GREENSBORO, GEORGIA | You wonder why he still does it. Two Thursdays ago, Jack Nicklaus, three months shy of his 80th birthday, was shooting geese in a bog in Canada where he bagged his limit before lunchtime. Then he hopped on Air Bear 1, his private Gulfstream, and flew here for the grand reopening of Great Waters, the course he originally designed and recently renovated for Reynolds Oconee, a lakeside community between Atlanta and Augusta. Far from making a ceremonial appearance, Jack got up with the sun that Friday and rode the course with the superintendent and several of his associates from Nicklaus Design, as well as his wife, Barbara. On almost every hole, Jack asked questions and made comments.
“This was a wonderful opportunity 27 years ago to do a wonderful golf course on a wonderful piece of property,” Jack said of Great Waters. “The Reynolds people had the vision to understand that with 90 miles of waterfront, a little bit of it could go to golf that would be well worth the investment. They gave us more water than we ev...
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