News & ToursMay 15, 2009

Nicklaus: 'I have no desire to slow down'

What more is there to know about Jack Nicklaus? Perhaps not much, but he remains an interesting subject nonetheless, particularly from a foreign perspective, as this un-bylined story in the Irish Times on Saturday demonstrates.

"A new place every week and staying there for a week? I never liked that," Nicklaus said. "My life now I like. Now I'm here today to get something done and I'm on to something else tomorrow. I go do what I want to do and keep moving. I do seven or eight places in a week. I enjoy that. Meet more people, do a lot more things in a different period of time. I have no desire to slow down. Why should I?"

Nicklaus was in Ireland to examine his new signature course, Killeen Castle, which already is scheduled to host the Solheim Cup in 2011.

The article notes that Nicklaus just arrived from Scotland, is in Ireland for a day, and "will be in Moscow by the time you read this. And then straight to Rome and then back to south Florida."

The story touches on a variety of topics, including Nicklaus' course-architecture business, much of it conducted abroad.

"...The mayor of Moscow has come to us, Yury Luzhkov, and he wants to build 15 municipal courses in Moscow so the youth can learn how to play the game," Nicklaus said. "We won't do all 15, but we will do three or four and bring in the architects to produce good golfing facilities. That is progressive. Very exciting. That keeps me going."

-- John Strege

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