Eleven weeks, ten events, six different tours, five countries, all Nicklaus Design
One of Jack Nicklaus' legacies is not only playing the game better than anyone in history, but designing the places where the game is played around the world. One of the Golden Bear's most gratifying accomplishments is the 90 or more courses he's designed that have hosted more than 650 professional tournaments worldwide. This feat has never been more on display than this week and summer.
Although almost 4,500 miles separate the events, the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic, starting today at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge near Seattle, and the European Tour's Johnnie Walker Championship underway on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland are linked by Jack's burgeoning design footprint. In fact, over an 11-week period beginning July 14 and ending Sept. 25, there will be 10 different events, sanctioned by six different professional tours, played on Jack Nicklaus-designed courses located in five different countries.
These events have been spread evenly across the global tours, with two events each on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour, European Tour and Ladies European Tour. The last event in this run is the Solheim Cup, the most prestigious international team event in women's professional golf. It is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team matchplay competition featuring the best U.S. born players from the LPGA and the best European-born players from the Ladies European Tour. The 2011 Solheim Cup will be played Sept. 23-25 at Killeen Castle near Dublin, Ireland. Killeen Castle also hosted the Ladies Irish Open Aug. 5-7.
Below is a list of events at Jack Nicklaus-designed courses from July through September, 2011.