Jack Nicklaus during his appearance at Glen Abbey on Monday for the kickoff of the RBC Canadian Open was asked about scouting sites for a new Abbey-style course if ClubLink gets the go-ahead to develop the venue he was standing on. He said he is, sort of unofficially, but you be the judge.
We’re working on it, how’s that? It’s a work in progress. We are looking at property. I’ve been up here before looking at property and I’m trying to settle on something that may work out. Nothing has been officially signed or anything else.
Nicklaus was also asked if he’d ever had one of the courses he designed bulldozed to make room for a development.
Probably, but I’m not sure where. I would bet yes, but I don’t know. I can’t recall one, but there’s got to be one somewhere that somebody didn’t like what I did and just tore it down.
You can listen in on his chat with the media below.
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