By John Strege
Jack Nicklaus is more than just a winner of 18 major championships and the unofficial reigning greatest player in history. He also is a conglomerate.
There is Golden Bear Lemonade, Nicklaus Travel, Jack Nicklaus Wines, Jack Nicklaus Signature Collection golf shoes, Jack Nicklaus Pens, Jack Nicklaus Apparel, Jack Nicklaus Art & Memorabilia, Golden Bear Realty and Nicklaus Golf Academies, among other products and services.
His latest venture is Jack Nicklaus Signature Eyewear and Golden Bear Sunglasses. Nicklaus has licensed PeakVision, with its golf-sunglass technology, to design and promote the products. There is a philanthropic angle to this venture, too; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
There are six models in both the Signature and the Golden Bear collections. They went on sale this week at the Memorial Tournament that Nicklaus hosts at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Prescription models also will be available.