Nicklaus News – May

Nicklaus Design Around the Globe:
Jack’s Place… Muirfield Village Golf Club is where the best golfers in the world compete to win the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide… and earn the golden opportunity to shake Jack’s hand walking off the 18th green.

Jack Nicklaus II learned not only the game from his legendary father but also his trade as golf course designer. Today he is General Chairman of both this week’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and Muirfield Village Golf Club. That gives him truly unique insight and perspective on perhaps the most famous Nicklaus course in the world.

“Columbus is the hometown for Mom and Dad, and Muirfield Village is special for so many reasons,” explains Jack II, designer of 39 of his own courses including the nearby Medallion Club in Westerville. “Back in the 1960s, Dad first started dreaming of creating something special in his hometown for Central Ohio — a golf course and a tournament inspired by his experience at Augusta National and The Masters. Muirfield Village is a lifelong passion for Dad, who every year looks for ways to improve the golf course not only for the world’s top Tour players who gather here, but also for the members to enjoy throughout the year.”

“Giving back is very important to our family,” added Jack II. “That is why the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is committed to supporting Nationwide Children’s and other Central Ohio charities in alliance with our Foundation.”

Muirfield Village has been consistently ranked by all the golf publications as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. It is no stranger to significant tournaments; Muirfield Village is the only golf course in the world to host the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, and Presidents Cup. The course played at 6,978 yards when it opened in 1974 and is presently 7,221 yards after Jack redesigned the 16th hole in 2010.

Nicklaus Design’s Chris Cochran has worked alongside the Golden Bear for more than 30 years including the recent work on No. 16 and the practice areas.

“Working closely with Jack when he has made improvements on his home course that he has so much blood, sweat and tears invested in is humbling, a bit scary but definitely a highlight of my career,” said Cochran. “Jack II and I share the same sentiment: We always learn when watching Jack at work.”

“Whether it is something no one but the maintenance crew will notice, such as reconstructing the fairway and fairway bunkers on the 17th hole to keep them from washing out during heavy rains, or the noticeable improvements to the 11-acre practice areas that now also offer players a Par-3 course, Jack has taught us to always be innovating and searching for ways to improve the golfer’s experience while on the grounds at Muirfield Village Golf Club.”

Check out beautiful Muirfield Village this weekend on CBS Sports and the Golf Channel.

Friday, May 31:
Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 P.M. EST

Saturday June 1:
Golf Channel 12:30 – 2:45 P.M. EST
CBS Sports and Direct TV 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. EST

Sunday June 2:
Golf Channel: Noon – 2:15 P.M. EST
CBS Sports and Direct TV 2:30 – 6:00 P.M. EST

Howard Milstein Highlights National Club Association Annual Meeting

Milstein spends time with industry leaders discussing the future of golf

Nicklaus Companies Executive Chairman Howard Milstein traveled to Washington, DC, to join the golf industry’s recent gathering at the 16th Annual National Club Conference. Top private-club general managers and board members from across the country met to share best practices and learn from experts on the state of the game. Milstein was joined by Nicklaus Design executives Paul Stringer and Tommy Hearden for meetings with clients in addition to his keynote speech.

“It was the Nicklaus Companies first NCA Conference as a Strategic Alliance Partner,” noted Stringer. “To have our Executive Chairman attend and be a keynote speaker discussing his vision for the future of golf was a great honor for the company. Howard’s comments sparked discussion on industry issues as well as strategic initiatives for the future. One thing is clear: Howard is passionate about the game and the industry and continues to invest in both.”

Milstein covered a number of topics in his address, from his success in business to his journey into the golf industry, which started in 2007 as a partnership and friendship with Jack Nicklaus, the Founder of the Nicklaus Companies. He discussed his latest endeavors, notably the acquisitions of industry leaders like GOLF Magazine,, Miura, True Spec Golf, and Golf Logix.

Under Milstein’s leadership, Nicklaus Design’s mission as a strategic alliance partner of the NCA is to provide critical support and insight to private clubs through educational initiatives and sponsorships. Nicklaus Design continues to be involved in many renovations and re-designs of private clubs throughout the USA and in international markets. For more information about the Nicklaus Design services, please visit

Video Spotlight: CEO John Reese on the Philanthropic Approach

Reese discusses the charity give-back tied to all Nicklaus products and how the company supports the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation

Partner Spotlight: New Licensee, Shalom International, Announces Jack Nicklaus Grooming and Sun Care Collection

Nicklaus-branded skincare and grooming products to support Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation

Golf and sun protection go hand-in-hand. Which is why the Nicklaus Companies has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Shalom International Corporation to design, develop, manufacture, and distribute Jack Nicklaus and Nicklaus-branded sunscreen, men’s grooming products, and accessories. The new Nicklaus Collections will include sunscreen, SPF lip balms, SPF facial wipes, hand sanitizers, body lotions, shampoos, and many more essential products for everyday use at golf clubs and home.

men's groomingShalom, the industry leader in the design and manufacturing of health and beauty products, will introduce the first two collections this summer: Jack Nicklaus® BLACK and Nicklaus® WHITE labels. Shalom, a forward-thinking company that values giving back, will support the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus’s charity focused on children’s health initiatives locally and globally.

“Our licensing strategy to seek partners with the strongest positioning, the best reputation, and the deepest organizational capabilities has translated to an exceptional track record in the marketplace for our brand,” said John Reese, CEO, Nicklaus Companies. “Shalom is a recognized industry leader and the perfect partner to continue our expansion of the Nicklaus brand footprint into more categories within the lifestyle space.”

“We are thrilled to be working with the Nicklaus Companies to build a superior collection of lifestyle products for worldwide distribution,” said John Mestel, Vice President at Shalom. “The Jack Nicklaus brand is one of the most successful and recognized lifestyle brands on a global basis over the past 50 years. Adding this relationship to our portfolio is extremely meaningful to our company. We’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best-in-class fashion, entertainment, and beauty brands, who trust Shalom for our demonstrated cross-functional expertise and unparalleled distribution platform. This relationship is unique in that we have a shared commitment to making the world a better place through charitable giving. That is really the crowning stroke of the deal.”

Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus to Auction His Iconic Rolex DayDate for Children’s Hospitals

The Rolex watch that Accompanied Him for Over 50 Years to be Offered in Phillips’ New York Watch Auction on 10 December 2019. All Sale Proceeds to Benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation

Phillips, one of the world’s leading auction houses, will be offering Jack’s cherished wristwatch at auction later this year. He’s worn the Rolex Day‐Date Reference 1803 in yellow gold nearly every day since he received it as a gift from Rolex in 1967, including when he won 12 of his record 18 professional major championship titles. It could be seen in many of the photographs of him hoisting the championship trophy following a victory. The Day‐Date is Rolex’s most prestigious model and one of the world’s most famous watches.

Originally launched in 1956, the Day‐Date, with its famous “President” bracelet, was the first wristwatch to feature a date and fully spelled‐out day of the week indication on its dial. The sporty elegance of the Day‐Date appeals to a variety of consumers around the world due to its versatility, robustness, and elegance, and has remained one of the most popular and sought after Rolex models for more than six decades.  Phillips is especially proud that all of the sale proceeds will directly benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation when it is auctioned on December 10, 2019.

“This is the very first watch I ever owned, and the only watch I wore for every professional tournament I’ve won throughout my career,” Jack Nicklaus said. “It has accompanied me at U.S. Opens, Masters Tournaments, PGA Championships, Open Championships, and countless other events for over five decades, and has served me well at every step along the way. Parting ways with this watch is certainly bittersweet.”

“While I will certainly miss the opportunity of wearing the watch and having it serve as a constant reminder of some of my life’s most memorable moments, I know that parting with it will help countless children and families impacted through the work of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. I have said many times that the work being done by our Foundation and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is far more rewarding than any four-foot putt I made to win a golf tournament. So to know that 100% of the money raised from the sale of something on my wrist that I have treasured for over a half-century will directly benefit pediatric care is a treasure of the heart. I also want to thank Phillips for contributing its profits to this great cause.”

Prior to the December auction, the watch will make an international tour, including viewings in London, Geneva, Hong Kong, and throughout the United States. The tour began this week at the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide, hosted by Jack Nicklaus in Dublin, Ohio.