Jack Nicklaus

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Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear, was born in January of 1940 in Columbus, Ohio. His nickname came from the mascot of his high school, Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, where he excelled on the golf course. After turning pro in 1961, he enjoyed 117 professional wins. It was very fitting after winning the U.S. Amateur twice and the NCAA Championship in 1961. Jack retired in 2005 after setting the bar that would be used to measure golfers and their success for decades to come and possibly forever.

A Look At His Numbers

Of his 117 pro wins, 73 were on the PGA Tour. That places him 3rd all-time, behind Sam Snead and Tiger Woods. He also won 9 European Tour events, 3 in the PGA Tour of Australasia, 10 PGA Tour Champions, and 31 other tournaments, including seven as s senior. Equally impressive is that he won his first PGA tournament at only his 17th event. The early and mid-60s were kind to the Golden Bear. However, he hit a rough patch from 68 to 70. However, he put that behind him with resounding emphasis on winning the 1971 Championship, making him the first golfer to win all four majors twice. He bested his own record in 1978 to become the first to win all four majors three times.

The Course That Jack Built

In 1974 Muirfield Village Golf Corse opened. This par 72 course of over 7,000 yards was designed by Jack Nicklaus and considered quite long at that time. The purpose of this creation was to host the Memorial Tournament, an invitational event that hosts 120 competitors. Roger Maltbie won the inaugural tournament in 1976 with a 288 even score. However, Jack took the honor in 1977 with an impressive seven-under, which he improved to eight-under when he reclaimed the title in 1984.

Senior Moments

In 1990, at the age of 50, he became eligible for the Senior PGA Tour. He set the tone for this new tour with a win in his first start. He would continue to collect wins on the senior tour for the next 15 years. His last tournament in the U. S. was the 2005 Champions Tour. His final pro tournament was at The Open Championship played at St Andrews on July 15. Coincidentally, On April 8, 2015, he hit his first hole-in-one ever at Augusta at the age of 75.

Still Creating And Enjoying Golf

Even in retirement, Jack is still never far from a golf course. Nicklaus Design is one of the top golf course design firms in the world, with eight offices in six countries. As of 2021, there are over 300 Jack Nicklaus Signature courses worldwide, creating the perfect venues for others to enjoy the sport that Jack Nicklaus has loved throughout this life.

Call 601-663-0011 or complete the online request for a tee time at the Oaks or Azaleas courses at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club near Jackson and Meridian to enjoy a round or two yourself.