West Palm Beach (CBS12) — Life after professional golf for Jack Nicklaus seems busier than when he was winning all those Major Championships. From helping his wife Barbara grow The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, to watching his grandson Nick O'Leary play for the Miami Dolphins, to his involvement in the process of upgrading the many golf courses he's designed.
"The Golden Bear" was on hand at Bear Lakes County Club in West Palm Beach on Saturday night, as the ceremonial ribbon was cut to officially open the brand new $ 9.2 Million Dollar clubhouse renovation. The beautifully revamped clubhouse overlooks the two 18-hole courses designed by Nicklaus, that have been enjoyed since they first opened back in 1984.
"“When it comes to golf, no name commands more respect than Jack Nicklaus,” said Bear Lakes Country Club President Kevin Richardson on a statement. “Our courses are known and sought after by golfers of all levels because they want to play on courses designed by the man who has won a record 18 professional major championships and has created some of the most iconic courses and venues in the world."
"The golf courses will stand up to anybody, and now the clubhouse will too, says Nicklaus. "(It will) attract good players, and people who want to have fun together, and enjoy it."
The 22,000-square-foot Clubhouse features three dining options, brand new golf and tennis pro shops, and brand new state of the art locker rooms.