Muirfield - gates
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Muirfield - gates
Getting to play Muirfield isn't easy, unless you're Jack Nicklaus, who won the Open here in 1966. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Pebble Beach Golf Links
Jack Nicklaus won four times at Pebble Beach, including a U.S. Open. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Spyglass Hill G.C. - 3rd hole
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Spyglass Hill G.C. - 3rd hole
Jack Nicklaus played Spyglass Hill well enough to win the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am three times. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Torrey Pines Golf Course - hole 4
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Torrey Pines Golf Course - hole 4
Jack Nicklaus won the 1969 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, the second year that Torrey Pines hosted the event. Courtesy of the USGA
Old Course at St. Andrews
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Old Course at St. Andrews
Jack Nicklaus won the Open Championship twice on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Disney's Magnolia golf course
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Disney's Magnolia golf course
From 1971-73, Jack Nicklaus completed a trifecta on Disney's Magnolia course during the Walt Disney World Golf Classic. Courtesy of Disney
Disney's Palm golf course - hole 3
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Disney's Palm golf course - hole 3
Small lakes and palm trees fill the Palm Course, where Jack Nicklaus completed a trifecta in the Walt Disney World Golf Classic from 1971-73. Courtesy of Disney
Doral Blue Monster golf course - 6th
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Doral Blue Monster golf course - 6th
Jack Nicklaus won twice on Trump National Doral Miami's famed Blue Monster, which is fresh off a Gil Hanse renovation and now owned by Donald Trump. Courtesy of Trump National Doral Miami
The Golf Center at Kings Island - Grizzly golf course - 18th
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The Golf Center at Kings Island - Grizzly golf course - 18th
The par-5 18th hole has decided many major pro tournaments on the Grizzly Course at The Golf Center at Kings Island, including a win by Jack Nicklaus in 1973, a year after he designed the course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Harbour Town Golf Links
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Harbour Town Golf Links
Jack Nicklaus won the 1975 Sea Pines Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links, a course he designed with Pete Dye. Courtesy of Harbour Town Golf Links
Omni La Costa Resort - Champions golf course - 16th
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Omni La Costa Resort - Champions golf course - 16th
The 16th hole on the Champions Course at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa plays virtually the same from the days when Jack Nicklaus won Tournament of Champions events in the 1970s. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Silverado Resort and Spa - North golf course - 18th
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Silverado Resort and Spa - North golf course - 18th
Jack Nicklaus won the 1968 Kaiser International Open Invitational on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa, which opened in 1955. Courtesy of Joann Dost/Silverado Resort
Lakewood Golf Club
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Lakewood Golf Club
Jack Nicklaus won the 1973 Greater New Orleans Open at Lakewood Golf Club in Louisiana. Courtesy of Lakewood G.C.
Inverrary Country Club - hole 16
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Inverrary Country Club - hole 16
Jack Nicklaus won three times on the PGA Tour at Inverrary Country Club. Courtesy of Inverrary C.C.

Jack attack: Tour the public golf courses that Nicklaus conquered on the PGA Tour

Jack Nicklaus won 73 times on the PGA Tour, third all-time behind Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (79).

Nicklaus ruled California and Florida, winning 17 times on some of their most famous public courses. He lifted trophies four times at Pebble Beach, including the 1972 U.S. Open, and won three Tournament of Champions titles on the composite course at what is now the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in southern California.

He won at two other current PGA Tour venues in California as well -- at Silverado Country Club, now the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa , home to the 2014 Frys.com Open, and at Torrey Pines .

In Florida, Nicklaus captured six titles -- three each -- on the Palm Course and Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando and at Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill in southeast Florida. He twice conquered the Blue Monster at what is now the Trump National Doral Miami.

Nicklaus was equally lethal playing links golf at the Open Championship in Scotland, taking the claret jug twice on the Old Course at St. Andrews and once at Muirfield .

The Golden Bear also won at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina, the Grizzly Course he designed at the Golf Center at Kings Island in Ohio and at Lakewood Golf Club in Louisiana.

With so much success at so many different public courses, it's easy to see why Nicklaus is the greatest of all time.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 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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