Nicklaus Redesign of North Palm Beach CC

Hundreds of residents, community leaders, and North Palm Beach's own Jack Nicklaus gathered Wednesday for a ground-breaking ceremony to commence the renovation and redesign of the 50-year-old North Palm Beach Country Club. Nicklaus, who lives in North Palm Beach, is overseeing the work. The remodeled Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course should be open by year's end.

The work includes a new irrigation system, a re-grassing of all playing surfaces, new greens and improved fairway drainage that will result in a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Most of the project should be completed by mid-August, with a re-opening of the course scheduled in November.

Nicklaus has lived in North Palm Beach for parts of five decades. "We're delighted and excited about what is happening to our facility," said Village Mayor David Norris. "To have golf's greatest player and the world's leading golf course designer overseeing the renovation and redesign of our golf course is special in and by itself, but the fact Jack donated his design services to the project, demonstrates the kind of man and resident we have all respected for so many years. This is a great day in the history of and for the future of the Village of North Palm Beach."

Although Nicklaus has designed close to 250 golf courses around the world, and his Nicklaus Design has almost 300 courses open for play in 28 countries and 37 states, having the opportunity to put his name on a course just minutes down the street from the home he has lived in since 1970 was significant to the Golden Bear.

"I have lived in North Palm Beach for close to 40 years, and this gesture was a means for me to give back to the community that has meant a great deal to my family and me," Nicklaus said. "It is my hope that we will create a very playable golf course that is aesthetically pleasing and stands as a showcase piece for North Palm Beach, and something of which all residents and golfers can be proud. This community has embraced our family for so long, and I am delighted to be involved."

North Palm Beach Country Club will represent only the second municipal golf course designed by Nicklaus. The first was Breckenridge Golf Club in Colorado, which opened over 20 years ago and is one of the state's most successful public-access courses. Breckenridge now features 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf with the third nine built in 2001 to accommodate demand.

The Village of North Palm Beach Country Club is hoping for similar success with its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and local officials have one supporter in Colorado. "Having been with the course since it opened in 1985, in my professional opinion, I can say that the Nicklaus name and design features have greatly contributed to the success of the Breckenridge Golf Club," said Breckenridge golf pro Erroll Miller.