Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jack Nicklaus on Golf Course Architecture

It's pretty rare these days for me to plug another website but there simply haven't been many articles or interviews worthy of the exposure.

Until now.

Nicklaus, Donald O'Quinn, Charles Fraser and Pete Dye during the construction of Harbour Town GC
Courtesy of the Nicklaus Archives (through Golf Club Atlas)

Golf Club Atlas has an extremely compelling Feature Interview with Jack Nicklaus, without question the greatest player that the sport has produced.

The interview was conducted by Ran Morrissett, one of the founders of Golf Club Atlas, along with site member Joel Stewart and took months of back and forth with Mr. Nicklaus to piece together, as he still maintains his incredibly hectic business schedule at 75 years young.

Nicklaus' passion for course architecture is palpable and it makes for a fascinating piece of journalism.

There is no question that Jack's work has evolved considerably over the years and while I'm not a fan of everything he's designed, I do love a lot of his work, including Muirfield Village, Sebonack (with Tom Doak) and Dismal River's White Course, among many others.

Add that to the fact he's the best player in the history of the game and one of its greatest gentlemen and you have one incredibly captivating interview subject.

Very highly recommended. Congratulations to Ran, Joel and GCA for their fine work.