Fall 2021 SS Magazine

SS PODCAST: Jack Nicklaus II on golf, faith, lessons learned from a legendary dad

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Jack Nicklaus II is the first of five children born to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. His father is a golfing legend, having won 73 PGA Tour events, including 18 victories in major championships. Jack II carved out his own golfing journey, attending the University of North Carolina, where he was a member of the UNC golf team.

After a brief career as a professional golfer, Nicklaus II turned his passion to golf course architecture. Since designing his first golf course in 1991, he has become a leading force in Nicklaus Design, serving as president of the firm and working as both a solo designer and as a collaborator with his father.

In 2000, Nicklaus II was named to Golfweek’s “40 Under 40,” a list of 40 individuals under the age of 40 from the golf industry who the magazine felt would “most likely shape the game — and the business of the game — for the next 10 or 20 or 30 years.”

Nicklaus’ new book, “Best Seat in the House: 18 Golden Lessons from a Father to His Son,” released May 18.

On today’s podcast, Jack Nicklaus II shares about his earliest memories growing up as the son of a golfing legend, being at UNC with Lawrence Taylor and Michael Jordan, meeting presidents, and how faith plays an important role in the Nicklaus household.

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