Nicklaus News – August 3, 2018

Breaking News: Nicklaus Design announces new golf course in Vietnam.

Hue City, Vietnam – As a part of the Nicklaus Companies’ role in Vietnam to help develop the game of golf and design courses across the country, the BRG Group has announced plans to begin work on its seventh Nicklaus Design golf course.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with our partners and friends at the BRG Group to design the next Nicklaus golf course,” said Paul Stringer, Nicklaus Companies President, Asia Pacific. “Madame Nga has a vision to develop a golf culture, resorts, and various residential developments for the people of Vietnam and to help drive golf tourism for the country’s economy. The bar is definitely being set for the golf standard in Vietnam.”

Nicklaus Design Associate, Sean Quinn, has begun drafting routing plans and strategy for the latest course.  “There is nothing greater than getting a blank canvas and being able to take a client’s dream and make it a reality,” said Quinn. “The property is stunning and the natural topography of the existing land is something we look forward to highlighting in the design. We currently have six Nicklaus courses completed in the country– the future is very bright for golf in Vietnam. Speaking on behalf of the Nicklaus Design family, we are beyond excited to start this new project which will feature several holes alongside the beautiful beaches.”

Pattaya, Thailand – First opened in 1993, Laem Chabang features a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, and now Nicklaus Design is returning to Thailand for the first time to update and renovate the course.  Work on the first nine holes of the Mountain Course is nearing completion and is on schedule to open for play in November at what is recognized as one of the top clubs in the country. Nicklaus Design Associate, Sean Quinn, worked in concert with Flagstick Construction Management and Hamish McKendrick from Laem Chabang throughout the renovation process. The greens and tees have been remodeled, the irrigation system has been upgraded substantially and a new chipping and putting green enhanced practice area have been installed. The other two nines are expected to be completed in 2019 and 2020, respectively, while the club continues to be open for play throughout construction.

Eatonton, Georgia – The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Great Waters has become known worldwide as one of the best courses in the United States and the jewel in the renowned portfolio of courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee.  Jack’s design features a remarkable nine holes on the picturesque shores of Lake Oconee.

“As Jack said, the bones of the golf course remain very strong, and it does not need to be redesigned; it’s an incredible golf course,” said Nicklaus Design Associate Chad Goetz, “we are updating and refreshing the course including new tees.”

“Nicklaus Design is fortunate to be on site with some of the best staff in the business,” explained Goetz. “The entire Reynolds Lake Oconee team is exceptional, but to name a few that will help take this vision became reality are: Reynolds Lake Oconee Director of Agronomy, Lane Singleton, Great Waters Course Superintendent, Brandon Hayes, and his staff also play a major role in the project.  Additionally, we received incredible help and support from Heritage Links and shaper Cliff Hamilton, Irrigation designer Tony Altum and local engineer Rick McCallister.”

Construction began in July of 2018 and the course is on schedule to re-open in October of 2019.

Good luck, Jack, in the 3M Championship Finale!

Thousands of golf-loving fans in Minnesota, along with a national television audience, will be able to see the Golden Bear tee it up on Saturday for the final playing of the 3M Championship. Jack teams up with major championship winners Player, Trevino and Pate to compete in the “Greats of Golf” while fifty-six PGA TOUR Champions players compete at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

“We really enjoy these opportunities,” Nicklaus said. “We don’t get to see each other enough, and we look forward to this each and every year.”

The event will donate another $1.3 million to charity this year. The Golf Channel will provide live coverage from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET on both Saturday and Sunday… perhaps this will be an encore more than a last act!

Four Nicklaus Design Courses Play Host to the Pro Tours

At four different Nicklaus golf courses in three different countries in 14 days, professional golfers have been put to the Nicklaus test. North of the boarder, the PGA TOUR hosted the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus’ first solo design. South of the boarder, the 71st Colombian Open showcased the beautiful TPC Cartagena at Karibana. This week the PGA TOUR hosts the Barracuda Championship on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, Montreux Golf Club in Reno, Nevada, and Web.Com Tour players compete in the KC Golf Classic at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Kansas.

Nicklaus Design prides itself on being able to design the best golf courses for daily member play while also being able to test professional golfers from around the world. Working side-by-side with its clients, Nicklaus Design strives to understand the goals of the developer whether it is to create enjoyable and challenging golf for its members or to host a significant golf tournament. More than 1,000 professional and amateur events have been staged on Nicklaus courses worldwide.

Attention all Nicklaus Courses – You’re Invited to the 35th playing of the Jack Nicklaus Cup Matches!

Nicklaus courses from around the world gather each year to share in camaraderie and to compete for bragging rights in winning the Jack Nicklaus Cup Matches!

In 1983, golf professionals from four Nicklaus Designed courses conceived the idea of an annual competition among the members of their clubs. The concept gave rise to the first Jack Nicklaus Cup Matches that took place in the spring of 1984. Now, as Nicklaus Design continues to grow its footprint of over 415 golf courses in 45 countries, the Cup Matches attract teams from around the world. Since its inception, the matches have been held for the fun of the game and for the challenge of competing among the Nicklaus family of courses. It is a 54-hole competition, and each team consists of 3 amateurs with the golf professional as the playing team captain.

This year’s event is hosted at Reflection Bay Golf Club in Lake Las Vegas, from September 30–October 3, 2018. Reflection Bay is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that opened in 1998. Should you have any questions, please contact Pat Ross or Teddy Hines via email or the phone numbers below.

Pat Ross
HNS Sports Group
T:  614.507.0915
E:  pross@hnssports.com

Teddy Hines
HNS Sports Group
T:  614.406.9584
E:  thines@hnssports.com

About the Nicklaus Companies:

The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions, and growing the game. For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus. In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to help further the growth of the company and to realize the full potential of the brands and branded businesses. Howard Milstein is Chairman of New York Private Bank & Trust, and is actively involved in the Nicklaus Companies as Executive Chairman.

Products and services include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus-branded products have been marketed worldwide since 1962. The Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear-branded lifestyle collection of products includes: golf academies; ice cream; restaurants; beverages; beverageware; wine; home appliances; apparel; socks; and golf equipment.

Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created more than 415 courses worldwide, open for play in 45 countries and 39 U.S states. Jack Nicklaus has designed, co-designed or re-designed over 300 courses around the globe, and Nicklaus Design courses have been ranked more than 2,000 times in various national or international Top-100 lists.

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