Tucson Loves Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus, the “Golden Bear”, is known for his intensity and according to Gary Player, for having the greatest mind the game of golf has ever known. His skill and talent were obvious from the time he was little.
At age 22, Nicklaus was the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones and he earned himself a spot on the cover of Time magazine. He wound up surpassing records set by Bobby Jones and this win over Palmer was the beginning of the Nicklaus-Palmer rivalry, which helped to attract viewers to the new technology of television. Nicklaus became the highest earner in golf and later started his own golf course design company.
Tucson is fortunate to have two great golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, is currently home to the Accenture World Match Play Championship where famous professionals from around the world gather. Although perfect for championship play, Nicklaus said at the formal dedication in March 2009, “I think it turned out to be a terrific golf course. This is a combination of tournament, resort and residential golf. People are going to be able to come here and have a nice golf course, an enjoyable playing experience. I’m very pleased with it.” This golf course is known for a mixture of elegance and adventure.
The other Nicklaus golf course in Tucson is the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at La Paloma. This course was judged to be one of Arizona’s ten best by Golf Digest. The course is an excellent challenge to players at every level, and winds through dramatic canyons and desert foothills.
We at Tucson Golf Estates are experts on the various golf courses and golf communities in Tucson. If you are looking for a luxury home to fit your needs, or to find the perfect golf course to live by, please contact us and we will be happy to help you find what you are looking for.