Jack Nicklaus’ Company to Renovate Winnapaug Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus’ design firm, Nicklaus Design, has been tapped to renovate Westerly’s Winnapaug Golf Club, the company announced. 

Winnapaug will be Nicklaus’ first course in Rhode Island. 

“Nicklaus Design is excited that the Scolas are giving us the opportunity to work alongside The Donald Ross Society. This is not only our first course in Rhode Island, but is also our first foray in modernizing one of Donald Ross’ original courses.  It’s an honor to add Winnapaug to our worldwide portfolio of courses,” said Paul Stringer, President of Nicklaus Design.

According to the press release, the work on Winnapuag will begin in October and continue throughout the winter months for the next two or three years. 

In addition to the course, plans include a new clubhouse with a pro shop, restaurant and banquet hall and more. 

“The ultimate plan is to have and develop an all-inclusive facility that will provide a resort atmosphere to golfers and visitors, and will enhance the existing layout.  Our goal is to provide affordable, and a quality golf experience with the help of Nicklaus Design, featuring travel packages and course accommodations so everyone can enjoy the beautiful community Westerly and Rhode Island has to offer year-round,” said owner Nicholas Scola.

The 18-hole Par 72 Winnapaug Golf Club measures approximately 6,400 yards and provides amazing views of the Long Island and Block Island Sounds and the Atlantic Ocean.  

The restored course will offer an unparalleled golf experience for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

About Nicklaus Companies 

For 50 years, the mission of Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience and to deliver quality branded products and services on a global basis that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of its Founder, Jack Nicklaus. The Nicklaus Companies businesses include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of lifestyle products worldwide under the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created over 425 courses worldwide, open for play in 45 countries and 40 U.S. states.  In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to further the growth of the company and expand the branded businesses. In addition to institutionalizing the Nicklaus brands for the future, Milstein has instilled a personal philosophy of “A Brand That Gives Back,” with products and partners committing to donations to help the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and other charities. A leading entrepreneur in the golf industry, Milstein also created 8AM Golf, a family of companies that also includes GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com, Miura Golf, Club Conex, True Spec Golf and GolfLogix. All share a common mission to help players at all levels enjoy the game more.


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