Nicklaus Design Facts
Courses Open for Play: 365
Courses Designed by Jack: 289
Countries Represented: 34
Courses on Tour: 90
Championships Staged: Over 600
News & Press Releases
April 6, 2009
Sebonack’s stunning debut at No. 39 paces seven Nicklaus Design courses in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest
Sebonack Golf Club, the much-heralded collaboration between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak, leaped into Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses at No. 39, the second highest debut in the 2009-10 version of the magazine's biennial survey. Sebonack, which recently was ranked No. 7 in Golfweek's 100 "Best Modern Courses" 2009, led a parade of seven Nicklaus Design courses to make Digest's coveted survey.
Nicklaus Design also had seven courses make Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, with Harbour Town Golf Links--Jack's first design and a collaboration with Pete Dye in 1969--being the only one to make both lists. Harbour Town was No. 13 in the public ranking and No. 75 in the combined list (up 18 spots from two years ago).
Sebonack, a dramatic layout in Southampton, N.Y., nestled against the picturesque Peconic Bay, has received rave reviews since a head-turning debut in the summer of 2006. Just months after opening, it appeared on GOLF Magazine's list of the "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." Now it has completed the trifecta among golf's leading publications.
Jack's top-100 mainstay, Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, came in at No. 19 in the Digest ranking, followed at No. 28 by Castle Pines (up eight spots from two years ago). Mayacama Golf Club, a Nicklaus Signature Course tucked in the wine country of Santa Rosa, Calif., was at No. 78. Sycamore Hills in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the 2008 Ryder Cup venue of Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., rounded out the Nicklaus entries at Nos. 93 and 95, respectively.
In the ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses, May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C., which continues to grab national acclaim since opening in 2004, came in at No. 22. The Challenge at Manele in Lanai, Hawaii, was at No. 35, followed by The Ocean Course at Ginn Hammock Beach at No. 44 (up 13 spots). Turtle Point at Kiawah Island (S.C.) was at No. 48; Old World Golf Course in Anaconda, Mont., was at No. 67; and The Summit at Cordillera rounded out the Nicklaus public courses at No. 92.
Golf Digest also ranked the 100 Best Courses Outside the United States, and Nicklaus' dominance in Mexico was evident with the ranking of the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol at No. 24 and Vista Vallarta at No. 79. Punta Espada Golf Club at Cap Cana, which just last week hosted a Champions Tour event, was No. 46 in the global ranking, and Jack's recent design at Monte Rei in Faro, Portugal debuted at No. 96. For more on Golf Digest’s rankings, visit www.golfdigest.com.
Eight Nicklaus Design courses appeared in Golfweek's recent ranking of the 100 "Best Modern Courses" for 2009. Led by Sebonack at No. 7 (up three spots from the last ranking), the other Nicklaus layouts were Muirfield Village (No. 11); Harbour Town (No. 28); Castle Pines (No. 31); Mayacama (No. 38); The Concession in Sarasota, Fla. (No. 60); Shoal Creek in Alabama (No. 65); and Valhalla (No. 84).
Golfweek also released its 2009 state-by-state ranking of America's top public-access and resort courses for 2009 and 20 Nicklaus Design golf courses were recognized in 15 states. Twelve of those courses made their way into their respective state's top five, while four took top honors--Cougar Canyon Golf Links, a Nicklaus Design layout in Trinidad, Colo.; Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island, Del.; Old Works in Anaconda, Mont.; and Bear Trace at Ross Creek Landing in Clifton, Tenn. Cougar Canyon was making its debut in the ranking.