Jack Nicklaus has redesigned some aspect of every hole at No. 16 Muirfield Village over the decades, in efforts to make sure that course remains competitive as annual host of the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament. But he’s done no major remodeling at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, just modest adjustments. Although the course sees its share of amateur competitions, Nicklaus has seen no need to toughen it for everyday member play. After all, it has always had plenty of challenge, like the long freeform bunker left of the fairway on the par-4 third, the 14 bunkers scattered about the par-5 fifth and the serpentine stream that crosses the fairway four times from tee to green at the par-5 15th. Sycamore Hills is Nicklaus at his most imaginative, with strategic golf on some holes, gambling golf on other holes and target golf on still others.
100 Greatest: Ranked for 18 years from 1993-2004 and 2007-'12. Highest ranking: No. 40, 1993-'94.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 106, 2013-'14. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 143.
Best in State: Ranked first, 1991-'93, 1999. Ranked second, 2011-'12. Ranked fourth, 2013-'22. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1991.