2014 PGA Championship host Valhalla Golf Club is one of the top Jack Nicklaus-designed courses in the U.S. Unfortunately, a Valhalla tee time can be tough to come by. Owned and operated by the PGA of America, it's a private club accessible to members, guests and PGA Professionals.
But there are plenty Nicklaus signature golf courses around the world where the average golfer need not jump through hoops to play.
Matt Ginella recently named his favorite top 10 Jack Nicklaus golf courses you can play in the U.S. It's a pretty impressive list from the Golden Bear, spanning from Hawaii to Tennessee, and has designed more than 300 courses worldwide.
Matt Ginella's Top 10 U.S. Jack Nicklaus designs you can play
Golf Channel's Jay Coffin had this to say about Pete Dye and Nicklaus collaboration:
"The last two holes (the last one in particular) is what everyone wants to see," Coffin wrote. "But don't overlook the first 16 holes just because you're excited to get to the closing stretch. Take your time and soak it all in."
"If you like Jack Nicklaus designs, you'll love Old Greenwood," wrote Mike Bailey, Senior Writer for GolfAdvisor in his review. "The holes are well thought-out and plenty challenging as all Nicklaus courses are."
"Absolutely fabulous," wrote GolfAdvisor rater MadMaxb. "Every hole is on the water. Would go back in a heart beat."
He wrote: "While the signature hole of the property is on the Fazio course, I curry favor on the whole towards the Nicklaus, thanks to a lot of risk-reward holes (including a couple drivable par 4s)."
Nicklaus updated this Seth Raynor original design in 1977. While it's TPC Old White that hosts the PGA Tour these days, it has a unique distinction in having hosted both the Solheim and Ryder Cup matches.
Video: Ginella discusses his favorite Nicklaus courses
Located in Missouri, Top of the Rock is the first ever Nicklaus Signature Par 3 Course ever built.
GolfAdvisor rater erniegamboa103537000 wrote: "I've played just about all the golf courses in and around Tucson, (And we have some good ones). Dove Mountain is the best all around golf course I've experienced...I definitely recommend this course to my above average player friends."
GolfAdvisor rater dthrift3 was smitten with this demanding Nicklaus course near Traverse City (perhaps because he's a low-handicapper):
"Jack Nicklaus does it again," he wrote. "He never stops amazing people with his golf talent, now this time in golf course architecture. The design is perfect. EVERY hole is a picture hole."
GolfAdvisor rater campsie wrote of his round on this British Isles links-inspired course: "The wind was up so it felt like we were playing at St. Andrews. This was an awesome place to play a fun round of golf."
GolfAdvisor rater hbegley85260, a female with a handicap of 15-19, rated Bear Trace extremely challenging, but keeps coming back for the facility's excellent customer service.
"[Bear Trace] is always very well maintained," she wrote. "The staff are welcoming and very friendly and most times remember us by name or recognize us as frequent golfers!"
Have you played a Jack Nicklaus design in the U.S. deserving of being on this list? Let us know in the comments section below.