The legacy Jack has left as a player can be rivaled only by the legacy he is leaving as a golf course designer. Today, Nicklaus devotes much of his time to golf course design and operates one of the largest golf design companies in the world.
His Country Club of the North signature design opened in 1993.
Jack was named GolfWorld’s Architect of the Year in 1993, and in 1999, Golf Digest named him the world’s leading active designer. In February 2005, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America recognized Jack with its highest honor, The Old Tom Morris Award. In 2001, he was named recipient of both the Donald Ross Award (American Society of Golf Course Architects) and the Donald Ross Award (Golf Course Builders Association of America), and was honored with the International Network of Golf’s Achievement in Golf Course Design Award for 2000-2001.
Jack has been involved in the design of 262 courses open for play worldwide, and his thriving business, Nicklaus Design, has 377 courses open for play around the world. Nicklaus Design courses are represented in 36 countries, 39 states, and at least 103 have hosted a combined total of close to 800 professional tournaments or significant national amateur championships. At least 70 Nicklaus Design courses have appeared in various national and international Top-100 lists. The firm currently has 45 projects under construction or under development in 24 different countries.
Since 1962, Jack has added the moniker of “businessman” to his lengthy résumé. He is chairman of the privately- held Nicklaus Companies. In October, Golf Inc. magazine ranked Jack “The Most Powerful Person in Golf” for the fourth consecutive year, due to his impact on various aspects of the industry through his course design work, marketing and licensing business, and his involvement on a national level with various charitable causes. He was also named "Golf Development Newsmaker of the Year" for 2005 by Golf Inc., and the Robb Report once named Jack the “Leading Power Player” in the golf market.
Residing in North Palm Beach, Fla., Jack and Barbara Nicklaus are parents to five children and grandparents to 20.