The Reserve at Lake Keowee, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Sunset, S.C., hosted special guest Dick Grout, golf professional and author of Jack Grout: A Legacy in Golf, at a fireside chat in November. Conversation centered on Jack Grout’s relationship with his most famous student, Jack Nicklaus. Dick Grout, the son of Jack Grout, shared stories and photos about the pair.
Jack Grout: A Legacy in Golf tells the remarkable story of a middle-class Oklahoman who discovered golf at the age of 8, was teaching it to others by age 15, and who would travel the ragtag early PGA Tour in drafty automobiles with men who became legends of the game: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, and many others. Those tough days on the Tour led Jack Grout to a series of club-professional jobs, and, eventually, into the orbit of a husky 10-year-old named “Jackie” Nicklaus—the youngster who, under Grout’s tutelage for 39 years, became golf’s greatest champion and the man globally known as the Golden Bear.
Author Dick Grout is a second-generation PGA golf professional who has followed closely in his famous father’s footsteps. He is an accomplished player and teacher who specializes in the history and traditions of golf and has assisted a number of journalists in their writings about the extraordinary life of Jack Grout. Dick Grout lives in Sunset, S.C. and shares golf tales and tips on his blog, www.groutgolf.com.
The fireside chat was put on by The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Community Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life and sense of community for Reserve members, through environmental stewardship, education, the arts, and outreach.
Created in 2000 by Greenwood Communities and Resorts, The Reserve at Lake Keowee is an award-winning residential community that spans 3,900 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with 30 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee, 200-slip Marina, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and more than 1,400 acres of parks, preserves, trails, and green spaces highlight more than $100 million in completed family amenities. To learn more about The Reserve and its Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, please visit www.ReserveAtLakeKeowee.com.