Not only is Jack Nicklaus the most decorated major champion in golf history, he has amassed a global golf-course-design portfolio that is among the world's most prestigious as well.
Muirfield Village -- in his home state of Ohio and host of his PGA Tour tournament, the Memorial presented by Nationwide -- is often regarded as his finest design job. He's designed numerous other exclusive private golf clubs, and his bread-and-butter is building signature golf courses that are the centerpiece of a high-end residential community. Along with Tom Fazio, Nicklaus designs provide some of the best real estate values and appreciation in the golf-course-real-estate industry. But he has numerous other standalone and resort courses that are well received.
In honor of Nicklaus, we took a look at the top-rated Jack Nicklaus designs according to you, the golfers. Since our site began, we've received nearly 7,000 reviews of Jack Nicklaus designs, and 128 of his courses have been reviewed.
Here is a look at which Nicklaus designs have received the best overall ratings, as well as which properties provide the best value. We've also looked at which courses you've rated the most difficult.
Average overall Nicklaus design score: 4.25
Average overall score on Golf Advisor: 3.8
Lowest rated Nicklaus design: Chickasaw Golf Course * (3.5/5)
Nicklaus design with the most reviews: Old Corkscrew Golf Club (568)
Top 10 Nicklaus-designed courses by overall rating on Golf Advisor
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
10. Harbor ShoresBenton Harbor, Mich.
Top 10 Nicklaus designs by Value
A Jack Nicklaus experience often time comes at a high premium, but these 10 courses received strong marks for value.
Most challenging Nicklaus designs
Golfers have the option to rate how challenging they found the course during their round. On average, Nicklaus courses rate a 4/5 in difficulty. These averaged as the 10 most difficult.
10. No. 9 Course at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (formerly The National Golf Club)Pinehurst, N.C.
* Course was closed by the state of Tennessee in 2013 and reopened in 2015.