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Jack Nicklaus receives the 2008 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award
Nicklaus Design has almost 370 courses in 34 different countries across the world.

Jack Nicklaus - The Most Powerful Person in Golf

Jack Nicklaus brought the same competitive spirit and attention to detail to his successful golf course design business that he brought to tournament golf.

Jack Nicklaus has always said that he loves competition and that for most of his life, golf provided him the ideal vehicle to compete. Now retired from playing the game, that competitive nature is directed towards golf course design—Jack versus a piece of ground; Jack versus his own creative boundaries. Although the Golden Bear is retired from tournament golf, his parallel career as a designer is now in its sixth decade and going as strong as ever.

Nicklaus Design is widely regarded as the world’s leading golf course design firm, with almost 370 courses open for play in 34 countries and 39 states, and is chief among the reasons why Golf Inc. Magazine voted Jack Nicklaus the “Most Powerful Person in Golf” for a record six consecutive years. Nicklaus Design has offices and representation in more than a dozen countries, including more design personnel dedicated to Asia than in North America (from 2008-10 they were voted Golf Course Architects of the Year in Asia). That has allowed the firm to respond and react to the global ebbs and flows of the economy, and keep Air Bear circling the globe.

“Most people work their entire life to retire to play golf,” the Golden Bear said, “but I played golf my entire life to retire to work.”

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While proud of the accolades to date—such as at least 70 Nicklaus Design courses having been ranked in various national or international Top-100 lists, or the fact no fewer than 95 Nicklaus courses have hosted a combined total of more than 650 professional tournaments worldwide—Jack is most proud of the fact that Nicklaus Design has more than 45 projects in planning or under construction in 24 countries, including 19 in which the firm has never been involved. That means Jack is able to fulfill his career-long mission to introduce and help grow the game around the world. Primary markets these days include China, Southeast Asia and Russia. Combined, there are close to 30 projects under development in these markets, including 19 in China.

To assist in these efforts to grow the game, Nicklaus Design has created tiers of design services to meet market needs—from currently a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, a Jack Nicklaus Legacy Course (where son and firm President Jack Nicklaus II takes the lead role), to a Nicklaus Design course led by one of the firm’s talented Design Associates. As a point of differentiation and to aid developers in emerging markets, Nicklaus also offers turnkey services, where the company helps oversee construction, facility management, membership sales and marketing.

South of the Border… To Yucatan Village & Resort

Travelers to Yucatan, Mexico, who have been to Merida know what a well-kept secret this beautiful city is. The 550-year-old capital city is close to the beautiful beaches of Progreso, allowing Merida’s residents and visitors to enjoy both ocean pleasures, and the cultural extravaganza of a true colonial Mexican city.

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It is here you will find one of Mexico’s premier golf courses—El Jaguar, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, a par 72, 7,282-yard masterpiece, at Yucatan Country Club, that opened for play in 2008.

Many people may have overlooked Merida as a tourist destination or a retirement destination previously because of the lack of great golf. Those days will soon be over.

The Jaguar Golf Club is among the most elite courses in all of Mexico, including Los Cabos, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. The course is an enjoyable yet challenging experience for golfers of all ages and skill levels.