Jack Nicklaus Legacy Course opens at Florida State University

The Seminole Legacy Golf Club at Florida State University Announces March 10 Opening Date

TALLAHASSEE (Mar. 7, 2020) – Seminole Legacy Golf Club at Florida State University, the new Jack Nicklaus Legacy Course that will serve as home to the Seminole men’s and women’s golf teams, announces an official opening date of March 10, 2020. Built on the site of the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course, Seminole Legacy Golf Club is set to be one of the premier courses on the collegiate golf circuit and in the state.

A Jack Nicklaus Legacy Course represents a design collaboration between golf icon Jack Nicklaus, and his talented son, Jack Nicklaus II. Jack II, who has served as President of Nicklaus Design and is now Vice-Chairman of the Nicklaus Companies, took the design lead on the re-imagining of the FSU golf course. This is the first Jack Nicklaus Legacy Course to open in North America.

“The Nicklaus Family has a lot of history at Florida State,” said Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major championships and designer of close to 310 courses worldwide. “My son Steve played football there, we have six grandchildren who went to FSU, including three of Jack II’s. We also have a grandson, Nick O’Leary, who was an All-American and won a national title there. So when given the opportunity to leave a legacy of golf at the university, we were honored.

“The canvas we were presented is a gorgeous one, with lots of movement, elevation changes and beautiful mature trees. It was then our job to unlock the property and provide FSU with the best golf course possible. My son Jack II and I have collaborated on a couple dozen golf courses, but he took the lead on the FSU design. I was certainly involved and offered many suggestions when appropriate or needed. In all, the entire Nicklaus Design team did a terrific job. More importantly, we hope the university, the FSU golf program, the alumni, and the Tallahassee community are proud of the end result.”

Jack II followed closely in his father’s footsteps in many ways. Like his father, an NCAA Champion at Ohio State, Jack II was a collegiate star at the University of North Carolina. He won the prestigious North & South Amateur at Pinehurst in 1985—26 years after his father won the title. Jack II eventually followed his father’s path to golf course design, and now both are respected members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

“I am so proud and excited about the Seminole Legacy Golf Club, as we hand over this great golf course to Florida State University,” Jack II said. “Our team at Nicklaus Design collaborated closely with golf coaches, Amy Bond and Trey Jones. Together, I believe, we have created something special. Our golf course is flexible—to be enjoyed by all levels of golfers. FSU now has a championship golf course that complements its talented men’s and women’s golf teams, as well as a product that complements a great University. Fun golf strategy with risk/reward; beautiful views; and a walk through nature, highlighted with majestic live oak trees and inviting contours. That is the experience at the Seminole Legacy Golf Club. Once played, the reaction I hope for is, ‘I can’t wait to play Seminole Legacy again!’ ”

The comprehensive multi-million-dollar golf course renovation and redesign included reconfiguration and rebuilding of all 18 holes, a new short course and practice facility and the addition of a new lake alongside the 8th hole. The par-72, 18-hole golf course, stretching 7,800 yards and offering up to eight sets of tees, presents a stern test for lower-handicap players with a variety of strategic shot-making opportunities but also an enjoyable round for the beginning golfer playing from the appropriate tee. 

“We are so excited to finally be opening the course and the club to the public,” said Jaxon Hardy, general manager. “Our Founders and Inside the Ropes members have been playing since early January and we’ve received nothing but rave reviews. I am certain the course will bring additional prestige to the University and the school’s golf program, and provide an outstanding golf facility to the community.”

ClubLife Management – a full-service management division sponsored by ClubCorp – was brought on board in 2019 to oversee the launch and subsequent operations of the Seminole Legacy Golf Club. The membership club will cater to FSU students, FSU faculty and staff, and all golf enthusiasts seeking a new and unique experience.  Additional amenities include The Burr Family Renegade Grill™, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, a fully stocked golf pro shop, and on-site PGA-certified staff, who can assist players of all ages and abilities.


To find out more about the variety of memberships designed for Florida State University students, faculty, staff and golf enthusiasts, contact Lori Wilkey at 850.645.7228 or .


About ClubLife Management

ClubLife Management, an affiliate of ClubCorp, provides full-service management and management consulting to private clubs, premier resort and daily-fee golf courses, and city clubs. Services, with a hands-on focus and a dedicated team of senior executives, include access to ClubCorp’s supplier purchasing power, leading technology platform and cutting-edge digital marketing. ClubLife Management clients include River Run Country Club (Davidson, NC); Engineers Country Club (Roslyn, NY); Crystal Lake Country Club (Crystal Lake, IL) and Waterfall Club (Clayton, GA).  In addition, members can enjoy access to a worldwide network of over 300+ country clubs, city and stadium clubs. To request services or find out more about ClubLife Management, visit www.clublifemanagement.com or contact Billy Knight at 678.859.5497 or .


About ClubCorp

Since its founding in 1957, Dallas-based ClubCorp has operated with the central purpose of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives®. ClubCorp is a leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs and city business clubs in North America. ClubCorp owns or operates a portfolio of over 200 golf and country clubs, city clubs, sports clubs, and alumni clubs in 27 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries that serve over 430,000 members, with approximately 20,000 peak-season employees. ClubCorp properties include: Firestone Country Club (Akron, Ohio); Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage, California); The Woodlands Country Club (The Woodlands, Texas); Capital Club Beijing; and The Metropolitan in Chicago. You can find ClubCorp on Facebook at facebook.com/clubcorp and on Twitter at @ClubCorp.

About Nicklaus Design and the Nicklaus Companies

For 50 years, the mission of Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience and to deliver quality branded products and services on a global basis that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of its Founder, Jack Nicklaus. The Nicklaus Companies businesses include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of lifestyle products worldwide under the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created over 420 courses worldwide, open for play in 45 countries and 40 U.S states. In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to further the growth of the company and expand the branded businesses. In addition to institutionalizing the Nicklaus brands for the future, Milstein has instilled a personal philosophy of “A Brand That Gives Back” with products and partners committing to donations to help the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and other charities. A leading entrepreneur in the golf industry, Milstein also created 8AM Golf, a family of companies that also includes GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com, Miura Golf, Club Conex, True Spec Golf and GolfLogix. All share a common mission to help players at all levels enjoy the game more.

We leverage our winning heritage to achieve excellence, foster growth and champion social good. We activate modern strategies and techniques to enhance our customers’ lives and match the high standards set in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus.

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