Do you know the story about Jack Nicklaus’ green jacket? The real story, that is?
No matter how big a fan you may be, the great thing about golf is that there’s always more to the story, the event or the golfer themselves. That’s what the World Golf Hall of Fame loves to give its visitors … the real stories – and new ones – about its members.
Through December of this year, guests can learn the story of Nicklaus’ green jacket and much more from “Jack Nicklaus: Golf’s Golden Champion,” the World Golf Hall of Fame’s latest in a series of member-focused exhibitions. The exhibit focuses on Nicklaus’ extensive career and storied life and tells his stories through a comprehensive collection of personal and professional memorabilia, photographs and video, as well as featured artifacts on a rotating basis. The full exhibition was created in collaboration with the Jack Nicklaus Museum and Ohio State University in addition to the support of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Companies.
Five themes throughout the exhibition tell Nicklaus’ story:
Golf’s Greatest Champion chronicles Nicklaus’ golf life, beginning at age 10—the year he first picked up a golf club and carded a 51 in the first nine holes he ever played—through present day. Throughout the exhibit, guests can see items from his youth and storied amateur career, extended through the greatest professional career to date. The exhibition features trophies, his first paycheck, medals, awards, clothing and more.
The Golden Circle takes visitors through Nicklaus’ past, from the impact of his family and his upbringing to his present family life as a husband, father and grandfather. The section holds personalized correspondence from significant friends and also shows the vital role Nicklaus’ wife, Barbara, his children and grandchildren have played—from the Nicklaus’ 1960 wedding invitation to the Father of the Year Award from 1970.
A Gentle Bear tells of both Jack and Barbara Nicklaus’ devotion to a number of charitable causes, including the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and the support of the Columbus Childrens Hospital through the Memorial Tournament, the prestigious PGA TOUR event Nicklaus founded and hosts annually outside Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Nicklaus has given back to the game through providing golf course renovations and re-designs for $1, showing his tremendous commitment to the game.
Jack of All Trades reveals Nicklaus’ contribution in golf outside of his individual playing career. His involvement with The Ryder Cup, Memorial Tournament and The Presidents Cup are represented through memorabilia including his 1983 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain’s trophy, his Presidents Cup U.S. Captain’s clipboard from 1998 with scoring sheets, his 2003 Presidents Cup Captain’s blazer, and his golf bag and final-day outfit from the 2007 matches.
A Call to the Wild speaks to Nicklaus’ outdoor passions other than golf. The exhibit captures his enthusiasm for fishing, with a variety of mementoes, including a scale model of Nicklaus’ fishing boat, “Sea Bear,” and a selection of awards including his 1976 Bahamas Bonefish Bonanza trophy.
The exhibition has been extraordinarily received by the Hall of Fame’s guests, confirmed by a guest book at the end of the exhibit – already almost completely filled with comments to Nicklaus – which will go to Nicklaus himself upon the closing of the exhibition. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn even more about one of golf’s all-time greatest legends.
(…and, by the way, Nicklaus never had his own green jacket while he won his six Masters Tournaments! You can find out why when you see the exhibit!)