Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus Visits Oakland Hills CC


BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Golf legend Jack Nicklaus was hand for the Golf Association of Michigan’s 100 Celebration event at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills on Monday.

Nicklaus took part in a VIP meet-and-greet session and a dinner at the country club’s South Course as part of the GAM’s centennial celebration.

The 79-year-old was also in Michigan to raise money for his Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

“We started our foundation for the last 15 years and we haven’t done any big fundraisers, but we’ve done little stuff,” Nicklaus said. “We’ve raised a little over 100 million bucks in the last 15 years. Not bad. My values have changed. You start to see some of these kids and what happens to these kids from your efforts and the donations that people have made and the things and you start to say, you know, this is a heck of a lot more important than a little three or four foot putt.”

The Golden Bear has played in more major championships than any other golfer. He holds the record for most major championships won at 18 and is third all-time on the PGA Tour victory list at 73.

Michigan is home to several Nicklaus-designed courses, including The Bear at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, the TPC Michigan in Dearborn and The Gold Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor.