Golfing legend and designer of over 135 courses around the world, Gary Player, has enlisted the resources of Nicklaus Design, the world’s leading course design firm founded by Player’s close friend, Jack Nicklaus, to help him launch a revitalized Gary Player Design business as part of the recent restructuring of his business ventures and brands under his marketing firm, Gary Player Enterprises. The strategic alliance will allow Gary Player Design to draw immediately upon the talents and infrastructure which have made Nicklaus Design the leading force in golf design over the last 50 years.
“When I approached Jack, my goal was to create a relationship that would elevate my design business, and I am thrilled to have my design work supported by the most talented and thorough design firm in the world,” said Player, winner of 165 tournaments on six continents including 9 major championships.
Jack Nicklaus added, “When I partnered with Howard Milstein in June 2007, one of the goals was to institutionalize and strengthen the Nicklaus Companies to continue my personal legacy in the golf business and ensure the expertise and resources needed to develop and support the people who will design the golf courses of the future. Now, we’re happy to be in a position to facilitate the next phase of my dear friend Gary’s career.”
“With over 425 golf courses in 46 countries and 40 United States, our staff at Nicklaus Design is ideally positioned to support Player Design in pursuing any project in the world,” said Howard Milstein, Executive Chairman of the Nicklaus Companies. Nicklaus Design golf courses have hosted over 1,000 professional or major amateur tournaments throughout the world.
Player, a native South African, has always stayed true to his deep passion for nature and the outdoors in his work for over 40 years as a golf course designer, and he is committed to designing golf courses that are both environmentally responsible and welcoming to all. “I love working with the land to develop a truly memorable, challenging, and enjoyable golf experience”, said Player, “and working with the support of Nicklaus Design will allow me to concentrate on the unique, creative opportunities that each site presents to me.”
“Gary’s dedication and energy level for designing golf courses is inspiring,” added Paul Stringer, President of Nicklaus Design. “We look forward to helping Gary Player Design translate his vision into unique designs for new golf courses and reach out to Gary’s existing golf courses to help them remain up to date and competitive as new trends develop in the industry”.
About Gary Player Design
Since the early 1980’s, Gary Player Design has been a global leader in golf course design with more than 135 courses completed worldwide. The business’s mission is founded on the principles of the man, Gary Player, who has always maintained that quality and professionalism are not negotiable. As a course designer, Gary Player and Gary Player Design are always steadfast in their ambition to create beauty and harmony and a playable golf course that honors the average member whilst simultaneously respecting a developer’s objectives
About Nicklaus Design
The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions and growing the game. For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience and to bring to the national and international consumer, golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus.
Products and services include golf-course design, development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus Design ( www.nicklausdesign.com), recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created over 425 courses worldwide, open for play in 40 countries and 39 U.S states. Of those, Jack Nicklaus has designed, co-designed or re-designed over 300 courses around the globe, close to 100 of which have been ranked in various national or international Top-100 lists.
Nicklaus-branded products have been marketed worldwide since 1962. The Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear-branded lifestyle collection of products include Jack Nicklaus Apparel by Perry Ellis International; AHEAD Headwear; Nicklaus Art and Memorabilia; E-Z-GO golf carts; Jack Nicklaus Wines by Terlato International; Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade by AriZona Beverages; Jack Nicklaus Socks by Stance; GOLF Magazine; GOLF.com; Miura and True Spec industry-leading club fitting.