Golf World (UK) - - THE SPIN -

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”.

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