Saturday, March 21

Jack Nicklaus Is Designing Eco-Friendly Golf Paradise

Jack Nicklaus is turning an island into a golf resort.
(Image: 5W PR)

ISLA VIVEROS PLANS TO BE one of the world’s next top golf destinations, offering residents and travelers an 18-hole, eco-friendly signature course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Purchased by Grupo Viveros in 2001, Isla Viveros is a small uninhabited island with tropical beaches and lush jungle off the coast of Panama.

The Nicklaus Signature design is an “eco-sensitive layout” to preserve the island’s natural elements. He says four holes will be completed for play by May 2009.

Funded with $300 million of investment capital, the Viveros Resort and properties have an ambitious goal: to be the world’s premier five-star resort development.


A bevy of golf products, services, destinations, events, news and more. Endorsement is not implied.

• Orlando’s Lake Buena Vista Village Resort & Spa was recently named to Expedia’s annual list of the world's best hotels. Located within a 15 minute drive to 30 golf courses, the resort features an international spa, two on-site casual dining restaurants, and a new 25,000-square-foot aquatic center. The resort property includes four buildings with a total of 478 condo units.

• Local Qualifying Events for the Third Annual McGladrey Team Championship will be conducted throughout all 41 PGA sections from now through September. The championship culminates with the National Championship (featuring 41 four-member PGA Section champion teams) on October 26-28 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort. For more information, visit

Charles Barkley will reveal his golf “hit list” (friends who have made fun of his golf game) on the next episode of The Haney Project, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on GOLF CHANNEL.

Bag Boy has introduced the Navigator 2, an advanced electric walking cart equipped with a newly patented Gyroscopic navigation system. The new 2009 Navigator 2 is 6” shorter in length than the original Navigator and takes up 20% less space when folded.

Fuzzy Zoeller will play in his final Masters 30 years after winning his Green Jacket.

Author Gary Graf has written And God Said, “Tee It Up!” — Amusing and Thought-Provoking Parallels Between the Bible and Golf.

Author Tom Coyne has written A COURSE CALLED IRELAND: A Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee, the stories of his epic quest to play the world’s greatest round of golf, one pint at time.

−The Armchair Golfer

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