This Week in ClubCorp History - July 24, 1998
July 24, 1998 – ClubCorp and Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear International Announce a Joint Venture to build three golf course products: The joint venture's first project is The Golden Bear Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas, near Kansas City, with groundbreaking anticipated to take place the following fall. The club opens in 2001.
The two additional projects are "The Bear's Best" courses, which will consist of 18 holes selected by Nicklaus from among the 160 courses designed worldwide by Nicklaus Design. Each project features a different 18-hole selection, depending upon the location, climate and terrain.
"I personally will be involved in the selection of holes because nobody knows these courses like I do," Jack Nicklaus says at the time. "The venture with Robert Dedman and ClubCorp is a great fit between our two companies."