The 17 Best Jack Nicklaus Golf Courses In The World

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With the precision of a seasoned champion, Jack Nicklaus, the iconic figure of golf, seamlessly transitions from conquering the greens to crafting them. With a staggering 18 major wins and 105 professional victories under his belt, Nicklaus’s architectural prowess echoes his unparalleled mastery on the course. Having lent his genius to over 300 golfing paradises, his designs stand as monuments to the sport’s essence. Among them, legends like Muirfield Village, Harbour Town, and Valhalla Golf Club pay homage to his enduring legacy.

17. Desert Highlands, Scottsdale, Arizona

Nestled in the captivating expanse of the Sonoran Desert, Desert Highlands boasts top honors from Golf Digest. It’s a hallowed ground where golf titans like Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player have left their indelible mark.

16. Pronghorn Club (Nicklaus), Bend, Oregon

Marking a pioneering stride in the Northwest, the Nicklaus course introduces the region to the allure of “desert-style” golfing. Spanning 7,460 yards with panoramic vistas of the Cascade Mountains, Smith Rock, and iconic buttes, it promises both challenge and delight across all skill levels.

15. Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, California

Nestled within Sherwood Country Club lies the iconic 7,025-yard, par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, a masterpiece of natural harmony. Crafted under Nicklaus’s watchful eye, it seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, offering members and residents a tranquil golfing sanctuary.

14. Spring Creek Ranch Golf Club, Collierville, Tennessee

Spring Creek Ranch, an Audubon Conservation Preserve member, spans 330 acres dedicated to safeguarding wetlands and wildlife habitats. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the 7,150-yard, par-72 course harmonizes with woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife, featuring innovative soil plating for optimal drainage.

13. Sycamore Hills Golf Club, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sycamore Hills Golf Club, acclaimed as the Midwest’s premier destination, boasts a magnificent Nicklaus-designed course and a picturesque clubhouse, exuding the distinctive character and charm synonymous with the club.

12. Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island South Carolina

Crafted by Pete Dye with Jack Nicklaus as consultant, the par-71 Harbour Town Golf Links debuted in 1969 for the Heritage Golf Classic, now RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Praised by Sports Illustrated, it ranks among ASGCA’s top three American courses post-1962 and Golf Magazine’s top 30 globally. At 7,101 yards, its challenge lies not in length but in strategic precision amidst live oaks and pines, a testament to classic Scottish courses.

11. The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Florida

Ranked among Florida’s toughest, the 520-acre Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course offers a nature-infused challenge, weaving through wetlands, towering pines, and ancient oaks, offering strategic thrills with scarce residential interruption.

10. Shoal Creek, Shoal Creek, Alabama

Since its unveiling on November 1, 1977, Shoal Creek has witnessed golfing greatness. From Nicklaus to Pate, and later Trevino and Woods, this course has hosted historic showdowns, cementing its status as a premier golfing destination.

9. Quivira Golf Club, Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur, Mexico

Nestled at Land’s End on the Baja Peninsula, Quivira Golf Club epitomizes luxury in Los Cabos. Spanning 1,850 acres of pristine beauty, it offers a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, private beach clubs, and a wealth of amenities, creating an unrivaled haven for residents and visitors alike.

8. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Incheon City, South Korea

Crafted by Nicklaus Design, led by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, this 18-hole championship course extends over 7,400 yards, offering a formidable test for golfers of all calibers. Adjacent, a Western-style fairway community features 179 detached single-family villas.

7. Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa, California

Mayacama’s walker-friendly design offers strategic rewards without undue penalties. Its 6,761-yard layout, entirely sand-capped, ensures year-round playability on meticulously groomed turf. Enhanced by century-old oaks, the course exudes a mature charm akin to older constructions.

6. Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky

In the early 1980s, Jack Nicklaus was tasked with evaluating a 486-acre expanse east of Louisville. Declaring it a “golf designer’s dream,” Nicklaus commenced construction in 1984, culminating in Valhalla’s unique 18-hole layout, blending Scottish-links aesthetics with modern challenges.

5. Punta Espada Golf Club, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Cap Cana boasts three exclusive Jack Nicklaus Signature Designs, with Punta Espada leading the pack. Renowned as the best in the Caribbean and Mexico by GolfWeek, its breathtaking layout intertwines challenging play with stunning sea views.

4. Monte Rai Golf & Country Club, Cacela, Portugal

Explore the epitome of exclusivity at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, boasting two championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses sprawled across 1,000 acres in Portugal’s Eastern Algarve. It’s a haven nestled between the majestic Serra do Caldeirão mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, offering luxurious property options amidst meticulously preserved natural landscapes.

3. Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, Colorado

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, Castle Pines Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, seamlessly integrates with the natural landscape, boasting dense woodlands and undulating hills. It offers a challenging yet awe-inspiring experience for golfers of all levels.

2. Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, New York

Nestled across 300 acres in Southampton, NY, Sebonack emerges as a testament to nature’s foresight. Situated near esteemed courses like National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills, its panoramic views of Great Peconic Bay and Cold Spring Pond rival its challenging layout. Crafted by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak, Sebonack offers a distinct golfing experience amidst the wild terrain.

1. Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Conceived by Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead, Muirfield Village Golf Club took shape in 1972 on 220 acres, featuring an 18-hole layout acclaimed by Golf Digest. Host to illustrious events like the Memorial Tournament and Ryder Cup Matches, it’s a cornerstone of golf history.