The best of Jack Nicklaus' golf course design portfolio, according to your ratings

Not only is Jack Nicklaus the most decorated major champion in golf history, he has amassed a global golf-course-design portfolio that is among the world's most prestigious as well.

Muirfield Village -- in his home state of Ohio and host of his PGA Tour tournament, the Memorial presented by Nationwide -- is often regarded as his finest design job. He's designed numerous other exclusive private golf clubs, and his bread-and-butter is building signature golf courses that are the centerpiece of a high-end residential community. Along with Tom Fazio, Nicklaus designs provide some of the best real estate values and appreciation in the golf-course-real-estate industry. But he has numerous other standalone and resort courses that are well received.

In honor of Nicklaus, we took a look at the top-rated Jack Nicklaus designs according to you, the golfers. Since our site began, we've received nearly 7,000 reviews of Jack Nicklaus designs, and 128 of his courses have been reviewed.

Here is a look at which Nicklaus designs have received the best overall ratings, as well as which properties provide the best value. We've also looked at which courses you've rated the most difficult.

Average overall Nicklaus design score: 4.25
Average overall score on Golf Advisor: 3.8

Lowest rated Nicklaus design: Chickasaw Golf Course * (3.5/5)

Nicklaus designs in the top 50 on Golf Advisor in 2015 : 2 Grand Bear Golf Course (30th) and New Course at Grand Cypress (28th)

Nicklaus design with the most reviews: Old Corkscrew Golf Club (568)

Top 10 Nicklaus-designed courses by overall rating on Golf Advisor

Lanai City , Hawaii


Co. Meath, Ireland


(collaboration with Pete Dye)
Hilton Head Island, S.C.


Sheboygan Falls, Wis.


Anaconda, Mont.


Apache Junction, Ariz.


Lake Geneva, Wis.


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Saucier, Miss.


Benton Harbor, Mich.


Top 10 Nicklaus designs by Value

A Jack Nicklaus experience often time comes at a high premium, but these 10 courses received strong marks for value.

Aston Oaks is a top value course designed by Nicklaus in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Anaconda, Mont.


Flintstone, Md.


Co. Meath, Ireland


Clemmons, N.C.


Saucier, Miss.


Sheboygan Falls, Wis.


North Bend, Ohio


Palm Coast, Fla.


Cancun, Mexico


Apache Junction, Ariz.


Most challenging Nicklaus designs

Golfers have the option to rate how challenging they found the course during their round. On average, Nicklaus courses rate a 4/5 in difficulty. These averaged as the 10 most difficult.

Harbor Shores hosted the 2012 Senior PGA Championship.

In Benton Harbor, Mich., Harbor Shores will host the 2016 Senior PGA Championship.


Sandpoint, Idaho


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Bend, Ore.


Benton Harbor, Mich.


Marana, Ariz.


Estero, Fla.


Selbyville, Del.


Sheboygan Falls, Wis.


Hilton Head Island, S.C.


10. No. 9 Course at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (formerly The National Golf Club)

Pinehurst, N.C.


* Course was closed by the state of Tennessee in 2013 and reopened in 2015.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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