Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas to create Florida golf community

In Palm Beach County, Florida, Jack Nicklaus and one of the PGA’s hottest new stars are partnering up to establish a luxury golf community.

Jack Nicklaus, 82, and Justin Thomas, a 28-year-old PGA Tour player have begun construction at Panther National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  The two are planning a high-end estate neighbourhood encircled by a championship golf course that will open in late 2023. It’s the first new golf course in nearly two decades in the area.

Nicklaus has said that he believes it’s fantastic to see golf expand in Florida. 

Panther National will be spread over 400 acres, with a 2,400-acre conservation area surrounding it. The 18-hole golf course will be surrounded by 218 estates with the  size of the properties ranging from 4,700 square feet to 10,000 square feet. Panther National is not a cheap place to live; d epending on size and amenities, the properties will range in price from $3.5 million to $12 million.  Panther National has 125 reservations so far. 

It will be Thomas’ first time designing a golf course. Thomas stated that all he wants to do is learn as much as he can from his partner. He has said that golf course architecture fascinates him.  He will be learning from one of the best in the game and is prepared to take all his advice.

They’ve worked with Tesla Energy to install power wall backup systems throughout the estates. It is just a part of their aim to build an eco-friendly community. It will enable owners to include environmentally friendly items such as solar panels. Each estate has a two- or three-car garage with electric charging stations. All include a golf cart storage, an outdoor kitchen, and a private pool.

A state-of-the-art golf ball tracing technology, access to expert pros for teaching, golf simulators, a putting area, and world-class training facilities are among the additional features on the property. Panther National members will also have access to the club’s custom fitting facilities, as well as clubs from all of the main equipment manufacturers.

They see it as their responsibility to attempt to make this golf course a little different; to be a little more special, something that’s as intriguing and as attractive as possible.

Nicklaus and Thomas’ partnership is their first time designing a course together. Through his company Nicklaus Designs, Nicklaus has participated in the creation of over 420 golf courses across the world.

The two players have also discussed the looming threat of a Saudi golf league, which has recently returned in the news. The new golf league is attempting to entice some of the greatest names on the PGA Tour by offering guaranteed money and larger rewards.

Nicklaus doesnt think that something like this suits the game of golf.  According to him, golf in the United States and the PGA Tour are already in excellent shape. A Saudi league is just a complete abnormal situation that he doesn’t believe is good for the game.

He emphasised the PGA Tour’s significant charitable component, stating that they raise more money for charity than any other sports league.

Thomas, who confirmed his commitment to the PGA Tour this week isn’t attracted to the Saudi league. He has said that if he got just $15 winning the Masters he’d still be content. Obvioulsy the check is great but not the reason that he plays major championships.

Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas to create Florida golf community

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