Nicklaus Design Facts
Courses Open for Play: More than 405
Courses Designed by Jack: 294
Countries Represented: 41
Courses on Tour: 142
Championships Staged: Close to 900
News & Press Releases
May 7, 2009
In only second year as a host, Cap Cana leads four Nicklaus designs in "Best Tour Courses You Can Play"
They say you don’t get a second chance at first impressions. Well, Cap Cana has made the most of its first and second impressions.
Fresh off the second Cap Cana Championship—an immediate hit on the Champions Tour—the Punta Espada Golf Course was ranked No. 5 in Golfweek’s recent list of the “Best Tour Courses You Can Play.” It is the second such ranking of the best public-access courses played on the PGA, Champions, Nationwide and LPGA tours in 2008-09. The list is a celebration of one of golf’s grandest idiosyncrasies: the fact that amateurs can test their games on the same courses and holes where the game’s greatest players have made history.
Punta Espada, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that plays along the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, was named the No. 1 course in Golfweek's 2009 ranking of the Best Caribbean Courses. It led a foursome of Nicklaus Design courses to make the Best Courses on Tour list, followed at No. 6 by Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., which represents Jack’s first design effort and has hosted a PGA Tour event each year since it opened in 1969. At No. 16 was the Ocean Course at Ginn Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Fla., and at No. 27 was the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the host venue for The Honda Classic.
According to Golfweek, the top four public-access courses that double as tournament hosts were, in order, Pebble Beach, New York’s Bethpage-Black (the site of this year’s U.S. Open), Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach, and TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., which is playing host to this week’s Players Championship.
Nicklaus Design has at least 90 courses that have hosted a professional tournament worldwide or a significant USGA national championship. In 2009 alone, 15 Nicklaus courses will host a PGA Tour-sanctioned event—nine on the PGA Tour, four on the Champions Tour, and two on the Nationwide Tour. Another two play host in 2009 to events on the LPGA schedule; four host European Tour events; and two more are played on the Canadian Tour.