Jack Nicklaus has set the global standard for excellence and integrity in the world of golf. He has used his unmatched success in the game to grow the sport as a player, designer, philanthropist, and goodwill ambassador.
His latest project is redesigning the 17th and 18th holes at his signature Reunion Resort golf course and developing the Bear's Den Club vacation rental community. The private gated enclave will feature Orlando’s highest-end vacation homes with breathtaking panoramic views. Owners and renters will have access to Reunion’s restaurants, three golf courses, pools, tennis pavilions, waterparks and biking and hiking trails. A private Bear’s Den Clubhouse will serve up the ultimate Jack Nicklaus experience, with memorabilia commemorating his Hall of Fame career.
ABOUT JACK NICKLAUS
Jack, the Golden Bear, was named “Golfer of the Century” or “Golfer of the Millennium” by almost every major golf publication in the world. He was also named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, and one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN.
In 2015, the Golden Bear received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the United States Congress can bestow on a civilian. A decade earlier, in November 2005, Jack was honored by President Bush at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the Office of the President can award any U.S. civilian. Jack is one of only two golfers to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal and one of only 17 individuals in history to receive both honors.
Jack’s competitive career spanned five decades, and his legend has been built with 120 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 professional major-championship titles (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens). He is one of only five golfers—Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods the others—who have won all four of golf's modern majors, an achievement often referred to as the career “Grand Slam.” Jack remains the only player to have completed the career Grand Slam on both the regular and senior tours. His eight majors on the senior circuit, now called the Champions Tour, remain a record.
Jack has been involved in the design of more than 290 courses open for play worldwide, and his thriving business, Nicklaus Design, has close to 400 courses open for play around the world. Nicklaus Design courses are represented in 41 countries, 39 states, and no fewer than 140 Nicklaus Design courses have hosted close to 900 professional tournaments worldwide or significant national amateur championships. As many as 100 Nicklaus Design courses have appeared in various national and international Top-100 lists. The firm currently has projects under construction or under development in 20 different countries.
In January 2008, Jack was recognized for his global impact through design as well as his philanthropic efforts at home, when he was presented with The Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. With its Woodrow Wilson Awards, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars recognizes leaders in business and public service from around the world and across the political spectrum. The Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship is given to executives who exemplify a commitment to the common good—beyond the bottom line—and who demonstrate that private firms should be stellar citizens in their own neighborhoods, as well as in the world.
Jack and his wife Barbara have a long history of involvement in numerous charitable activities, from junior golf to children’s hospitals to several scholarship foundations. Jack and Barbara are the guiding light for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, which supports numerous pediatric health-care services in South Florida, as well as nationally, and has raised more than $35 million in just over 10 years.
In 2015, Jack and Barbara’s efforts for impacting pediatric healthcare reached a significant milestone when Miami Children’s Health System renamed its flagship hospital Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In addition, its eight outpatient centers spread across South Florida took on the Nicklaus name.
Because of the contributions Barbara and Jack have made to golf and to community, they were honored twice in 2007—the first being The Boys Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens Award, and then the Francis Ouimet Lifelong Contributions to Golf Award, which drew close to 2,200 people to Boston to set a record for a sports function in New England.
Residing in North Palm Beach, Fla., since 1965 and in the same home they have lived since 1970, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus are parents to five children and grandparents to 22.