Nicklaus Signature Course Putting on the Ritz

Golf's “Golden Bear” will be making his mark in Virginia's hunt country. Jack Nicklaus recently visited his new 7,200-yard Signature Course in Aldie, Va., located about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C. The course and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club will be the centerpiece of Creighton Farms, a 180-home community.

Gathered at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Nicklaus, Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., and Ira Fenton, president of the development company, Juno Properties, LLC, announced the formation of their 10-year partnership and outlined the project.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club's course will place a premium on strategy and precision –rather than power, and will offer golfers variety, a challenge, and a memorable experience no matter the skill level. The design will incorporate much of the property's natural surroundings.

"In the case of Creighton Farms, we were provided a site with rolling terrain and some very appealing water features," said Nicklaus. On more than one hole, players will contend with a small creek that meanders through the property.

Homeowners and members of the private golf club will enjoy the service and amenities typical of Ritz-Carlton facilities. Serving as the center of operations for social and concierge offerings, the clubhouse and related buildings have been designed in a Georgian manor-style.

Excited about the company's involvement at Creighton Farms, Cooper said, "It is destined to become the most desirable residential address in the area. We look forward to creating The Ritz-Carlton lifestyle within this country club community."

Sold by Juno Properties, home sites will vary from one to five acres and offer vistas of the course and forested surroundings. According to Fenton, "Creighton Farms will have several of the area's finest homebuilders, with finished homes priced from $2.5 million."

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Creighton Farms, is expected to open in 2007. It will serve as the blueprint for further collaborations by the three principals.