New Nicklaus Course Opens in Pennsylvania

As the youngest son of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Mike Nicklaus brings a unique outlook to the golf course design table. His educational background in civil engineering, coupled with his father's teachings and the influence of his three older brothers, have more than prepared him for the challenges of design.

To Mike - who was in Downingtown, Pa., on Monday to help cut the ribbon at Applecross Country Club and play the golf course with a few members - design is more than just "family business." It is a fascination that has been a significant part of his life.

"Being the youngest has its advantages," said Mike, who has been involved with design projects from North Carolina to Southern Spain to Japan. "I have been able to take what my dad and brothers have taught me about their individual design styles and blend them with my own. They've shared their philosophies and strategies for taking undeveloped land and creating works of art that are not only enjoyable to play, but are aesthetically pleasing. This is a challenge that I have embraced. I hope people will see that manifested at Applecross."

A residential golf community featuring an array of amenities, Applecross Country Club is located less than 40 minutes from Philadelphia in Downingtown and now represents the Philly area's first Nicklaus Design golf course. The golf course at Applecross weaves through the Chester County countryside providing a unique-to-the-area experience for golfers, blending into a landscape that boasts views of lakes and rolling countryside. Wetlands and water features grace the surroundings of 14 of the holes. The golf course features four sets of tees and plays to a par of 72 at anywhere from 5,212 yards (red) to 7,028 yards (black).

In addition to the course, Applecross features an all-season recreation center with an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, an indoor pool, a kids' "splash zone," Jacuzzi and tennis courts. There is also a 10,000-square-foot sports pavilion outfitted with cardio and weight-training equipment, areas for personal training and specialized exercise, and wellness classes such as yoga, Pilates and aerobics. Member dining is available at the clubhouse and garden pavilion overlooking the 18th hole.

The residential community features seven neighborhoods and more than 1,000 houses ranging from town homes to estate homes and active adult living villas designed by Pulte Homes. The project is slated to be completed by 2017.

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