Cornish course was Jack's first UK design - 25 years ago

Andy Hiseman
Wed, 19 Jun 2013

What about its playability?

NICKLAUS: It’s a golf course where each individual hole is pretty darn good. They might be in a unique location but I think the golf course turned out to be really good from a playability perspective.
 
It was a strong golf course when it first opened and I have always been very proud of taking the site given to me and turning into something that has now hosted at least a dozen professional tournaments and significant events. Hole for hole it turned out to be very good - a strong test of golf.

St. Mellion International Resort was nominated among England’s leading golf resort and hopefully the experience we created was among the reasons for that.
 
From where we began to the fact we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of an English success gives me a great deal of pride.
 
 Where does the Nicklaus course at St Mellion rate among the courses you have created worldwide?
 
NICKLAUS: You can't really answer that. It's like asking 'who's your favourite child?' It's like asking me to rate my children.  I would never do that.
 
I will only say that I believe St. Mellion, as a test of golf, as a design, and looking at each individual hole and its beauty ranks the golf course very highly.
 
When did you get to play the course?
 
NICKLAUS: I've not been able to get back often since Tom, Nick, Sandy and I played that opening exhibition [in pouring rain] in 1988 but I know the team at St. Mellion has nurtured the course, taken great care of it and have been able to maintain its position as one of the most recognized and popular courses in the UK.
 
It was my first design opportunity in the UK and because of that and the success of our collaborative effort, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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