Nicklaus Design Facts
Courses Open for Play: More than 390
Courses Designed by Jack: 290
Countries Represented: 41
Courses on Tour: 142
Championships Staged: Close to 900
Jack Nicklaus II
"My design ability is a direct reflection of what my father has taught me about problem-solving, highlighting a unique land feature and transforming something mundane into something truly spectacular."
- Jack Nicklaus II
Jack Nicklaus II has followed in his father's footsteps in more than just his name. Since designing his first golf course in 1991, Jack II has become a leading force in Nicklaus Design, serving as President of the firm and working as both a solo designer and as a collaborator with Jack.
Naturally, many of Jack II's design philosophies mirror his father's. "I learned from my dad that a designer must use what Mother Nature makes available," he says. "It's also essential to understand the client's objectives, map out a sound strategy for the course, and always factor in some excitement." Over the years, Jack II has developed and refined his own design philosophy. Most notable is his belief in offering golfers exceptional variety, which he has applied to courses in Argentina, Italy, England, Japan, the Philippines, China and throughout the U.S. "Variety exposes the player to different natural experiences on the golf course," he adds. "The end result is a design that encourages players to learn more about the game and, most important, makes the experience enjoyable."
In 2000, Jack II was named to Golfweek's "40 Under 40," a list of 40 individuals under the age of 40 from the golf industry that the magazine felt would "most likely shape the game--and the business of the game--for the next 10 or 20 or 30 years." The individuals were chosen from all areas of golf: course design and development; playing equipment; science and technology; and associations involved with the game or its players. That same year, Jack II was accepted into the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects, of which his father is also a member.
Jack II has received numerous accolades for his design work. Most recently, his design at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass., made its debut in 2006 on GOLF Magazine's list of the "Top 100 You Can Play." The course also was named the "Top Public Access Course in Massachusetts" for 2005. Jack II's co-design at Aspen Glen in Carbondale, Colo., was among the "Best New Courses" for 1998 by Golf Digest. Arzaga Golf Club, a Jack II solo project, was named "Best New Course in Italy" for 1998. The Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Ariz., was among Golfweek's "Top-40 Daily-Fees in America."
Many Jack II designs or co-designs have hosted touring professional events or high-profile amateur championships. The Club at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla., was the host for the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic. Jack II's Heritage Course at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., was one of two Nicklaus Design courses used for the LPGA's 1999 season-opening event, The Office Depot. Legacy Golf Links in Aberdeen, N.C., hosted the 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. Internationally, Hanbury Manor, London, has hosted the English Open.
In 2003, Jack II was named General Chairman of the Memorial Tournament and Chairman of its host venue Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Jack Nicklaus founded the Memorial, one of the world's most respected tournaments, in 1976, just two years after the opening of Muirfield Village, which the Golden Bear designed with the late Desmond Muirhead. Just as Jack II is carrying on the legacy his father created at the Memorial Tournament, so too is he perpetuating the excellence and the highest of quality standards in course design long associated with the Nicklaus name.