Planet Jack – Jack Nicklaus and The Golf Channel Span The Globe

golf-channel-newsPlanet Jack is a first-class seat on the ultimate road trip – a  12-day, eight-country, 25,000-mile journey with Hall-of-Famer Jack Nicklaus.

The two-part, GOLF CHANNEL special airing Monday and Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET will treat viewers to an intimate look into Nicklaus’ business life and show how he is giving back to the game he loves.

Filmed in high definition, Planet Jack will give viewers unprecedented access on a business trip Nicklaus and his design team took to visit several golf courses currently in development around the world.

“I love designing golf courses,” said Nicklaus in the special.  “I love being
involved in the growth of the game and entering new markets.”

Monday’s show will follow Nicklaus and his design team on the first leg of their trip, which takes them from his North Palm Beach, Fla., home to development projects in Japan, South Korea, India and China.

In the show, Nicklaus makes a special trip to China’s Mission Hills Golf Club where, in 1994, he designed the first of their 12 golf courses.  There, he receives a lifetime achievement award and also reflects on his relationship with his father and his rededication to golf after his father’s passing.

Tuesday’s episode will feature Nicklaus’ visit to the Seychelles Islands for a day of relaxation and fly fishing.  Nicklaus and son, Jack II, will discuss their shared experience at the 1986 Masters, where the Golden Bear won his record 18th major championship.

The next stop will take the team to the Republic of Mauritius, an island nation off the coast of Africa, to survey land for a prospective golf course.

Before arriving at their final stop in South Africa – where he worked on two golf courses under construction – Nicklaus will already have begun laying out the plans for the golf course in Mauritius.

The episode will conclude with the 18-hour journey back to Florida, just in time for his standing tennis match.

Nicklaus Design, a global golf course design firm founded by Nicklaus, has 341 golf courses open for play in 34 countries and 39 states.  Among those courses, Nicklaus has directly been involved in the development of 273.  With more than 80 percent of his designed courses overseas, Nicklaus logs more than 500 travel hours a year with his design team in helping to grow the game of golf.