Jack Nicklaus is now 78.
Time to slow down a bit, spend a little more time with wife Barbara and some of her philanthropic projects.
That’s the news from Jack, the latest, coming to us yesterday from The Nicklaus Companies.
Here’s what golf’s greatest living champion sent out from Golden Bear headquarters at the Golden Bear Plaza in North Palm Beach:
“I have spent my life building the Nicklaus Companies, and there has come a time in my life when I need to reduce my level of involvement and pursue many other things I am very interested in, such as charity work — specifically focused on children’s healthcare — supporting the industry’s initiatives to grow this great game, and being involved in many other things outside of my involvement in the Nicklaus Companies.”
“I am 78 years old and while my health is excellent, and I have a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, it became apparent by last fall that it was time for me to spend more time on these other activities. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, and there is no reason for me to do so because I will continue to support the Nicklaus Companies and I want the company to be successful. However, my life has changed and I wish to support my wife, as well as other family members, in any endeavor they are involved. I have said many times that Barbara spent much of her life supporting me and my career, and for the last year years, I have tried to dedicate my time and energies to supporting her ad what she is involved in. I am enjoying that aspect and want to continue to devote my time to her and these other life-changing efforts, and to enjoy our lives together.”
Nicklaus design is still one of golf’s premier golf course design companies. Jack Nicklaus II is now in charge there with plenty of support from his dad.
Jack and Barbara have become very active with philanthropic endeavors, children’s healthcare in particular.