A Special Message From CEO John Reese

Jack Nicklaus once said that one of the most important decisions a golfer can make is picking the right partner.  In 2007, the Golden Bear selected Howard Milstein as his partner with two important goals:

  1. Institutionalize the Nicklaus brands to last for generations beyond Jack’s lifetime.
  2. Add to the Jack Nicklaus legacy through the Nicklaus Companies and its two core businesses in Golf Course Design and Marketing.

While Howard Milstein has built vast real estate and financial institutions over his own lifetime, the avid golfer and serial entrepreneur admitted that his partnership with the 18-time Major Champion carried historic significance:  “I cannot imagine a greater responsibility nor higher compliment than being entrusted with Jack’s name and adding to his truly ‘Golden’ legacy.”

Over 50 years, the Nicklaus Companies has developed the world’s most successful golf course design firm and built the Jack Nicklaus brand into a lifestyle collection of products generating over $250 million in sales around the world. 

Nicklaus Design features eight course designers currently working on 40 projects including new courses as well as golf course renovations for private, resort, and public facilities. In total, there are 423 Nicklaus courses in 45 countries, and over 1,000 significant amateur or pro tournaments have been staged on Nicklaus Design courses.  Today, the focus of design includes dramatically expanded services including construction management for turnkey operations as well as Nicklaus branding for premier new real estate developments to drive premium economic return for Nicklaus clients.

Jack once said, “if you want to make money, you should partner with Howard Milstein.” Howard Milstein responded with, “my job is to help my partners succeed.”

John Reese – CEO

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