Golden Bear tracks: Play the public golf courses where Jack Nicklaus won multiple times on the PGA Tour



It didn't matter where Jack Nicklaus teed it up. He was a threat on any kind of golf course.

Links and parkland. Iconic venues and obscure munis. Even golf courses he designed.

Nicklaus won 73 times on the PGA Tour, third most all-time behind Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (79). Want to follow in the tracks of the Golden Bear?

Many of his victories came at historic courses open to the public, such as Torrey Pines, Harbour Town Golf Links, Muirfield in Scotland and more. Nicklaus dominated elsewhere, winning multiple times at five of the game's most storied tournament venues still open to the public -- and one not so famous. Let's walk down memory lane with arguably the greatest golfer of all time:

Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Nicklaus won the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am three times at Pebble Beach -- in 1967, 1972 and 1973, all with Spyglass Hill in the rotation -- but more importantly, he captured the 1972 U.S. Open there as well. If not for a miracle chip-in by Tom Watson at the 1982 U.S. Open, Nicklaus might have won a fifth time on arguably the world's most famous course.

Old Course at St. Andrews

Nicklaus and the Old Course at St. Andrews are forever linked after his Open Championships in 1970 and 1978. He beat Doug Sanders in a playoff in 1970 with a birdie at the last. He ended a three-year major drought with his 15th major championship in 1978. His pose on the Swilcan Bridge during the 2005 Open Championship served as a final goodbye for Nicklaus at the Home of Golf.

The Magnolia and Palm Courses at Walt Disney World

Nicklaus won the first three Walt Disney World Golf Classics from 1971-73 at the Magnolia Course and Palm Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Both are traditional Florida resort courses filled with water and bunkers. It was a sad day when Disney lost its spot on the PGA Tour schedule in 2013.

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

The Tournament of Champions, now a staple on Maui, spent three decades on the hybrid course at La Costa in southern California. Nicklaus inflicted his fair share of damage, winning in 1971, '73 and '77. His one-stroke victory in 1973 over Lee Trevino served up the most drama. Much has changed at La Costa after major renovations to both the hotel and its two courses, the re-branded Champions and Legends Courses, although La Costa still delivers the same luxurious vacation and challenging golf.

Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami

All the great ones win at Doral, and Nicklaus is no exception. He won the Doral-Eastern Open in 1972 and 1975, taming a course that has hosted the pros since 1962. A major overhaul by Gil Hanse, hired by new owner Donald Trump, has added more teeth to the Blue Monster. There's more water and more risk-reward shots required. It would be interesting to see how Nicklaus, at the top of his game, would have fared on such a demanding test.

Inverrary Country Club

At first glance, this club in southeast Florida (in Lauderhill) doesn't appear to belong on this prestigious list. Old-timers will remembers its glory days when pros, athletes and celebrities teed it up during 15 different PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events. Nicklaus solved Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s East Course three times, winning the 1976 Tournament Players Championship and the Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic in 1977-78. Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Kite, Hale Irwin and Tom Weiskopf have walked and won at Inverrary East as well.

Aug 04, 2014



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Jason Scott Deegan

Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 600 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.


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