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When it comes to course creation, Tiger lags some way behind a few very familiar names. Catching Jack? In course design, it’s Mr Player he should be focused on.
GARY PLAYER Gary Player Design 427 courses worldwide
“Around 75 per cent of those courses have involved Mr Player personally, the rest either in collaboration with other designers or under the Black Knight or Player brands.”
JACK NICKLAUS Nicklaus Design 410 courses worldwide
Jack employs around 20 Design Associates worldwide. “Their task is to ensure Jack’s vision, philosophy and golf course design directive are implemented at each project.”
ARNOLD PALMER Arnold Palmer Design 306 courses worldwide
Arnie’s designs can be seen in more than 25 countries worldwide but The King was notably hands-off, deferring to his design associates for technical details at course openings.
GREG NORMAN Greg Norman Golf Course Design 101 course worldwide
While “involved with all of his courses,” only the Signature Design option includes his “personal participation on-site during design and development”.