Nicklaus Design Around the Globe: Asia-Pacific and European Update
Great Northern (Denmark) — Congratulations to all of our friends at Great Northern on being recognized as one of the best courses in Denmark! The Nicklaus Design team has had an incredibly rewarding experience at Great Northern, where the project management team has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence throughout the development process. From the course’s early vision to ultimate reality, its world-class benchmarks have been achieved by a great team with special thanks to the dedication by Nicklaus Designer, Dirk Bouts.
One of our priorities is to incorporate the natural land features into the design process. Bouts’ astute awareness reflects two beautifully positioned nine-hole layouts, with several shots bringing adjacent hillsides along the property into play.
The Nicklaus Design team embraced the existing bodies of water to influence the strategy of play and provide beautiful views as part of the golf experience. During the design process, the leadership at Great Northern became fond of wood bulkheading, which was incorporated into a variety of holes. The results speak for themselves in terms of visual shot values, presentation, and course character, as these waterside bulkheads have become a distinct feature of the golf course.
The ultimate advantage of the Nicklaus Design process is activated when our team can work intensely and thoughtfully on the ground with our client’s. Just like 28-year Nicklaus Design veteran Bouts, we have a designer in every region of the world ready to be engaged and active on the ground in each market.
“Meeting a client who wants to develop a first-class project and following that goal all the way from the design and through the construction process is always a pleasure for which I’m very thankful to have played a part,” reflected Bouts. “Great Northern has truly been a special project, and those who will visit Great Northern will enjoy a memorable experience.”
Widus Golf Resort (Philippines) — Nicklaus Designer Jim Wagner recently toured the firm’s newest golf course project outside New Clark City, Philippines. Widus Golf Resort is a unique property that has a distinct set of characteristics and offers breathtaking views of Mount Arayat to the East, and Mount Pinatubo to the South. Wagner learned some dynamic background information on these regional landmarks including the fact that Mt. Pinatubo is an active volcano that last erupted in 1991.
Jim lives in nearby Manila and is excited to be on site regularly to see this wonderful property grow into a world-renowned course the client can be proud of for decades to come.
“Nearly 20 years have passed since Nicklaus Design has opened a golf course in the Philippines,” commented Wagner, an 18-year veteran at Nicklaus Design. “Given our design history here and the country’s passionate and enthusiastic golfing community, it truly is an exciting opportunity to reemerge to design our fifth golf course in this wonderful country at Widus Golf Resort.”
On the Horizon
As a variety of courses continue through an active construction season, we want to update you on some of the exciting activity underway for new Nicklaus golf courses. Executive Vice President Paul Stringer traveled throughout Asia last month and spent time with existing clients in addition to exploring new opportunities with developers from Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, and China.
“We have been committed over the years to establish and leverage a dynamic portfolio strategy which capitalizes on new market opportunities,” commented Stringer, referencing Nicklaus’ immense growth in China over the course of the last decade, a country that now has more than 30 Nicklaus Design properties open for play. “With more than 100 Nicklaus golf courses in the Asia-Pacific region spanning from Korea, to China and down to New Zealand, we are persistent in further expanding our Eastern footprint, which also includes renovation work in mature markets like Japan, Thailand, and China.”
Vietnam continues to be perhaps the most active market today for Nicklaus Design as we expand a growing relationship with BRG, which is headquartered in Hanoi. BRG Chairman Nga met with Nicklaus Executive Chairman Howard Milstein and Executive Vice President Paul Stringer in Washington DC earlier this month to sign an agreement for two golf courses. The new course plans include Quang Nam, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course and a 9-hole addition to the existing Legend Hill golf course in Hanoi. Nicklaus Design has already opened three golf courses with BRG in Vietnam and has another five golf courses in planning or construction. Milstein said of Nga: “perhaps one of the most dynamic and successful business leaders in all of Vietnam; she is truly a visionary – we are proud to be her partner and look forward to additional business ventures together..”
Ahead & Nicklaus; A 20-year Partnership
Chief Creative Officer, Chuck Lord, describes the Nicklaus Ahead relationship and what it means to get the Nicklaus stamp of approval
A longtime member of the Nicklaus licensing family and a true leader in innovation describes the newest product line and what it means to work with the Nicklaus Companies. One of the founding partners of Ahead, Lord points out that Nicklaus was the company’s first ever license, now in its 20th year: “Loyalty, longevity, and success are the cornerstones of our relationship. And we have a lot of fun along the way working with the Nicklaus Team.” Click the link below for more details on our partnership and the Jack Nicklaus Majors Collection.
Video Spotlight: Paul Stringer on Global Footprint
Paul Stringer, Nicklaus Design Executive Vice President, discusses plans to expand an already robust international presence
Partner Spotlight: Delaware North & the Remarkable Golden Bear Grill
The Nicklaus Companies celebrates a successful partnership with industry leader Delaware North as the first two Golden Bear Grill locations continue to exceed expectations
Delaware North and Nicklaus Companies partnered to bring together one of the world’s top brands with the leader in food service. Featuring Nicklaus family’s famous home recipes, the first two Golden Bear Grills continue to grow in sales in offering a superior customer experience.
“The Golden Bear Grill is a shining example of what’s possible when we you bring together the strength of the Nicklaus brand and a world-class partner like Delaware North,” said Rob Sample, Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Nicklaus Companies. “We at the Nicklaus Companies are thrilled to be working so closely with industry leading Delaware North to provide customers from all over the world an unforgettable dining experience.”
The restaurant debuted at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport in the summer of 2016 and the second restaurant launched in the Charleston International Airport three months later.
“Jack and Barbara truly provided their ‘golden’ touch as our partners for the Golden Bear Grill,” said Kevin Kelly, President of Delaware North’s travel division. “The authenticity of the food and the comfortable décor really provides a first-class dining experience and it keeps travelers coming back for more.”
The walls of each Golden Bear Grill are adorned with striking Nicklaus memorabilia and the new Nicklaus lifestyle products including the Jack Nicklaus Majors Collection hats, Jack Nicklaus Apparel, Jack Nicklaus Accessories, Nicklaus Wines and more! Most customers consider the restaurant a miniature museum of sorts, featuring game-used equipment and accessories from Jack’s unparalleled career on the course and in the business world.
For all those traveling through the Fort Lauderdale and Charleston Airports please do yourself a favor and check-in early for your flight so you have time for an unforgettable culinary experience at the Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill. Looking forward, the Nicklaus Companies is excited about the opportunity to do more work with the fantastic people at Delaware North.
Team Italy becomes the first qualifier for the 2019 Jack Nicklaus International Invitational Tournament of Champions
After a year of qualifying events, Cristina Di Sancarlo and Stefano Turla earned the chance to play for their country in this year’s Tournament of Champions at New Albany Country Club
Nicklaus apparel partner for Italy, Golf House S.p.A Group, hosted 28 Nicklaus tournaments across Italy for the brand’s loyal followers and to advance a winning team to the first tee of the JNII Italy National Final last week. Sancarlo and Turla, a young couple from Milan, scored an unmatched 59 (13 under-par) to win the event outright. The stellar team efforts wins them a trip of a lifetime to Columbus, Ohio, where they will join national champions from around the world to play for their country in the 2019 JNII Tournament of Champions. The VIP experience includes watching the world’s best players up close at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
The Jack Nicklaus International Invitational gives recreational golfers a chance to play tournament golf on world-class courses. Open to all who love the game, men and women of all skill levels are invited to enter this enjoyable, social event that promotes camaraderie as much as it lights the competitive fire. 2019 is the 13th year of this international team event that has been held in 12 countries around the world. To learn more, visit www.jniigolf.com.