A Trip Down Memory Lane: Jack Nicklaus Building and Opening Pawleys Plantation

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In fall 2018, the legendary Jack Nicklaus returned to the site of his very first signature design in the greater Myrtle Beach area: Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, which he built and opened up 31 years ago.

A stroll through our picture archives revealed some wonderful shots of Mr. Nicklaus’ behind-the-scenes work at the site that would ultimately produce one of the Waccamaw Golf Trail’s showcase tracks. Check out these assorted photos from the construction phase, as well as from Pawleys Plantation’s opening day in 1988 where Mr. Nicklaus christening his new design by playing the first-ever round there.

Jack Nicklaus directing traffic on the site of what would become the par-3 13th Hole.

Mr. Nicklaus overseeing the work being done on the par-3 13th Hole.

Workers walking across the causeway connecting the 13th and 17th holes during its construction. This is looking back toward what is now the 17th green.

Jack Nicklaus hits a tee shot on Pawleys Plantation’s opening day in 1988.

A fellow golfer strikes a putt as Mr. Nicklaus and fans look on.

Jack Nicklaus sizing up his putt on the 12th green.

Jack Nicklaus strikes his putt as spectators look on.

Mr. Nicklaus stands on the tee of the famous par-3 13th Hole as he chats with spectators.

Jack Nicklaus lining up a putt at Pawleys Plantation.

Mr. Nicklaus hits a putt from just off the green as spectators try to will it into the hole.

We hope you enjoyed these throwback pictures of Mr. Nicklaus at Pawleys Plantation. Want to play the course that Jack built? Click here to play this famous design!

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