Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas have teamed up to launch an ultra-luxury golf community in Florida

Introducing the National Panther Club

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A golf legend and one of the PGA’s youngest stars are teaming up to create a luxury golf community in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Celebrity golfer Jack Nicklaus, 82, and 28-year-old PGA Tour star Justin Thomas start on Tuesday at the Panther National in Palm Beach Gardens. Golfers are designing a community of high-end properties surrounded by a championship golf course due to open in late 2023. It’s the first new golf course in the area in nearly two decades.

“It’s great to see golf grow here,” Nicklaus told CNBC. “We will use everything we can on these wetlands,” he added.

Check out the full interview with Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas as they discuss their latest business venture, the state of golf and the latest competitive threat to the PGA Tour:

Panther National will be spread over 400 acres, surrounded by a 2,400-acre conservation area. The complex will include 218 properties surrounding the 18-hole golf course. The properties will range in size from 4,700 square feet to 10,000 square feet. Living in Panther National isn’t going to be cheap. The properties will cost $3.5 million to $12 million depending on size and amenities.

So far, the Panther National has a 125 reservation. These are refundable deposits.

It will be Thomas’ first golf course design project. He said he was just trying to absorb as much of the legend as possible.

“I am fascinated by golf course engineering,” Thomas said. “I will learn from one of the best players in the game.” “I will sit and listen more than anything,” he added.

As part of their plans to create an eco-friendly community, they have partnered with Tesla Energy to provide power wall backup systems within the properties. This will allow owners to add green features such as solar panels. Each property has a garage for two or three cars with electric charging units, space for a golf cart, an outdoor kitchen and a private pool.

Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas on Tuesday laid the groundwork for the golf community they are designing together in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Some of the property’s other amenities will include the latest golf ball tracking technology, access to elite professionals for instruction, golf simulators, a playing room and world-class training facilities. Members will also have access to the facility of custom fixtures for Panther National and clubs stocked by all major equipment manufacturers.

“Our job is to try to make this golf course a little different, a little bit more special, something that is interesting and will attract people here… We want to create a successful mousetrap to attract mice,” Nicklaus said. .

The collaboration between Nicklaus and Thomas marks the first joint design of the course. Nicklaus has helped design more than 420 golf courses around the world through his company, Nicklaus Designs.

The golfers also addressed the growing threat to the Saudi golf league, which has recently resurfaced. The junior golf association is trying to attract some of the biggest stars of the PGA Tour with guaranteed money and bigger wallets.

“I don’t think such a thing belongs in golf – the whim of a 40-player ad agency,” Nicklaus said. “I suspect [PGA Tour Commissioner] Jay Monahan is doing a great job.”

Nicklaus said US and PGA Tour golf is in really good shape… “It’s basically a completely splintered state that I don’t think is healthy for a golf game.”

He noted the main charitable component of the PGA Tour and how they raise more charitable money than any other sports leagues.

“They have a goal,” Nicklaus said.

Thomas, who reaffirmed his loyalty to the PGA Tour this week, says for him it’s not about pulling out the big money that the Saudi League promises.

“If I win $15 and win a Masters title and a green jacket, I’ll be very happy and happy. You know, the check I’m going to get at the weekend isn’t the reason I’m playing major tournaments.”