Nicklaus Design Tallies 10 Winners on GOLF Magazine’s New List of the Top 100 Courses in Asia-Pacific - Nicklaus Companies

Nicklaus Design Tallies 10 Winners on GOLF Magazine’s New List of the Top 100 Courses in Asia-Pacific

Nicklaus Design furthers its reputation as Asia’s leading golf course designer; GOLF Magazine’s ranking includes Nicklaus Design courses in China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (June 2, 2023)– Nicklaus Design—the world’s acknowledged leader in golf course design — is proud to announce that 10 Nicklaus Design courses have been included in GOLF Magazine’s newest list of the Top 100 Courses in Asia-Pacific. No other lead designer with courses in the region has as many entries on the list.

The Nicklaus Design courses that made the list are a blend of classic benchmark designs built more than 30 years ago as well as newer layouts in burgeoning golf hotbeds like Vietnam. The Nicklaus courses on the Top 100 Courses in Asia-Pacific list are:

  • Lanhai International (Yangtze Dunes), China
  • Kinloch, New Zealand
  • FLC Quy Nhon (Ocean-Nicklaus), Vietnam
  • Da Nang Golf Club (Nicklaus Course), Vietnam
  • Lake Malaran (Masters), China
  • Shanghai Links, China
  • Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, South Korea
  • Hokkaido Classic, Japan
  • Nicklaus Club Beijing, China
  • The Australian, Australia

“We’re honored to be recognized by GOLF Magazine and their discerning raters as the lead designers with the most celebrated courses on the Asian and Australian continents,” said Philip Cotton, Chief Executive Officer of Nicklaus Companies. “The fact that we comprise 10% of this list illustrates the skills of our designers, trained under the tutelage of our founder Jack Nicklaus, and the power of the Nicklaus brand in the region. We greatly appreciate all the Nicklaus clubs that made themselves available for GOLF’s raters and we look forward to continuing this trend.”

To determine the Top 100 Courses in Asia-Pacific, GOLF empowered and held accountable a group of 100-plus well-traveled—and well-connected—golfers/aficionados, each capable of expressing their own sense of design excellence at the highest level. Each rater was presented with a list of 259 eligible courses, then asked to place every course they’ve played into various buckets, starting with “My Top 3.” The buckets continued up to 250, with point values assigned to each one. The higher the total point value for a particular course, the higher it sits in the final ranking.

“The Nicklaus Design brand in Asia and Australia is getting stronger and stronger,” said Paul Stringer, President, Nicklaus Design. “We are incredibly proud of the fact that we have earned the distinction of being the lead designer with the most courses on this list and we are currently forging ahead with even more great golf experiences in that part of the world.”

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About Nicklaus Companies

For 50 years, the mission of Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience and to deliver quality branded products and services on a global basis that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of its Founder, Jack Nicklaus.

The Nicklaus Companies businesses include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of lifestyle products worldwide under the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created over 430 courses worldwide, open for play in 45 countries and 40 U.S states.

In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to further the growth of the company and expand the branded businesses. In addition to serving as Executive Chairman of Nicklaus Companies, Mr. Milstein also serves as Chairman of GOLF Magazine and


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