Nicklaus Design, the global golf course design firm founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, is widely regarded as the world's leading design firm. Jack Nicklaus has been involved in the design of 298 courses. At least 70 Nicklaus Design courses have been ranked by major industry publications like Golf Digest, Golfweek, GOLF Magazine and Travel & Leisure Golf, in various national or international Top-100 lists. Nicklaus Design currently has more than 57 golf courses under development spread across 19 different countries. Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed The Golden Bear, is a retired American professional golfer. Along with Tiger Woods, he is widely regarded as one of the two greatest golfers of all time, winning a record 18 career major championships.