Exactly 30 years ago, a golf design legend took center stage for the first time. The year was 1976 and the place, Muirfield Village Golf Club in suburban Columbus, Ohio. The legend was Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear had already been the finest golfer on the planet for nearly 15 years and had dabbled in architecture before, notably at Harbour Town Golf Links with Pete Dye in the late 1960s, but this would be his prime time design debut. It was a smashing success.Augusta National Glen Abbey The Greenbrier Shoal Creek Scioto Old Works La Paloma Country Club, Tucson, Ariz. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (The Bear Course), Acme, Mich. Grand Cypress Golf Club, Orlando, Fla. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters Course), Greensboro, Ga. Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Harrison, Tenn. May River Golf Club, Bluffton, S.C.
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