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Nicklaus visits signature course

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus addresses Promontory members and the media at his Fourth of July site visit to the new course.

This weekend, Parkites got a sneak preview from a star.

Legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus, "The Golden Bear" of golf, during a weeklong tour of self-designed courses around the country, made a stop on Saturday morning at Promontory Golf Club to make a site visit at the Jack Nicklaus Valley Golf Course, which is projected to be completed in early fall.

The course is the second of five courses planned at Promontory- The Ranch Club. The completed course will be located within the property’s "Painted Valley" area with a view of Deer Valley and the Uinta Mountains.

Nicklaus said that he expected golfers to be playing by Labor Day, although he joked that he wasn’t sure how many holes.

"We’d rather make it right than sloppy," Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus originally chose the Painted Valley area and began designing the course three years ago. Although Francis Najafi, Chief Executive Officer of the Pivotal Group, which owns Promontory, selected Nicklaus as the designer of the course, the Golden Bear said he was pleased to accept. He said Promontory’s plan match his values and interests, including a family-friendly atmosphere, plenty of non-golf and kid-centered activities and lots of amenities. Since 2003, it has been a long process of grubbing/rough shaping and grading to get the course to the final phase it is in this summer.

The fairways will be covered in Kentucky bluegrass and the greens will feature A1/A4 blended bent grass.

The course will be a par 72, with 8,136 yards from the tips. Even though the course is set in a mountain setting, Nicklaus said that it would be walkable as well as cart accessible. Nicklaus also tried to design a course that will be challenging yet satisfying for the average golfer.

"I try to do course that best suits the people that are going to play here," Nicklaus said.

He also tried to conform each hole to fit the lay of the land.

"I let the land dictate what should be there and what I think visually looks good to me," Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus explained that he wanted his course to have that perfect mix of difficulty and fun that makes golfers want to return day after day.

"It’s got some toughness, but I don’t think it’s a wildly difficult golf course," Nicklaus said.

To do that, Nicklaus said he attempted to make every shot good within the conditions of the terrain.

"It’s a mix of spice and relief," Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus has been involved in the design of 246 courses, and there are 299 signature Nicklaus Design courses all over the world.

Nicklaus, who has been named "Golfer of the Century," by numerous publications, and of winner 100 professional tournaments and a record 20 major championships, says that he has no plans of returning to competitive golf and really enjoys the design side of the game.

"I’m having a ball," Nicklaus said. "I’m creating something that will last long beyond my golf game. I’ve had my time."

For information on any of the Promontory courses, contact director of golf Michael Marion at 333-4010.

Promontory-The Ranch Club was also scheduled to open a new Equestrian Center over the Fourth of July weekend. For more information on Promontory and all of it’s offering, call 333-CLUB or visit

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