headquarters, which sprawls more than 64,000 square feet on two levels, is a bastion of splendor. The interior design, to which Barbara lent her tastes, radiates an unmistakable warmth enhanced by woven rugs, decorative pieces of ceramic and porcelain, original artwork, and elegant fabrics and patterns. While the upper level contains the main dining room, private dining area, mixed grill and

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lounge, the lower level features a spacious central meeting area accommodating a men’s grill that feeds into five individual locker areas outfitted with their own bathrooms, showers and Jacuzzi, along with steam and massage rooms. Out-of-town members or their guests can also utilize four elegant one-bedroom suites named for four of Nicklaus’ favorite addresses in golf: Pebble Beach, Augusta National, St. Andrews and Muirfield, the Scottish links where he won the 1966 British Open to complete the career Grand Slam. Property owners can retire to luxurious homes; residential options include 17 golf villas, 14 club cottages and 57 estate homes built in Tuscan and French-provincial styles. But don’t leave the clubhouse without a meal prepared by the chef, Brian Sode, who recently passed the Certified Master Chef examination at the Culinary Institute of America. One of 65 chefs in the U.S. to have earned that elite designation, Sode can put the perfect finishing touch to a day of golf, regardless of whether it was filled with birdies or double bogeys.


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Occupying 369 sylvan acres, the gently rolling layout moves through a property rich in native vegetation, old oaks, pines, cypress trees and wetlands areas.

LOCATION

Jupiter, Florida PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,164 YEAR FOUNDED 1999

7th hole, 170 yards

CONTACT

thebearsclub.com


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country club of the r ockies AgAinst the bAckdrop of A mAjestic mountAin rAnge, jAck nicklAus routed A clever, strAtegic lAyout At the core of A wArm, engAging club thAt hAs helped trAnsform the vAil vAlley into A yeAr-round destinAtion

jAck nicklAus grew up in ohio and has lived in Florida for decades. But his numerous visits to Colorado have played a big role in his playing career, his design business and his recreational activities. “There are very few places I can think of that represent a confluence of so many things important to my life,” says Nicklaus, “from my first PHOTOGRAPHY BY DICK DURRANCE II

U.S. Amateur to my last [U.S. Senior] Open title to the golf courses I have designed to the wonderful memories I have of family trips to ski or fish.”

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17th hole, 586 yards

In 1959 Nicklaus won his first U.S. Golf Association championship, the U.S. Amateur, at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Thirty-four years later, Nicklaus won the last of his eight USGA titles, the 1993 U.S. Senior Open, at Cherry Hills Country Club, near Denver. (Cherry Hills was also where Nicklaus nearly won the 1960 U.S. Open as an amateur while being paired with Ben Hogan on the final day.) As a course designer, Nicklaus has created some of the best layouts in the state, always relishing a chance to work with the landscape. “Few settings and canvases are as spectacular as those you find in Colorado,” Nicklaus once wrote. “Whether it is the trees, streams, foliage or the rugged terrain of the mountains, nature always seems to determine what type of course I create. I have always kidded that Mother Nature is my co-designer, but in Colorado, she takes the lead.” Nicklaus used a bounty of natural resources when he designed the memorable Country Club of the Rockies, which opened in 1984. Sitting along the Eagle River, which winds through the

Vail Valley, the layout provides tremendous views of a mountain course without the awkward elevation changes. Considering the elevation of 7,200 feet, the 7,402-yard layout that is among Colorado’s best never played excessively long, even when it first opened. Instead of relying on pure distance to challenge players, Nicklaus focused on the greensites. “Jack’s philosophy was that you’d have to make the course 8,000 yards to be resistant to par for scratch players,” says Tom Apple, the club’s first and only head professional. “He did not want to take the driver out of players’ hands so he made the greens, surrounds and the bunkering more difficult. You need to hit good iron shots on the right side of the pin to score.” At first, many greens had large tiers, but Nicklaus softened most during a mid-1990s renovation that included the planting of Penn A-4 bentgrass, which allows for faster greens. Some slopes remain, most notably on the 402-yard 9th, where two-putting is a challenge when the ball is on the front and the hole is atop the high ledge on the back of the green.

The layout provides the views of a mountain course without any of the awkward elevation changes.

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18th hole, 415 yards (left) and 9th hole

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12th hole, 477 yards

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‘Few settings are as spectacular as those in Colorado,’ said Nicklaus. ‘The trees, streams, foliage or the rugged mountains always determine what I create.’


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One of the most enjoyable holes is the 389yard 2nd, which has a split fairway. Players can hit driver left to the upper fairway, challenging a line of grass bunkers for a better angle into the green. Or they can play safely to the right side, from where the second shot must carry a cluster of small but menacing bunkers to reach the putting surface. Other risk-reward holes are the 566-yard 3rd, which plays around a lake, and the 571-yard 7th, where a 100-yard-long bunker guards the lay-up area. Although they seem long, these holes actually work perfectly with the elevation, at which shots typically travel 10 percent longer than at sea level. The Eagle first comes into play on the 477yard 12th, where the approach must cross a wide section of the river. Fortunately, shots landing short of the green find a large chipping area that provides a margin for error. The next three holes play over and along the river, while a smaller stream influences strategy on

the 586-yard 17th and 415-yard 18th, which plays slightly uphill to the 27,000-square-foot lodge-style clubhouse, which underwent a $4 million renovation in 2005. “It’s an extremely fair course,” says Dr. Bill Loughridge, a member since 1989, “but if you hit it where you shouldn’t, you’re penalized—and rightfully so.” Whether competing in matches or relaxing after the round, the members, who own the club, enjoy the easy banter, close bonds and shared spirit that make for long-lasting memories. And the club’s success has helped transform the area, a skiing mecca, into a summer destination as well. “It opened to a lot of fanfare,” says Apple. “A lot of the affluent people who came for the winter discovered how great it was in the summer. There really wasn’t a private club that they could call their own.” The club currently boasts 350 members, many of whom own homes in the private community

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of Arrowhead at Vail, where the course is located. The idyllic enclave offers year-round outdoor activities: tennis, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. (The clubhouse is just a 7-iron away from the bases of the slopes at Arrowhead, Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch.) An avid sportsman, Nicklaus took advantage of the Vail lifestyle when he owned a home overlooking the river near the 175-yard 14th. He was a frequent visitor, and once teed it up in a memorable round with Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, who was a member as well as resident. A good friend of Ford’s, Nicklaus even won the first Jerry Ford Invitational, an annual charity pro-am hosted by the former President that was held at the Country Club of the Rockies for much of the event’s 20-year history. “Tour players coveted an invitation to the Ford event,” says Peter Jacobsen. “It was an honor to be there with the President. All the greats were there—top entertainers, athletes, business leaders—and we all knew it was a very special time and special event.” Ford, who passed away in 2006, was a passionate golfer and one of the sport’s leading ambassadors. Despite his stature, he didn’t take himself too seriously on the course, even participating in jokes about his wayward drives perpetuated by long-time friend Bob Hope. In reality, Ford was a pretty good player who truly loved the sport’s enduring challenges as well as the lifelong friendships that the game fostered. In that respect, he was the ideal member of the Country Club of the Rockies, a special golf club that has fulfilled Nicklaus’ vision for a great Colorado golf experience.


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The Eagle River first comes into play on the 477-yard 12th, where the approach shot must cross the water.

LOCATION

Edwards, Colorado PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,402 YEAR FOUNDED 1984

12th hole, 477 yards

CONTACT

countrycluboftherockies.com


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D i S M A L R i veR G O L f C LuB AMiD NeBRASkA’S fABLeD SAND HiLLS, JACk NiCkLAuS DeSiGNeD AN epiC COuRSe AT A ReMOTe DeSTiNATiON CLuB THAT DeLiveRS A puRe-GOLf expeRieNCe

THe GOLDeN BeAR HAS BeCOMe an endangered species in his native habitat: the golf course. It is increasingly rare to see Jack Nicklaus play, whether in tournaments or at PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM MANDEVILLE/NICKLAUS DESIGN

course openings. Now 71, Nicklaus tees it up primarily for pleasure, and one of the courses that he looks forward to visiting regularly is his rugged masterpiece in the heart of the Nebraska Sand Hills, the Dismal River Golf Club. Last summer he shot his age there—a 68 at the age of 70.

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In addition to being the designer, Nicklaus is a close friend of former LPGA commissioner Charlie Mechem, who is part of the ownership group headed by the father-son team of Richard and Chris Johnston. As the majority owner, the younger Johnston runs the club’s operations with Director of Golf Greg Dennis. Johnston and Dennis—along with the “Dismal Dogs,” a pair of Bernese Mountain dogs named Dizzy and General Hooker—enthusiastically greet visitors, no matter how many majors they have won. “We treat everyone as if they were guests of our home,” says Johnston. Prospective members and visitors appreciate the hospitality considering the club’s remote location— a little more than an hour from North Platte and at the end of a one-lane road that winds for 17 miles from mile marker 64 on Route 97. (In his directions, Dennis implores: “Don’t give up!”)

Waiting at the clubhouse are drinks, a hearty meal and a large fire pit, followed by a good night’s sleep in one of the club’s four comfortable cabins or 36 spacious rooms overlooking the namesake river. In the morning, guests are ready to tackle the epic 7,513-yard course that Nicklaus routed over and between massive dunes. Dismal River sits on 3,000 acres, and the immense size of the property is evident during the ride from the clubhouse to the first tee, a mile away. Driving through the dunes, some of which are more than 100 feet tall, whets the appetite for a unique experience: golf in the Sand Hills. This area’s wild, pure golf is just 15 years old, and Dismal River certainly owes much to Sand Hills Golf Club, just six miles away. But despite their proximity, Dismal River and Sand Hills represent complementary, rather than comparable, golf experiences. On a site with much larger landforms,

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12th hole, 572 yards

Dismal River offers a course that is less tamed and more rugged than its predecessor. Big, well-designed holes like the 480-yard 7th and the 587-yard 12th are in ideal proportion with the grand landscape. In addition to possessing visually appealing features like blowout bunkers, ragged edges and plenty of elevation changes, the holes offer a chance to play the kind of imaginative golf that attracts golf purists. Players must factor in the wind as well as the ground game, making the course a suitable substitute for a links-golf experience. For many, Dismal’s location is not a liability but a major asset. For a surprisingly modest investment, new members have the opportunity to get away from it all while being with friends and family and teeing it up with like-minded souls who love and respect the game. Nicklaus has returned to make several tweaks, and his latest change has made the finishing hole even stronger. A new green has shortened the hole from 591 to 520 yards, allowing every player to hit from an elevated tee atop a large dune down to the fairway, which sits 100 feet below. The tee offers a great perspective of the huge scale of the Nebraska dunescape, upon which the club is considering the building of a second course. On another hill overlooking the new 18th green, Jack’s Shack offers post-round refreshments, as well as panoramic reminders of both the seemingly endless Sand Hills and the pure, rewarding golf available in the heartland of America.

4th hole, 596 yards

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Blowout bunkers, ragged edges and elevation changes offer a chance to play the kind of imaginative golf that appeals to purists.

LOCATION

Mullen, Nebraska PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,513 YEAR FOUNDED 2006

15th hole, 184 yards

CONTACT

dismalriver.com


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g oLden b ear L odge Jack nickLaus enters the hospitaLity market with the first hoteL bearing his iconic mark, in the dominican repubLic’s resort community of cap cana, where the highLights incLude one (soon to be two) of his most spectacuLar courses

Located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Cap Cana is a burgeoning 30,000-acre resort community that has begun to redefine the vacation experience in the Caribbean. Cap Cana took a big step toward fulfilling its goal as the next great golf destination with the November 2010 opening of the Golden Bear Lodge, the first JIM MANDEVILLE/NICKLAUS DESIGN

hotel in the world to be inspired by the life and legacy of Jack Nicklaus.

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Commanding a bluff overlooking the resort, the low-rise property offers panoramic views of white-sand beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. But it is more than a luxury resort property; its public spaces display a trove of Nicklaus memorabilia. A member of the Preferred Boutique collection of hotels and designed to the highest standards, the Golden Bear Lodge has several types of rooms: studios as well as suites consisting of one and two bedrooms, with ocean views. Many come with private pools, while all 91 units have patios. Catering to sophisticated couples and families, the lodge’s amenities include two casually elegant restaurants, an infinity pool, four lighted tennis courts and a fitness center. It is also convenient to Cap Cana’s fine-dining restaurants, exclusive membership clubs, health spas, trendy boutiques, equestrian center, hiking trails and the Caribbean’s most modern and complete marina. Then there is the 7,396-yard Punta Espada

(“Tip of the Sword”), a lush tour de force with eight holes pressed to the brink of a serrated coral shoreline washed by the pale blue sea. Several of the interior holes weave above and below a dramatic 30-foot limestone bluff. Dotted with saltwater ponds and grotto-like cenotes, this breezy, well-groomed layout was the three-time host of the Champions Tour’s Cap Cana Championship. Assessed by Nicklaus as one of the finest sites he had ever seen for a course, Punta Espada finishes with a memorable stretch—five of the last seven holes sit along the water. Of these, the most memorable is the 13th, a heart-stopping par 3 over a wave-tossed cove to a large green, 250 yards away. Later this year, Nicklaus will unveil a second course, to be known as Las Iguanas. Occupying a vast coral bed, Las Iguanas will present an eclectic test with three seaside holes (Nos. 12 through 14) hugging the rocky coastline. Nicklaus artfully blended this stretch with upcountry holes that

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skirt a nature preserve marked by indigenous vegetation, wetland settings and a series of caves that shelter iguanas and other native wildlife. After their rounds, golfers can relax in the Golden Bear Lodge’s watering hole, Majors Bar & Lounge. Surrounded by trophies and memorabilia celebrating Nicklaus’ long career, the bar is the perfect place for guests to tally their scores and recount their triumphs on a course that defines the tropical golf experience. Nicklaus began both his playing and design careers with momentous debuts. As a rookie in 1962, Nicklaus won his first PGA Tour event at the U.S. Open, beating hometown favorite Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff at western Pennsylvania’s Oakmont Country Club. Seven years later, Nicklaus teamed up with Pete Dye for his first design, Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Lowcountry gem, which opened to overwhelming acclaim, is one of the seminal layouts of American golf, having helped to usher in the modern age of course architecture. Given this history, it is no surprise that the Golden Bear Lodge, Nicklaus’ first foray into the travel industry, is a resort of uncommon luxury, beauty and hospitality.

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Nicklaus began both his playing and design career with momentous debuts. It’s no surprise his first entry into the travel industry is a resort of uncommon luxury.

LOCATION

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,396 YEAR FOUNDED

2006 (Punta Espada) 2010 (Golden Bear Lodge)

2nd hole, 611 yards

CONTACT

xeliter.com, 877-859-4575


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the golf club at

harbor shores Jack Nicklaus’ Newest course iN MichigaN is at the core of aN aMbitious New developMeNt that is lookiNg to revitalize a coMMuNity located aloNg the shores of lake MichigaN

iN oNe seNse, Tiger Woods’ path to immortality nearly hit a detour just hours after it began in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where Woods won his first major men’s title at the 1994 Western Amateur at Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club. Afterward, Woods and his father, Earl, headed to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to catch a flight to California so Woods could play in a qualifying round for the U.S. Amateur the following morning. They got stuck in traffic and missed their scheduled departure, but caught the last flight west.

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Of course, Woods not only qualified for the U.S. Amateur but won the first of three consecutive national championships, a milestone that marked his arrival onto golf ’s biggest stage, a scene he has yet to exit. Sixteen years later, Benton Harbor, located in southwest Michigan, witnessed another historic beginning: the grand opening of the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. Designer Jack Nicklaus enlisted three other legends—Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson—to play in the grandopening charity event, Champions for Change. Although the players had battled against each other in major championships like the 1962 U.S. Open (Nicklaus and Palmer), 1973 U.S. Open (Miller and Palmer), 1975 Masters (Nicklaus and

6th hole, 417 yards

Miller) and the 1977 British Open (Watson and Nicklaus), Champions for Change was the first time this foursome had played 18 holes together. The mood was festive and the players had a good time, trading both birdies and one-liners. But they found it difficult to turn off the competitive zeal that had won the group a total of 35 majors. The highlight of the day took place on the 539-yard 10th hole, where Arnold Palmer’s eagle attempt from the bottom tier of the threelevel green failed to make it to the top, and the ball returned to his feet. After a challenge by Miller, Nicklaus tried the putt himself. Of course, he sank the 100-foot putt, which climbed more than six feet and broke nearly 20 feet from left to right.

As special as that summer day was, the event represented far more. It was an important leg of a transforming journey for Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor, a former manufacturing center that had become one of the most beleaguered, poorest cities in Michigan following a series of factory closings in the mid-1980s, including the shuttering of a large plant by the Whirlpool Corporation. Through its Whirlpool Foundation, the large manufacturer has teamed with several private and public organizations, including the Consortium for Community Development, Cornerstone Alliance and Evergreen Development, to develop Harbor Shores, a non-profit resort property designed to revitalize the local community.


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THE GOLF CLUB AT HARBOR SHORES

Managing Director Mark Hesemann’s task is to complete the ambitious vision for the 530acre community. When built out, Harbor Shores will feature nearly 800 residences, town center, hotel, spa, conference center, marina, shops, restaurants and various recreational facilities. Already, the development has embraced partners like Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club, The First Tee and Michigan Works. (At Champions for Change, Whirlpool donated $1 million to the Boys & Girls Club and The First Tee of Benton Harbor.) “This project is changing lives,” Hesemann

says. “Putting this together has been hugely challenging, but it is also hugely rewarding.” A significant piece of Harbor Shores is the 6,861-yard course designed by Nicklaus, who

would rank among the bottom few. When Nicklaus made his first visit in 2005, he saw an industrial wasteland that was so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency had designated a portion of it as a Superfund site. Halfway through the tour, Nicklaus turned to Hesemann and asked: “Where did you find this place?” Fortunately, Nicklaus and Hesemann had experience with previously contaminated sites. Built on a former copper-smelting facility, Nicklaus’ Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Montana, was the first course built on a Superfund site. After its

During his first site visit, Nicklaus turned to Hesemann and asked: ‘Where did you find this place?’ was introduced to the project by Hesemann, a former executive in the Golden Bear’s design firm. Of all the sites Nicklaus has seen for great courses, there is little doubt that Harbor Shores


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The 7th tempts players into taking the straight route to the green, which offers a view of Lake Michigan, by hitting a drive over a pond and several fairway bunkers.


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THE GOLF CLUB AT HARBOR SHORES

1997 debut, Old Works won accolades for environmental stewardship. At Harbor Shores, the developers spent nearly $9 million on environmental issues, removing 117,000 tons of debris, waste and contaminated soil. Remarkably, the final product contains few vestiges of its industrial past. Instead, golfers play a natural-looking, challenging layout that meanders through three distinct landscapes. Most of the first six and last five holes play along the banks of the Paw Paw River, while holes 10 through 13 wend through a wooded ridge that offers the most elevation changes on the course. But the stretch that really captures golfers’ attention is the three holes—the 7th through 9th—that sit just behind large dunes along Lake Michigan. The 436-yard 7th tempts players into taking the straight route to the green by hitting a drive over a pond, tree and several fairway bunkers. The upside is a wedge into the small elevated green that offers a view of the lake.

The 384-yard 8th plays around a massive dune to a green set naturally in a semi-amphitheater formed by sand and scrub—a site that is reminiscent of links golf. The front nine finishes with a muscular par 5 of 578 yards that requires accuracy, whether players go for the green or lay

Local artists created sculptures that celebrate Nicklaus’ majors—one per each hole. up, to avoid the strategically placed bunkers. Harbor Shores will receive wider recognition— and the local community will receive an economic boost—when the course hosts the 2012 and

10th hole, 539 yards

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2014 Senior PGA Championships. Although Harbor Shores is designed for the enjoyment of golfers, spectators, vacationers and second-home owners from across the country, the real beneficiary is the local area—on all levels. In addition to offering obvious benefits in the form of jobs created by the construction of the community and the opportunities provided by programs like The First Tee, the developers have put plenty of thought and care into engaging all residents. For one, the hole markers are metaland-glass sculptures created by local artists Josh Andres and Jerry Catania. In addition to depicting flora found in the area, the works celebrate each of the Golden Bear’s 18 major championship victories, a tribute to the designer who turned a challenging site into a jewel. Not surprisingly, the admiration is mutual. “I’m proud that I was asked to be part of this project,” says Nicklaus. “It’s more than a golf course. It is a project that is going to make a difference, and that’s what it’s all about.”


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‘I’m proud that I was asked to be part of this project,’ says Nicklaus. ‘It’s more than a golf course. It’s going to make a difference, and that’s what it’s all about.’

LOCATION

Benton Harbor, Michigan PAR 71 YARDAGE 6,861 YEAR FOUNDED 2010

18th hole, 420 yards

CONTACT

harborshoresresort.com


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11th hole, 508 yards Opposite page: 1st hole, 588 yards


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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS

t he golf c lub at South S hore With numerouS aSSetS including a challenging courSe, Well-appointed clubhouSe and high-profile memberS, lake laS vegaS’ premier private club iS thriving once again

StorieS of triumph over adverSity are inspirational and uplifting. The saga of the Golf Club at SouthShore is that kind of success story. For more than a decade, SouthShore reigned as an exclusive enclave within the Lake Las Vegas community, 17 miles from the Strip. Then a troubled economy left members on the verge of losing the club. In 2009 Touchstone Golf came in to manage SouthShore. Although 120 members rejoined, it was clear that the hard work of rebuilding the club to its past glory was just beginning.

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In his pitch to prospects, Director of Sales Mark Barrett knows his primary selling point is the Jack Nicklaus layout. As member Michael Polosky says, “The course is absolutely beautiful and well maintained, with a good mix of elevations.” The 6,917-yard course falls and rises more than 300 feet, and the highest point is the 17th tee, where a dazzling view unfolds: a 320-acre freshwater lake, resort hotels and elegant homes with private boat docks. Surrounding desert hills stand in stark contrast to the lush fairways. Perennially ranked among the best in the state,

the layout challenges players with punitive bunkers and forced carries. There are several memorable holes, like the 469-yard 3rd, the No. 1 handicap, where both water and a large bunker guard the left side of the green—Head Professional Mir Wais calls it “the premium shot.” Holes like the 3rd make the front nine play three or four shots more difficult than the back, which is 455 yards shorter. On the inward side, the 212-yard 16th, which often plays into the wind, always elicits postround conversation: Did you get across the gorge? Even if shots do clear the chasm, it’s not uncommon for balls to end up in the very steep front bunker, leaving a difficult blind shot. SouthShore finishes along a dramatic, exhilarating stretch of holes that occupy the highest grounds on the site. Bighorn sheep inhabit the hills and often wander down to the fairways and practice range. Overall, the layout is a great test for the members, many of whom sport low handicaps. The club’s service matches the quality of the course. The staff always has clubs ready to go, and on chilly mornings members have been known to find heaters in their carts. These standards come from the top—General Manager Bill Burney even offered to look after a member’s grandchildren so she could fill out a foursome. Despite its proximity to Sin City, SouthShore is a quiet, traditional club at a community where half the members are full-time residents. Touch-

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stone’s extensive management experience (the company runs 18 golf courses) has guided SouthShore’s growth. Over the past year, Barrett has added several membership categories, including one for social memberships, temporarily waived initiation fees and widened the club’s reach to the entire Las Vegas metropolitan area. The efforts have steadily increased the number of golf and social members to more than 260. New members find there is a lot to embrace, from the course to the two-level clubhouse that provides mountain, lake and golf views from the huge picture windows and patio areas. But the scenery doesn’t distract from the excellent food, well-appointed locker rooms and a golf shop stocked with the latest upscale apparel. Then there is the final selling point: LPGA superstar Natalie Gulbis is a long-time Lake Lake Vegas resident and SouthShore member who uses the club frequently. Approachable and generous with her time, Gulbis held a clinic for female members in 2010, giving personal attention to each participant. Her staff bag sits in the pro shop. Golfers on their way to the first tee often give it a pat for good luck, and some have even tried to purchase the bag. But like the rest of the club, the bag is there for the enjoyment of all of SouthShore’s members. Says Wais: “That bag is not for sale!”

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15th hole, 372 yards


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Elevation changes of more than 3oo feet offer dazzling views of surrounding desert hills that stand in stark contrast to the lush fairways.

LOCATION

2nd hole, 398 yards

Henderson, Nevada PAR 71 YARDAGE 6,917 YEAR FOUNDED 1996 CONTACT

golfsouthshore.com


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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS

grand traverse resort & spa With three layouts including Jack nicklaus’ first signature course in the state, the lakeside resort has led northern Michigan’s eMergence as one of the country’s leading golf destinations

first-tiMe visitors rarely have trouble finding Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. As they near the 900-acre property just north of Traverse City, Michigan, they don’t need to refer to a map, GPS or MapQuest for directions. All they need to do is look up and head for the gleaming 17-story building that rises conspicuously from the pastoral landscape and is visible from 20 miles away.

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GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA

18th hole, 467 yards

Both architecturally and recreationally, Grand Traverse is a beacon in the Northern Michigan landscape. Opened in 1980, the resort helped to initiate the growth of golf in the area, which is now one of the country’s leading destinations. In addition to hosting the annual meeting of the National Governors Association in 1987 and 2007, the resort held the 1990 Ameritech Senior Open and was home to the Michigan Open from 1981 to 2008. Grand Traverse is also home to The Bear, Michigan’s first solo design by Jack Nicklaus. When it opened in 1985, the course didn’t disappoint the wishes of Grand Traverse founder Paul Nine, who had said: “I want the most difficult golf course in the state of Michigan.” Some of the features have been softened over the past 25 years, but the 7,078-yard layout still embodies the ferocity of its name. “The people who play here are going to have a challenge and also have some fun,” says Nicklaus. “With rolling land, trees, lakes, streams and flat land, you have a mixture of different features that people will see in different places, but rarely on one golf course. That’s what makes this course unique.” The Bear was Grand Traverse’s second course. The first, called Spruce Run, used to be a ninehole course that was the foundation for the

entire resort. Nine bought the course along with the surrounding property, formerly cherry orchards. (Traverse City is the home of the National Cherry Festival.) In addition to enlisting former University of Michigan golf coach William Newcomb to expand the course to 18 holes, Nine built a hotel, which

still houses 238 of the resort’s 600 units. There are 186 rooms in the Tower plus 176 condos that are privately owned and made available to guests through a rental program. The third course, Gary Player’s 7,043-yard Wolverine, opened in 1999. While The Bear is the must-play course for resort guests, The Wolverine is popular among Grand Traverse’s 800-plus members, who appreciate the Player design as an enjoyable, highly playable compromise between the unrelenting Bear and the sporty Spruce Run. Its 54 holes are the main attraction at Grand

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Traverse, but there are plenty of other activities for guests, including a golf academy run by Director of Instruction Scott Hebert, a six-time Michigan Open champion and the winner of the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship. Non-golfers can take advantage of the fullservice spa, health club, nine tennis courts (five are indoor) and shops. Owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Grand Traverse now offers gaming at its sister property, the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, located down the highway. In addition to featuring amenities for adults, Grand Traverse is very kid-friendly, with a 2,000-square-foot day care center, private beach club at East Grand Traverse Bay and a recently renovated indoor water playground with slides, obstacle course and water basketball. After a full day of activities, there are several dining options. The signature restaurant is Aerie, located on the 16th floor of the Tower. With tall windows wrapping 360 degrees, Aerie provides unmatched views of the bay, the city and the courses below. Try to make a reservation around sunset. This total dining experience will help relax golfers and help them rest up for another chance in the morning to take on Northern Michigan’s toughest test: The Bear.


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When it opened in 1985, The Bear didn’t disappoint Grand Traverse founder Paul Nine, who had said: ‘I want the most difficult golf course in Michigan.’

LOCATION

Acme, Michigan THE BEAR

(Jack Nicklaus) PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,078 SPRUCE RUN

(William Newcomb) PAR 70 YARDAGE 6,304 THE WOLVERINE

PAR

8th hole, 386 yards

(Gary Player) 72 YARDAGE 7,043

YEAR FOUNDED

1980

CONTACT

grandtraverseresort.com


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11th hole, 567 yards Opposite page: 18th hole, 444 yards


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m uirfield v illage g olf c lub iN his hometowN, Jack Nicklaus created a masterful layout at the heart of a special golf club that has fulfilled his visioN of offeriNg a timeless golf experieNce for players of all abilities

Jack Nicklaus’ place iN golf history is secure, as both player and designer. His record of 18 major championships remains the golden standard, and his design firm’s 350-plus courses have hosted scores of championships and PGA Tour events.

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But only one of these creations stands alone as an integral pillar of Nicklaus’ legacy, a club that not only honors his many accomplishments and contributions to the game, but also will offer generations of future golfers a chance to prove themselves against a timeless test of golf. That place is Muirfield Village Golf Club, Nicklaus’ masterwork in Dublin, Ohio. Since holding the first Memorial Tournament in 1976, two years after its opening, Muirfield Village has hosted the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and U.S. Amateur. At the 2013 Presidents Cup, it will be the only club to host all three pro team events. But Muirfield Village is far more than just a great course. At its core, it is simply Jack’s place, the realization of his idea of what a first-rate golf club should represent. “I’ve poured most of my life for the last 40-plus years into what’s happened with this golf club, the tournament and the golf course, and it’s been a fairly emotional thing for me,” Nicklaus says. “Muirfield Village stands alone as something that means a great deal to me. What it represents is my

into play on 14 holes. Through the lengthening of the holes over the years, Nicklaus has focused on preserving its strategic qualities. “Where I have kept most busy is with the evolution of the golf course,” says Nicklaus. “Like any designer, I want it to show well. I want it to be able to hold up against the world’s best players, but I’ve also made changes for the sake of the members and spectators. Overall, it’s just a bet-

among the most finely conditioned layouts in the United States. Nicklaus is just as particular about the rest of the club’s facilities as the course. Every member and guest receives a first-class experience—warming up on the circular driving range, relaxing in the locker room, dining in the clubhouse or enjoying an overnight stay at the 12-suite Lodge or one of the six four-bedroom villas.

12th hole, 184 yards

5th hole, 527 yards

total vision as it relates to a golf course, a club and a tournament. We’re very proud of it.” Although the name honors the Scottish links where Nicklaus won the 1966 British Open, the club takes its cues from another famous club of impeccable quality: Augusta National Golf Club, built by another all-time great, Bobby Jones. Like Augusta, the 7,366-yard Muirfield Village is a second-shot course. Nearly every hole plays downhill to generous fairways, but deep bunkers guard the slick, undulating greens, and water comes

ter golf course, but it’s essentially the same course that opened in 1974.” With the Presidents Cup in mind, Nicklaus instituted more changes in 2010, to the 215-yard 16th hole, which will be a crucial hole in match play. He shifted the green right and installed a pond that guards the front-left portion of the putting surface. “It’s a great golf hole that looks like it’s always been there,” says Paul Latshaw, the course superintendent who diligently keeps Muirfield Village

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Barbara Nicklaus decorated the 4,300-squarefoot villas, which have comfortable bedrooms, screened-in decks, pool tables and HD televisions, giving Muirfield Village not just the feel of a great golf club, but a golf home that is the perfect way to fully appreciate Nicklaus’ finest design. “Basically, we have a masterpiece that we just have to build around,” says Nicholas LaRocca, the club’s new general manager. “Our mission is to make sure that everything else matches up to the standards of a really special golf course.”


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‘I’ve poured the last 4o-plus years into this golf club,’ says Nicklaus. ‘Muirfield Village stands alone as something that means a great deal to me.’

LOCATION

Dublin, Ohio PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,336 YEAR FOUNDED 1974 CONTACT

17th hole, 478 yards

614-889-6700


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Arroyo 7th hole, 566 yards Opposite page: Ocean 3rd hole, 458 yards


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palMilla golf clUb the 27 holes at Mexico’s preMier resort occUpy three distinctly scenic landscapes bUt offer the coMMon allUre of a strategic yet highly enjoyable golf experience

Until recently, the arid southernmost region of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula was the exclusive haven for sport fishermen plying the sparkling blue Sea of Cortez. But the azure landscape is now complemented by verdant swatches of fairways that decorate the

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sandy shores, drape the craggy mountain landscape and reel in lovers of a different game.

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PALMILLA GOLF CLUB

a downhill 458-yard dogleg right, tends to be a favorite. A tee shot over a waste area sets up a scenic second shot directly at the sea, to a green perched atop the beach. While each of the nines possesses a unique character, there are some common features. Deep bunkers are prevalent around the greens, but Nicklaus kept the courses playable with aprons and entranceways fronting the gently moving putting surfaces. These features are friendly toward errant approaches, allowing players of all levels to enjoy a 27-hole day. Nicklaus recently returned to oversee a renovation of the bunkers and green complexes—the putting surfaces are now MiniVerde, a sturdier strain that makes the greens more consistent. He also renovated the practice range and added a 4,500-square-foot putting green. But don’t spend too much time working on your game. Because the golf—as well as the rest of a stay at One&Only Palmilla—is all about relaxing, forgetting life’s troubles and collecting lasting memories from a special destination.

Ocean 4th hole, 185 yards

The land moves more dramatically on the Mountain, the most intimidating—as well as the most diverse in design—nine. The 401-yard 5th hole draws the most gasps. The sweeping dogleg right requires two precise shots over barranca to a shallow green tucked into a hill. Requiring three carries over sandy transition areas, the zigzagging 550-yard 7th is pure target golf. In 1999 Nicklaus added the 3,434-yard Ocean nine to complete the enthralling trilogy. Ironically the only nine without a water hazard in play, the Ocean skirts the shoreline and features 600 feet of elevation change on the first six holes. The 3rd,

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The men responsible for establishing golf ’s roots in and around Los Cabos, Mexico, were developer Donald Koll and course designer Jack Nicklaus. In the early 1990s they worked together to open Palmilla Golf Club, the first Nicklaus design in Latin America. Their efforts finally brought golf to a resort community that dates to 1956, when Abelardo Rodriguez opened a 15-room hotel that drew the likes of John Wayne, Clark Gable and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Now under the One&Only umbrella, the 173-unit property is one of Mexico’s premier resorts, especially after an ambitious $90 million expansion in 2004. Located across the street from the hotel, the original 18 opened in 1993 and is comprised of the Arroyo and Mountain nines, which offer a taste of the indigenous terrain inherent in their names, while also providing nearly ubiquitous views of the Sea of Cortez. Arroyo’s opening hole appropriately signals the scenic, sensory and strategic golf experience that ensues. The 360-yard hole plays from an elevated tee to a wide landing area. The hole turns left and the second shot must carry a sandy transition area to a well-bunkered green. Cordon cacti populate the landscape, and Nicklaus used the deep canyons to incorporate forced carries into the challenge. Holes 6 through 8 in particular are considered the soul of this nine, due to their harrowing shots over hazards.

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Thanks to holes like the 5th, a sweeping dogleg that requires two precise shots over barranca to a shallow green, Mountain is the most intimidating of the nines.

LOCATION

San JosĂŠ del Cabo, Mexico ARROYO PAR

36

PAR

36

YARDAGE

PAR

36

YARDAGE

YARDAGE

3,337

MOUNTAIN

3,602

OCEAN

3,434

YEAR FOUNDED 1993

Mountain 5th hole, 401 yards

CONTACT

palmillagc.com


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pga W esT in The hearT of The specTacular california deserT, a unique club enlisTed some of golf’s biggesT names To puT TogeTher an unparalleled lineup of courses, including a pair of gems from Jack nicklaus

To The uniniTiaTed, PGA West is synonymous with the club’s iconic TPC Stadium course, the infamous test of golf designed by Pete Dye, who heeded developer Ernie Vossler’s directive to create the most difficult course west of the Mississippi. The club gained notoriety soon after opening in 1986, thanks to the Skins Game (especially with Lee Trevino’s hole-in-one on the island-green 17th, “Alcatraz”) and the controversy surrounding the players’ successful petition to have the course removed from the rotation of the Bob Hope Classic, simply because it was too difficult.

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PGA WEST

Nicklaus Tournament 6th hole, 462 yards

But anyone who has been to this desert oasis can tell you there is far more to this acclaimed club than Dye’s creation. For one, the Stadium is no longer a one-dimensional leviathan; the layout has matured and is now one of the game’s great all-around tests. It also has re-established ties with the PGA Tour, which holds the final stage of Qualifying School there every other year. What’s more, the club boasts perhaps the greatest variety of memorable, varied golf available to a single membership. Marking its 25th anniversary in 2011, PGA West offers six layouts from the game’s most acclaimed designers. In addition to Dye’s TPC course, there are the Arnold Palmer Private, Tom Weiskopf Private, Greg Norman and two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses—the

Nicklaus Tournament and Nicklaus Private. If six courses aren’t enough, the club offers a membership option that provides access to three additional La Quinta gems: the Citrus and a pair of Dye-designed courses, Dunes and Mountain, at the neighboring La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. These desert tests aren’t cookie-cutter designs, either. Each has been crafted with care with both average golfers and tour pros in mind, which is why three other courses besides the Stadium have hosted PGA Tour events. The Nicklaus Tournament is also used for Q School, while the Nicklaus Private and Palmer Private are popular hosts for the Bob Hope Classic. Members aspiring to play like tour pros can utilize the Jim McLean

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Golf School, which has two locations, at PGA West and La Quinta Resort & Club. Whether used for tour events or as venues for friendly nassaus, all six courses share immaculate conditioning, ideal weather and dramatic desert landscape—there are palm trees and snow-capped mountains in every direction. The serenity is unspoiled, as there is never a sense of crowding at this Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Although resort guests can play three of the golf courses, public and private play are integrated without diminishing the member experience. Blocks of members-only tee times are reserved—from first off until 11:00 a.m.—on alternating mornings. After golf, members have full access to five clubhouses (the Palmer Private clubhouse, nestled against the Santa Rosa Mountains, is the home base) and six dining options. Whether they are in the mood for barbeque on the deck of the Norman clubhouse while sitting under the starfilled desert sky or a night out at Ernie’s, a highenergy gastro pub overlooking the 9th and 18th greens at the Nicklaus Tournament course, there will be a restaurant that suits various tastes. Since members can tee it up on a different course six days of the week, they may want to play tennis on the seventh. The club possesses some of the finest facilities in the West; its 19 courts offer the unique opportunity to play on every Grand Slam surface: hard court, clay and grass. Instruction is provided by Director of Tennis Tom Gorman, a former Davis Cup player and captain. A 3,000-square-foot fitness facility, along with a staff of instructors and personal trainers, will keep you in shape for all this activity. Sometimes, there is no substitute for the restorative effects of spending time outdoors in a beautiful environment. That’s just what PGA West provides for its members and residents—on and off the course.

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Whether during tour events or weekly nassau matches, all six PGA West courses share pristine conditioning, ideal weather and the beautiful desert landscape.

LOCATION

La Quinta, California

NICKLAUS PRIVATE PAR

72

YARDAGE

6,951

NICKLAUS TOURNAMENT PAR

72

PAR

72

YARDAGE

PALMER PRIVATE PAR

YARDAGE

YARDAGE

6,950

TPC STADIUM (Pete

7,204

PAR

7,156

PAR

NORMAN

Nicklaus Private 7th hole, 167 yards

72

72

YARDAGE

Dye) 7,300

WEISKOPF PRIVATE YARDAGE

1986 pgawest.com

YEAR FOUNDED CONTACT

72

7,164


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r eynolds P lantation More than a scenic, challenging layout, Jack nicklaus’ great Waters Was one of the Most influential courses in the evolution of course design in the united states

georgia has been good to Jack Nicklaus. He has won six Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, the site of some of his memorable moments, including the most dramatic of all—the 1986 Masters. Conversely, Nicklaus has been good to Georgia, with EVAN SCHILLER; RUSSELL KIRK/GOLFLINKS

seven designs that have enthralled the Peach State’s golfers. Of the septet, the most engaging of all is the Great Waters course at Reynolds Plantation.

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REYNOLDS PLANTATION

Nicklaus actually made players wait for a glimpse of the lake, which first comes into view on the 392-yard 9th. Then, nearly the entire back nine skirts the 19,000-acre body of water, which provides risk-reward flourishes to holes like the 349-yard 11th, where a long drive—helped by a favorable bounce—can reach the right side of the 12,000-square-foot green. But an inlet to the left makes driver a risky choice off the tee. The lake effect is in full bloom, both visually and strategically, on the final three holes, on which the greens sit on peninsulas. The 457-yard 16th requires a solid long iron to make par, while the 164-yard 17th asks for a carry over water. Members, residents and guests of the 251-room on-site Ritz-Carlton Lodge will want to play every course at Reynolds Plantation. But of the 117

holes (National has 27), the one they remember most is the heroic second shot over a finger of Lake Oconee at Great Waters’ 540-yard 18th. There is no thrill like seeing the ball land on the green for a chance at a round-capping eagle. A stay at one of the Lodge’s comfortable rooms or the community’s well-appointed cottages is perfect for exploring Reynolds Plantation’s charms and amenities. These discovery packages are a great way for visitors and future residents to play the courses, including Nicklaus’ masterpiece. “Great Waters is a key component in the variety of golf at Reynolds Plantation,” says Bob Mauragas, the vice president of golf. “It has a great history as a prominent course in the golf industry, and it’s also one of many terrific amenities our members enjoy on a daily basis.”

14th hole, 186 yards

5th hole, 422 yards

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Great Waters is one of six courses at Reynolds, an expansive golf community located along Lake Oconee, halfway between Atlanta and Augusta. The other layouts, from Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Jim Engh and Bob Cupp, have holes along the water, but none uses the lake as effectively as Great Waters, which has nine waterfront holes. “We have 12 or 13 holes that will knock your socks off,” says Nicklaus. “In fact, the biggest problem we faced on the back nine was not to use the lake on every hole. We didn’t want to be redundant.” Opened in 1992, Great Waters was Reynolds’ second course, quickly attracting residents to the burgeoning community, especially after its exposure from 1995 to 1997 as a host of the Andersen Consulting World Championship, the precursor of the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Its critical role in the growth of Reynolds Plantation makes Great Waters one of the most important courses of the late 20th century. Its success sealed the marriage between golf and real estate, the most important trend in course architecture over the past two decades. Great Waters’ place in golf history wouldn’t be nearly as prominent if the layout itself hadn’t offered a great golf experience that is better than ever after a recent renovation. Nicklaus reshaped fairways, improved drainage, removed 600 trees, refurbished bunkers and restored greens, switching the surfaces from bent to MiniVerde. “We’re all very excited about the renovation,” says Scott Justman, the head professional, “but you can’t talk about Great Waters without talking about the aesthetics. Jack said it was one of the best pieces of land he’s ever had to work with because of the views.”

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After making players wait for a glimpse of the lake, which first comes into view on the 9th, Nicklaus routed nearly the entire back nine along the water.

LOCATION

Greensboro, Georgia

CREEK CLUB

(Jim Engh) PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,079

NATIONAL (Tom

Fazio)

BLUFF/COVE/RIDGE PAR

36/36/36

YARDAGE GREAT WATERS

(Jack Nicklaus) PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,073

3,501/3,533/3,454 OCONEE (Rees PAR

72

Jones) 7,079

YARDAGE

LANDING

16th hole, 457 yards

(Bob Cupp) PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,048

CONTACT

PLANTATION (Bob PAR

72

YARDAGE

Cupp) 6,698

YEAR FOUNDED 1988 reynoldsplantation.com, 800-800-5250


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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS

sailFisH p OiNT ON a barriEr islaNd alONg THE aTlaNTic cOasT, Jack Nicklaus dEsigNEd a scENic, wiNdswEpT layOuT aT a cOmmuNiTy THaT OFFErs THE bEsT OF THE sOuTH FlOrida liFEsTylE—aN ENgagiNg cOursE, priVaTE bEacH aNd accEss TO THE OpEN sEas

Jack Nicklaus lOVEs TO FisH.

He has a boat called Sea Bear, and

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM MANDEVILLE/NICKLAUS DESIGN

he has traveled around the world—Russia, Mexico, Bahamas, Christmas Island—to pursue his favorite pastime. Over the decades, he has gathered plenty of stories about the ones that got away. Sailfish Point is not one of them.

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SAILFISH POINT

14th hole, 614 yards

Located at the tip of South Florida’s Hutchinson Island and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, St. Lucie Inlet to the south and the Indian River to the west, Sailfish Point is a 528-acre private community with a 77-slip marina and a dramatic Nicklaus Signature course featuring views of the water. “If you love to fish and play golf, there is no better place in the world,” says Victor Tortorici, Sailfish Point’s director of golf since 1993. “It’s paradise.” Opened in 1981, the 7,088-yard layout makes golfers feel as if they were on the water, especially when they are exposed to the salty ocean breeze that adds another layer of challenge to the strategic features shaped by the Golden Bear. One of the best holes is the 315-yard 7th, where players can lay up to avoid the water, which runs down the entire right side, or challenge the bunkers left with driver for a shorter approach into the well-guarded green. In 2007 Nicklaus recontoured the fairways and capped them with a foot of sand to improve drainage. At the same time, he tweaked holes like

the 372-yard 11th, which was elevated and moved right to provide a better view of the inlet. The finishing stretch includes some of the toughest holes on the course. The 614-yard 14th typically plays into the wind, and the approach has to carry a large lake and bunker. Another hard-earned par is the 204-yard 16th, where a lake and deep beach bunker protect the left side of the green. The 443-yard 18th bends around a giant waste bunker, which guards the entire right side of the hole, before finishing at a large two-tiered green along the ocean. Steps away is the private beach, which stretches for a mile and a half. Those look-

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ing to enjoy the water farther off the shore make use of the private yacht club and marina, which can accommodate vessels with lengths up to 125 feet. Whether members and residents spend the day playing golf or going deep-sea fishing, they can gather afterward at the oceanfront clubhouse, the social center of the member-owned club. Newly renovated and expanded, the 60,000-squarefoot facility houses a fitness center, spa with hair salon, beach and tennis club, and a restaurant and lounge with glass walls that provide spectacular views of the ocean. After the round, while enjoying a cold drink and sitting on the deck overlooking the ocean, members and their lucky guests feel as if they were transplanted to an exotic tropical destination. “It’s almost like being on a Caribbean island,” says Ed Wax, a Sailfish Point resident for four years, “with all the advantages of being in the States. The course can be very difficult when the wind is up, but I love it. When you get to the 14th green and you’re looking right into the inlet where the river meets the ocean with the breeze coming at you, it’s pretty spectacular.”


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‘If you love to fish and play golf,’ says Sailfish Point Director of Golf Victor Tortorici, ‘there is no better place in the world. It’s paradise.’

11th hole, 372 yards LOCATION

Stuart, Florida PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,088 YEAR FOUNDED 1981 CONTACT

sailfishpoint.com


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8th hole, 169 yards Opposite page: 11th hole, 516 yards


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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS

s hoAl c reek hAll thompson enlisted A young JAck nicklAus to deliver on his vision for A timeless clAssic thAt would delight generAtions of club members while Also testing the best plAyers in the world

As the story goes, Hall Thompson spent so much time discussing the golf course he wanted to build that his wife, Lucy, told him to stop talking about it and start digging.

MICHAEL CLEMMER; RUSSELL KIRK/GOLFLINKS

So began the fulfillment of Thompson’s dream of creating a world-class layout in Birmingham, Alabama. Shoal Creek was an instant classic when it opened in 1977—drawing the PGA Championship just seven years later—and it remains one of America’s best courses.

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SHOAL CREEK

Although the hiring of Jack Nicklaus to design the course seems like a no-brainer, Thompson was taking a chance when he hired the Golden Bear, 35 years old at the time, in 1975. Nicklaus was just starting out in the business and had yet to design a course by himself in the United States. (He had collaborated with Pete Dye and then Desmond Muirhead.) But Thompson gave Nicklaus an ideal canvas, consisting of 1,550 densely wooded acres located between Oak and Double Oak mountains in the southern foothills of the Appalachians. “The land was terrific and there was actually space for two golf courses,” says Nicklaus. “But Hall wanted no part of that. ‘We only want one golf course,’ he told me, ‘but we want to make it a superior one.’” Nicklaus worked closely with Thompson to route 18 of the best possible holes through the forest. “What really sets Shoal Creek apart from others is its uniqueness,” says Jim Simmons, who has been the superintendent since the course opened. “Not only is every hole set off by itself, each one plays different. And that came as much from Nicklaus as from Mr. Thompson, who was very hands-on during the entire process.”

Thompson, who recently passed away at the age of 87, wanted to ensure the course would be fun for him and his fellow members while also providing a championship-caliber test. Nicklaus delivered on both criteria. In addition to enter-

taining members and guests for more than 30 years, the 7,154-yard layout has hosted two PGA Championships (1984, 1990), the 1986 U.S. Amateur and the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2011 Shoal Creek will host yet another major, the Regions Tradition on the Champions Tour. While the course is the focus of these championships’ competitors, the hub of the club’s everyday life is the main clubhouse, a replica of the

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Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia, down to the coat of arms above the front door. It is flanked by a town hall, golf shop and four guest cottages, all arranged around a common lawn. Built in the Williamsburg style, the club’s four guest cottages—named Nicklaus, Pate, Thompson and Alabama—range from two to eight bedrooms. There are also four suites above the shop, giving the club 26 rooms and 37 beds. Indeed, an invitation to Shoal Creek is one of golf ’s thrills, and visitors should be sure to partake of the entire club experience. In addition to the main attraction, one of Nicklaus’ best designs, Shoal Creek has a par-3 course known as “Little Links,” a swimming pool, tennis courts, fishing lakes and an equestrian center. “People join mostly for the golf course,” says Jon Davis, the club’s general manager since 2000, “but we are bringing in a number of families. In addition, we have an excellent non-resident membership option as well as one of the strongest junior-membership programs in the state, if not the country. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to be a part of Shoal Creek has a chance to. It’s just such a special place.”

RUSSELL KIRK/GOLFLINKS; MICHAEL CLEMMER (2)

9th hole, 465 yards


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Thompson gave Nicklaus an ideal canvas, 1,55o wooded acres located between Oak and Double Oak mountains in the southern foothills of the Appalachians.

LOCATION

14th hole, 381 yards

Shoal Creek, Alabama PAR 72 YARDAGE 7,154 YEAR FOUNDED 1977 CONTACT

shoalcreekclub.com


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16th hole, 162 yards Opposite page: 2nd hole, 195 yards


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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS

t Wine agles a neW oWnership group is revitalizing the luxury community With a number of improvements, including a redesign of the second course to match the quality of its original layout, the renoWned talon course

When it comes to great golf, Florida’s southwest coast, with Naples at its epicenter, is one of America’s premier destinations. And one of the most coveted addresses in this highly competitive market is TwinEagles, where a new ownership group has PATRICK DRICKEY/STONEHOUSEGOLF.COM

further elevated the stature of a club community that has always offered exceptional value to its members and residents.

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TWINEAGLES

After the purchase of the 1,115-acre luxury golf community from the Bonita Bay Group last fall, the Naples-based Ronto Group has set an ambitious timetable for reinvigorating the awardwinning property that is anchored by the Talon course, which was designed by the father-son team of Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II and opened in 1999. “This is an exceptional country club and community in an outstanding and ideal location,” says General Manager Dick McPhail. “Everyone on the team is proud to be a part of the vision of the Ronto Group for the exciting future at TwinEagles.” Plans are already underway to add a fitness center and full-size pool to complement the tennis courts and the palatial Scottish-manor-style clubhouse that encompasses 47,000 square feet on two stories and houses the pro shop and locker rooms, as well as the welcoming dining and lounge areas. The Ronto Group is currently rolling out the second phase of TwinEagle’s real-estate offerings. Grand Arbors eventually will add more than 350 units—villas and single-family residences—to the property’s existing homesites and estate homes. Hundreds of acres remain set aside for sweeping natural preserves, ensuring the community’s unspoiled landscape will continue to enhance outdoor activities and residential settings. Conservation is a true priority at TwinEagles, which maintains two beautifully designed botanical gardens, the Palmery and the Fernery, named for the

indigenous plant life predominant in each area. The beauty of the gardens is matched by the scenery of the 36 holes of golf, at Talon and the second course, formerly named Aerie but soon to receive a new moniker when it opens in 2011 following a redesign by South Florida-based architect Steve Smyers. With high-profile renovation credits including Orlando’s Isleworth and Olympia Fields South near Chicago, Smyers has a successful record of invigorating tired layouts. And there is every expectation his touch will yield a course that will not only enthrall golfers of all levels, but also complement the challenge of the Nicklauses’ creation, an Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary. The 7,193-yard Talon is a proven tournament test. In addition to hosting the 1999 Father-Son Challenge (won by Jack and Gary Nicklaus), Talon was the site of the Champions Tour’s ACE Group Classic from 2002 to 2006. Winding through wetlands and native grasses, framed by sandy waste areas and free-flowing bunkers, and dotted with oaks and pine trees, Talon offers risk-reward propositions throughout. Players wishing to reap more rewards can hone their heroic shots at the 11-acre practice area, which includes a range, short game complex and

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12,000-square-foot putting green. TwinEagles serves as the winter home of top instructor Dr. Jim Suttie. In addition to being honored as the PGA of America Teacher of the Year in 2000, “Doc” has helped PGA Tour stars like Paul Azinger, Loren Roberts (winner of the 2006 ACE Group Classic) and 2011 Sony Open and Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Mark Wilson. Whether it comes to instructors, designers, staff or—most importantly—the members, TwinEagles always attracts the very best.

PATRICK DRICKEY/STONEHOUSEGOLF.COM

12th hole, 195 yards


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Against a landscape of wetlands, native grasses, waste areas, free-owing bunkers and pine trees, Talon offers risk-reward scenarios throughout.

LOCATION

Naples, Florida TALON COURSE

72 7,193 YEAR FOUNDED 1999 PAR

YARDAGE

13th hole, 520 yards

CONTACT

twineagles.com


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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS

Jack Nicklaus is the head of the world’s leading golf course design firm in both quantity and quality. Not only have millions of everyday golfers enjoyed Nicklaus Design’s almost 360 courses, nearly 100 of the company’s layouts across the globe have hosted more than 600 professional tournaments. COURSE

LOCATION

YEAR

DESIGNER

TYPE

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

A L A B A M A Shoal Creek

Shoal Creek

1976

A R I Z O N A Bear Creek Golf Complex (27 HOLES)

Chandler

2000

Nicklaus Design

Public

Desert Highlands Golf Club

Scottsdale

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Desert Mountain (APACHE)

Scottsdale

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Desert Mountain (CHIRICAHUA)

Scottsdale

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Desert Mountain (COCHISE)

Scottsdale

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Desert Mountain (GERONIMO)

Scottsdale

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Desert Mountain (OUTLAW)

Scottsdale

2003

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Desert Mountain (RENEGADE)

Scottsdale

1987

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Golf Club of Estrella

Goodyear

1999

Jack Nicklaus II

Public

La Paloma Country Club (27 HOLES)

Tucson

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain (27 HOLES)

Tucson

2009

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club (LOST GOLD)

Superstition Mountain

1999

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Semi-private

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club (PROSPECTOR)

Superstition Mountain

1998

Jack Nicklaus with Gary Nicklaus

Semi-private

C A L I F O R N I A Aliso Viejo Country Club

Aliso Viejo

1999

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Angeles National Golf Club

Sunland

2004

Nicklaus Design

Public

Bear Creek Golf Club

Murrieta

1982

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Champions Club at the Retreat

Corona

2006

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

The Club at Morningside

Rancho Mirage

1981

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Coyote Creek Golf Club (TOURNAMENT)

San Jose

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Coyote Creek Golf Club (VALLEY)

San Jose

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Dove Canyon Country Club

Dove Canyon

1991

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Escena Golf Club

Palm Springs

2005

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

Mayacama Golf Club

Santa Rosa

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Old Greenwood

Truckee

2004

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Pasadera Country Club

Monterey

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

PGA West (NICKLAUS PRIVATE)

La Quinta

1987

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

PGA West (NICKLAUS TOURNAMENT)

La Quinta

1987

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Ruby Hill Golf Club

Pleasanton

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Sherwood Country Club

Thousand Oaks

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Sherwood Lake Club

Thousand Oaks

2006

Jack Nicklaus

Private

Toscana Country Club (NORTH)

Indian Wells

2007

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Toscana Country Club (SOUTH)

Indian Wells

2005

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

C O L O R A D O Aspen Glen Club

Carbondale

1997

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Breckenridge Golf Club (BEAR, BEAVER)

Breckenridge

1987

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Breckenridge Golf Club (ELK)

Breckenridge

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

The Bridges Golf and Country Club

Montrose

2005

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

The Broadmoor (MOUNTAIN)

Colorado Springs

2006

Nicklaus Design (REDESIGN)

Resort

Castle Pines Golf Club

Castle Rock

1981

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Cherry Creek Country Club

Denver

2002

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

The Club at Cordillera (SUMMIT)

Edwards

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Cougar Canyon Golf Links

Trinidad

2007

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

The Country Club at Castle Pines

Castle Rock

1986

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Country Club of the Rockies

Edwards

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Meridian Golf Club

Englewood

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Ptarmigan Country Club

Fort Collins

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Roaring Fork Club

Basalt

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

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NICKLAUS DESIGN

COURSE

LOCATION

YEAR

DESIGNER

TYPE

D E L A W A R E Bayside Resort Golf Club

Fenwick Island

2005

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

The Peninsula Golf & Country Club

Millsboro

2006

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

F L O R I D A Avila Golf & Country Club

Tampa

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

Bay Point Marriott Resort Golf Club (NICKLAUS)

Panama City Beach

2005

Nicklaus Design (REDESIGN)

Resort

Bear Lakes Country Club (LAKES)

West Palm Beach

1985

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Bear Lakes Country Club (LINKS)

West Palm Beach

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Bear’s Club

Jupiter

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Bear’s Club (PAR 3)

Jupiter

2003

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Bear’s Paw Country Club

Naples

1980

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Concession Golf Club

Bradenton

2006

Jack Nicklaus Signature in association with Tony Jacklin Private

The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe

Windermere

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Grand Cypress Golf Club (NEW)

Orlando

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Grand Cypress Golf Club (EAST, NORTH, SOUTH)

Orlando

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Grand Haven Golf Club

Palm Coast

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Hammock Beach Resort (OCEAN)

Palm Coast

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Hammock Creek Golf Club

Palm City

1996

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Public

Ibis Golf & Country Club (HERITAGE)

West Palm Beach

1991

Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Ibis Golf & Country Club (LEGEND)

West Palm Beach

1991

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Ibis Golf & Country Club (TRADITION)

West Palm Beach

2001

Steve Nicklaus

Private

John’s Island Club (SOUTH)

Vero Beach

1970

Jack Nicklaus with Pete Dye

Private

La Gorce Country Club

Miami Beach

1995

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

Lost Tree Club

North Palm Beach

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Loxahatchee Club

Jupiter

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Mayacoo Lakes Country Club

West Palm Beach

1973

Jack Nicklaus with Desmond Muirhead

Private

North Palm Beach Country Club

North Palm Beach

2006

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Public

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

Estero

2007

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

PGA National Resort & Spa (CHAMPION)

Palm Beach Gardens

1990

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Reunion Resort and Club (NICKLAUS)

Reunion

2006

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter

Jupiter

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club

Boca Raton

2003

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

Sailfish Point

Stuart

1981

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Santa Lucia River Club at Ballantrae

Port St. Lucie

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

TwinEagles (TALON)

Naples

1999

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Verandah (WHISPERING OAK)

Fort Myers

2007

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

World Golf Village (KING & BEAR)

St. Augustine

2000

Jack Nicklaus with Arnold Palmer

Resort

G E O R G I A Achasta

Dahlonega

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Atlanta Country Club

Marietta

1983

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

Bear’s Best Atlanta

Suwanee

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature Compilation

Public

Champions Retreat Golf Club (BLUFF)

Evans

2005

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Country Club of the South

Johns Creek

1987

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Laurel Springs Golf Club

Suwanee

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Reynolds Plantation (GREAT WATERS)

Greensboro

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

H A W A I I The Challenge at Manele

Lanai City

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Kailua-Kona

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Hokulia

Kailua-Kona

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Kauai Lagoons Golf Club

Lihue

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

I D A H O The Idaho Club

Sandpoint

I L L I N O I S Coyote Creek Golf Club

Bartonville

2001

Bruce Borland (Nicklaus Design)

Public

Stonewolf Golf Club

Fairview Heights

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Wynstone Golf Club

North Barrington

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

I N D I A N A Sagamore Club

Noblesville

2003

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

Fort Wayne

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

K A N S A S Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate

Overland Park

2001

K E N T U C K Y Valhalla Golf Club

Louisville

1986

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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS COURSE

LOCATION

YEAR

DESIGNER

TYPECOURSE

COURSE

LOCATION

YEAR

DESIGNER

TYPE

The Country Club of Louisiana

Baton Rouge

1986

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

English Turn Golf & Country Club

New Orleans

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

L O U I S I A N A

M A R Y L A N D Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort

Flintstone

1999

M A S S A C H U S E T T S Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

Brewster

2006

Nicklaus Design (REDESIGN)

Resort

Pinehills Golf Club (NICKLAUS)

Plymouth

2002

Jack Nicklaus II

Public

The Golf Club at Harbor Shores

Benton Harbor

2010

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (THE BEAR)

Acme

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

TPC Michigan

Dearborn

1990

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Wabeek Country Club

Bloomfield Hills

1972

Jack Nicklaus with Pete Dye

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private Private

M I C H I G A N

M I N N E S O T A Bearpath Golf & Country Club

Eden Prairie

1996

M I S S I S S I P P I Annandale Golf Club

Madison

1981

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Castlewoods Country Club (THE BEAR)

Brandon

1994

Nicklaus Design

Private

Grand Bear Golf Course

Saucier

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

The Club at Porto Cima

Sunrise Beach

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Dalhousie Golf Club

Cape Girardeau

2002

Gary Nicklaus

Private

Top of the Rock Golf Course (PAR 3)

Ridgedale

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

WingHaven Country Club

O’Fallon

2000

Nicklaus Design

Private

Eagle Bend Golf Club

Bigfork

1995

Jack Nicklaus II

Semi-private

Old Works Golf Club

Anaconda

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

M I S S O U R I

M O N T A N A

N E B R A S K A Dismal River Golf Club

Mullen

2006

N E V A D A Bear’s Best Las Vegas

Las Vegas

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature Compilation

Public

The Chase at Coyote Springs

Coyote Springs

2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

The Golf Club at SouthShore

Henderson

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Montrêux Golf and Country Club

Reno

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Johnny Miller (Nicklaus Design)

Private

N E W Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club

J E R S E Y

Farmingdale

1989

N E W

M E X I C O

The Club at Las Campanas (SUNRISE)

Santa Fe

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Club at Las Campanas (SUNSET)

Santa Fe

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

12 Shores Golf Club at Ute Lake (9 HOLES)

Logan

2009

Nicklaus Design

Resort

N E W

Y O R K

The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge

Monroe

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Golf Club of Purchase

Purchase

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club

Hastings-on-Hudson

1985

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

Sebonack Golf Club

Southampton

2006

Jack Nicklaus with Tom Doak

Private

Timber Banks

Baldwinsville

2010

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private Private

N O R T H

C A R O L I N A

Bear Lake Golf Club

Tuckasegee

2008

Nicklaus Design

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

Arden

2005

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Club at Longview

Weddington

2003

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Club at 12 Oaks

Holly Springs

2009

Nicklaus Design

Private

Country Club of Landfall (MARSH, OCEAN)

Wilmington

1990

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Country Club of Landfall (PINES)

Wilmington

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Elk River Club

Banner Elk

1984

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Governors Club (27 HOLES)

Chapel Hill

1990

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Legacy Golf Links

Aberdeen

1991

Jack Nicklaus II

Public

National Golf Club

Pinehurst

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

The Palisades Country Club

Charlotte

2005

Nicklaus Design

Private

St. James Plantation (THE RESERVE CLUB)

Southport

2006

Nicklaus Design

Private

Salem Glen Golf & Country Club

Clemmons

1997

Glen Day (Nicklaus Design)

Semi-private

O H I O Aston Oaks Golf Club

North Bend

1999

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

Barrington Golf Club

Aurora

1994

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Country Club at Muirfield Village

Dublin

1982

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Country Club of the North

Beavercreek

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

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NICKLAUS DESIGN LOCATION

YEAR

DESIGNER

TYPE

Glenmoor Country Club

COURSE

Canton

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Golf Center at Kings Island (BRUIN)

Mason

1973

Jack Nicklaus with Desmond Muirhead

Public

The Golf Center at Kings Island (GRIZZLY)

Mason

1973

Jack Nicklaus with Desmond Muirhead

Public

The Medallion Club (27 HOLES)

Westerville

1993

Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Muirfield Village Golf Club

Dublin

1974

Jack Nicklaus with Desmond Muirhead

Private

New Albany Country Club

New Albany

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Ohio State University Golf Club (SCARLET)

Columbus

2006

Jack Nicklaus (REDESIGN)

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

O R E G O N Pronghorn (NICKLAUS)

Bend

2004

P E N N S Y L V A N I A Applecross Country Club

Downington

2010

Nicklaus Design

Private

The Club at Nevillewood

Nevillewood

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Great Bear Golf & Country Club

East Stroudsburg

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private Private

S O U T H

C A R O L I N A

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls

Salem

2007

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Colleton River Plantation (NICKLAUS)

Bluffton

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run

Hilton Head Island

1993

Nicklaus Design

Public

The Golf Club at Indigo Run

Hilton Head Island

1996

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island

1969

Jack Nicklaus with Pete Dye

Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort (TURTLE POINT)

Kiawah Island

1981

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Long Bay Club

Longs

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

May River Golf Club

Bluffton

2004

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Pawleys Island

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Sunset

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Woodside (RESERVE)

Aiken

2002

Nicklaus Design

Private

T E N N E S S E E The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain

Crossville

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay

Harrison

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

The Bear Trace at Tims Ford

Winchester

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Chickasaw Golf Course

Henderson

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Richland Country Club

Nashville

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Ross Creek Landing

Clifton

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Spring Creek Ranch

Collierville

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private Private

T E X A S Cimarron Hills Golf & Country Club

Georgetown

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

The Club at Carlton Woods (NICKLAUS)

The Woodlands

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Cordillera Ranch

Boerne

2006

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Dallas Athletic Club (BLUE)

Dallas

1986

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

Dallas Athletic Club (GOLD)

Dallas

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

The Hills Country Club (FLINTROCK FALLS)

Austin

2002

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

The Hills Country Club (THE HILLS)

Austin

1981

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Lochinvar Golf Club

Houston

1980

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Traditions Club

Bryan

2004

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Whispering Pines Golf Club

Trinity

2000

Nicklaus Design

Private Private

U T A H Park Meadows Country Club

Park City

1983

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Promontory (PAINTED VALLEY)

Park City

2007

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Red Ledges

Heber City

2009

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Vermont National Country Club

South Burlington

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

V E R M O N T 1999

V I R G I N I A Bay Creek Resort & Club (NICKLAUS)

Cape Charles

2005

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Creighton Farms

Aldie

2009

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Westham Golf Club

Moseley

2010

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

Williamsburg National Golf Club (JAMESTOWN)

Williamsburg

1995

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Resort

W A S H I N G T O N TPC Snoqualmie Ridge

Snoqualmie

W E S T The Greenbrier (THE GREENBRIER)

1999

V I R G I N I A

White Sulphur Springs

1978

W I S C O N S I N The Bull at Pinehurst Farms

Sheboygan Falls

2003

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (HIGHLANDS)

Lake Geneva

1970

Jack Nicklaus with Pete Dye

Resort

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

G U A M LeoPalace Resort (NICKLAUS)

Yona

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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS COURSE

LOCATION

YEAR

DESIGNER

TYPE

A R G E N T I N A Chapelco Golf & Resort

San Martin de los Andes

2004

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Resort

Nordelta Golf Club

Buenos Aires

2007

Jack Nicklaus

Private

The Australian Golf Club

Rosebery

1977

Jack Nicklaus Signature (REDESIGN)

Private

Heritage Golf & Country Club (ST. JOHN)

Melbourne

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Lakelands Golf Club

Robina

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort Resort

A U S T R A L I A

A U S T R I A Golf Club Gut Altentann

Henndorf

1988

B R U N E I The Empire Hotel & Country Club

Bandar Seri Begawan

1998

C A N A D A Bear Mountain Resort (MOUNTAIN)

Victoria, British Columbia

2003

Jack Nicklaus with Steve Nicklaus

Bear Mountain Resort (VALLEY)

Victoria, British Columbia

2009

Nicklaus Design

Resort

Glen Abbey Golf Club

Oakville, Ontario

1976

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

James Island

James Island, British Columbia 1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Nicklaus North Golf Course

Whistler, British Columbia

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Northern Bear Golf Club

Sherwood Park, Alberta

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Okanagan Golf Club (BEAR)

Kelowna, British Columbia

1999

Nicklaus Design

Semi-private

1985

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

C A Y M A N Britannia Golf Club

I S L A N D S

Grand Cayman

C H I N A Chung Shan Hot Spring Golf Club (NICKLAUS)

Zhongshan City

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Mission Hills Shenzhen (VALLEY)

Shenzhen

1995

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Mission Hills Shenzhen (WORLD CUP)

Shenzhen

1994

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Nanhu Country Club

Guangzhou

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Palm Island Resort (27 HOLES)

Hui Zhou City

1999

Jack Nicklaus II

Resort

Reignwood Pine Valley (GOLDEN BEAR)

Beijing

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Reignwood Pine Valley (NICKLAUS)

Beijing

2007

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Shadow Creek

Beijing

2008

Nicklaus Design

Private

Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club

Shanghai

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (MOUNTAIN)

Kunming City

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Suzhou Sunrise Golf Club

Suzhou

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Westlake International Golf & Country Club

Hangzhou

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

WuYi Fountain Palm Golf Club

Jiangmen

2001

Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Nicklaus Design

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

C O L O M B I A Ruitoque Country Club

Bucaramanga

1997

D O M I N I C A N Cap Cana (PUNTA ESPADA)

R E P U B L I C

Punta Cana

2006

E N G L A N D Carden Park (NICKLAUS)

Cheshire

1998

Jack Nicklaus with Steve Nicklaus

Resort

Hanbury Manor

Ware

1991

Jack Nicklaus II

Resort

The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club

Broxbourne

1996

Nicklaus Design

Public

London Golf Club (HERITAGE)

Ash

1994

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

London Golf Club (INTERNATIONAL)

Ash

1994

Nicklaus Design

Public

St. Mellion International Resort

Saltash

1986

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Paris International Golf Club

Baillet-en-France

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Nicklaus Design

Resort

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

F R A N C E 1991

F R E N C H Moorea Golf Resort (GREEN PEARL)

P O L Y N E S I A

Moorea

2007

G E R M A N Y Golf Club Gut L채rchenhof

Pulheim-Stommein

I N D I A Classic Golf Resort (27 HOLES)

Guragon

I N D O N E S I A Bintan Lagoon Resort (SEA VIEW)

Bintan Utara

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Bukit Barisan Country Club

Medan

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Bukit Darmo Golf Club

Surabaya

1995

Jack Nicklaus II

Semi-private

Damai Indah Golf & Country Club

Bumi Serpong Damai

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Emeralda Golf & Country Club (PLANTATION)

Cimanngis

1995

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Taman Dayu Club

Pandaan

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Tamarin Santana Golf Club

Batam

1995

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

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NICKLAUS DESIGN COURSE

LOCATION

YEAR

DESIGNER

TYPE

I R E L A N D Killeen Castle

Dunsany

2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Mount Juliet Estate

Thomastown

1991

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

I T A L Y Arzaga Golf Club (ARZAGA 1)

Brescia

1998

Jack Nicklaus II

Resort

Le Robinie Golf Club

Solbiate Olona

1995

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Bear’s Paw Japan Country Club

Koga

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

Hananomori Golf Club

Ohira

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Haruna no Mori Country Club

Kurabuchi

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Hokkaido Classic Golf Club

Hayakita

1991

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Huis Ten Bosch Country Club

Seihi

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Ishioka Golf Club

Ogawa

1994

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

J&P Golf Club

Utsonomiya

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Japan Memorial Golf Club

Kobe

1990

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Komono Golf Club

Komono

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Murou 36 Golf Club (TAKARAIKE)

Nara

2002

Nicklaus Design

Private

New Capital Golf Club

Yamaoka

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

New Saint Andrews Golf Club

Otawara

1973

Jack Nicklaus with Desmond Muirhead

Private

Oakmont Golf Club

Yamazoe

1990

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private Private

J A P A N

Olympic Country Club (LAKE TSUBURADA)

Misato

2005

Nicklaus Design

Olympic Staff Ashikaga Golf Course

Ashikaga

2001

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

President Country Club

Tochigi

1995

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Rokko Kokusai Golf Club (36 HOLES)

Kobe

1996

Jack Nicklaus II (REDESIGN)

Private

St. Creek Golf Club

Asuke

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Sanyo Golf Club

Yoshii

1995

Jack Nicklaus II

Semi-private

Sendai Minami Golf Club

Shibata

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Shimonoseki Golden Golf Club

Yoshidachigata

1989

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Sun Belgravia Country Club

Nukata

1996

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Sunnyfield Golf Club

Omiya

1988

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Tradition Golf Club

Okazaki

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Borneo Golf & Country Club

Bongawan

1995

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

The Legends Golf & Country Resort (NICKLAUS)

Johor Darul Takim

1997

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Sungai Long Golf & Country Club

Kuala Lumpur

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Bosque Real Country Club (9 HOLES)

Mexico City

2008

Nicklaus Design

Private

Cabo del Sol (OCEAN)

Cabo San Lucas

1994

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Canadas de Santa Fe (9 HOLES)

Mexico City

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Centro Asturiano de Mexico

Cuautla

2007

Nicklaus Design

Private

Club Campestre San Jose

Cabo San Lucas

2007

Nicklaus Design

Resort

Club de Golf Bosques

Mexico City

1996

Nicklaus Design

Private

Cozumel Country Club

Cozumel

2001

Nicklaus Design

Resort

El Dorado Golf & Beach Club

San José del Cabo

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

El Manglar Golf Course (PAR 3)

Quintana Roo

2003

Nicklaus Design

Resort

El Río Country Club

Guadalajara

2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

La Loma Club de Golf

San Luis Potosi

2006

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Laguna del Mar

Puerto Peñasco

2004

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Moon Spa & Golf Club (DUNES)

Cancún

2005

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Moon Spa & Golf Club (JUNGLE, LAKE)

Cancún

2002

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Palmilla Golf Club (ARROYO, MOUNTAIN)

San José del Cabo

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Palmilla Golf Club (OCEAN)

San José del Cabo

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Península de Cortés Golf Course

Puerto Peñasco

2006

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Public

Puerto Los Cabos (MARINA)

San José del Cabo

2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Punta Mita Golf Club (BAHIA)

Punta Mita

2009

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Punta Mita Golf Club (PACIFICO)

Punta Mita

1999

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Riviera Cancún Golf & Resorts

Cancún

2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Tres Marias Golf Club

Morelia

2004

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Vista Vallarta Club de Golf (NICKLAUS)

Puerto Vallarta

2001

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Yucatán Country Club

Merida

2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Samanah Country Club

Marrakech

Nicklaus Design

Resort

M A L A Y S I A

M E X I C O

M O R O C C O 2008

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NICKLAUS PREMIER CLUBS

COURSE

LOCATION

YEAR

N E W The Kinloch Club

DESIGNER

TYPE

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort Private

Z E A L A N D

Kinloch

2007

P H I L I P P I N E S Alabang Country Club

Alabang

1999

Nicklaus Design

Camp John Hay Golf Course

Baguio

1999

Nicklaus Design (REDESIGN)

Resort

Forest Hills Golf & Country Club (NICKLAUS)

Inarawan

1997

Jack Nicklaus II

Private

The Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club (LEGENDS)

Carmona

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

The Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club (MASTERS)

Carmona

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Sherwood Hills Golf & Country Club

Trece Martires

1998

Jack Nicklaus with Jack Nicklaus II

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

P O R T U G A L Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Faro

2007

R U S S I A Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club

Moscow

2008

S C O T L A N D The Gleneagles Hotel (PGA CENTENARY)

Auchterarder

1993

S O U T H

A F R I C A

Pearl Valley Golf Estates

Cape Town

2003

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Pecanwood Golf and Country Club

Bryanston

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Semi-private

St. Francis Links

Port Elizabeth

2006

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Serengeti Golf Club

Johannesburg

2009

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Simola Golf and Country Estate

Knysna

2005

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort Private

S O U T H

K O R E A

Gapyeong Benest Golf Club (BIRCH)

Gapyeong

2004

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Gapyeong Benest Golf Club (MAPLE, PINE)

Gapyeong

2000

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea

Songdo

2010

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Oak Valley (OAK HILLS COUNTRY CLUB)

Wonju

2007

Nicklaus Design

Private

Phoenix Park Golf Club

Gangwon

1998

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Sky 72 Golf Club (OCEAN)

Incheon

2007

Nicklaus Design

Public

S P A I N Condado de Alhama

Murcia

2009

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

El Valle Golf Resort

Murcia

2007

Nicklaus Design

Resort

Golf La Moraleja (COURSE 1)

Madrid

1976

Jack Nicklaus with Desmond Muirhead

Private

Golf La Moraleja (COURSE 2)

Madrid

1990

Ron Kirby (Nicklaus Design)

Private

Golf Park Puntiro

Palma de Mallorca

2006

Nicklaus Design

Public

Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort

Murcia

2008

Nicklaus Design

Resort

La Torre Golf Resort

Murcia

2006

Nicklaus Design

Resort

Montecastillo Golf Club

Jerez

1994

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Terrazas de la Torre Golf Resort

Murcia

2010

Jack Nicklaus II

Resort

Villaitana Wellness Golf & Business Resort (LEVANTE)

Benidorm

2006

Nicklaus Design

Resort

Villaitana Wellness Golf & Business Resort (PONIENTE)

Benidorm

2007

Nicklaus Design

Resort

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

S W I T Z E R L A N D Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre (NICKLAUS)

Crans Montana

1988

T A I W A N Chang An Golf & Country Club

Kung-Si

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Private

Miramar Golf Country Club (36 HOLES)

Linkou Hsiang

1994

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

T H A I L A N D Laem Chabang International Country Club (27 HOLES)

Sriracha

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Mission Hills Golf Club Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

1991

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Mission Hills Golf Club Khao Yai

Pakchong

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort & Spa

Phuket

2004

Nicklaus Design

Resort

Natural Park Ramindra Golf Club

Klongsamwa

1992

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Public

Springfield Royal Country Club (27 HOLES)

Cha-Am

1993

Jack Nicklaus Signature

Resort

Gary Nicklaus

Semi-private

W A L E S Machynys Peninsula Golf Club

Machynys

2005

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