On July 12, The Royal Burgh of St. Andrews Community Council make Jack Nicklaus an Jack Nicklaus as an honorary citizen of St. Andrews, Scotland. It was there that he won two of his three Open titles at St. Andrews. The Old Course is also where Nicklaus chose to compete in his final major championship in 2005.
The honor has only been awarded to two other American citizens. The second was in 1958 with Nicklaus’ boyhood golfing idol, Bobby Jones. In 1759, the council honored U.S. founding father Benjamin Franklin.
Nicklaus is in attendance for the planned public ceremony where he will receive a scroll to mark the occasion. The festivities will begin with a tribute by noted St. Andrews golfer John Devlin on behalf of the town.
The Nicklaus Companies’ businesses include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of products worldwide under the Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. The company is responsible for the design of over 430 courses.
The brand is now partnered with Howard Milstein’s golf brands, including 8AM Golf and the family of companies that also includes GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com, Miura Golf, GolfLogix, Club Conex, True Spec Golf, Fairway Jockey, and Chirp. In May 2022, the company appointed Phil Cotton as Chief Executive Officer. Phil will work closely with business heads Andy O’Brien, President of Nicklaus Brands, and Paul Stringer, President of Nicklaus Design.