From the Archives, 1988: Jack Nicklaus Opens Pawleys Plantation

Las fall golf’s all-time greatest player, Jack Nicklaus, returned to the Myrtle Beach area for the first time in three decades to visit his very first signature design along the Grand Strand at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, which “The Golden Bear” built and opened up 31 years ago. While the scenes and images from that day in 2018 were memorable, we’re pleased here to reminisce a bit on Mr. Nicklaus’ time here in 1988.

Thumbing through our picture archives, we uncovered some classic photos of Mr. Nicklaus’ behind-the-scenes work at the site that would ultimately lead to the unveiling of one of the South Strand’s premier tracks. Check out these random photos from the construction phase, as well as from Pawleys Plantation’s first official day of operation in 1988 where Mr. Nicklaus christening his new design by playing the first-ever round there.


Jack Nicklaus directing traffic on the site of what would become the par-3 13th Hole.
Mr. Nicklaus overseeing the work being done on the par-3 13th Hole.
Workers walking across the causeway connecting the 13th and 17th holes during its construction. This is looking back toward what is now the 17th green.
Jack Nicklaus hits a tee shot on Pawleys Plantation’s opening day in 1988.
A fellow golfer strikes a putt as Mr. Nicklaus and fans look on.
Jack Nicklaus sizing up his putt on the 12th green.
Jack Nicklaus strikes his putt as spectators look on.
Mr. Nicklaus stands on the tee of the famous par-3 13th Hole as he chats with spectators.
Jack Nicklaus lining up a putt at Pawleys Plantation.
Mr. Nicklaus hits a putt from just off the green as spectators try to will it into the hole.