Nicklaus: We Need More Children in Golf

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Potomac Shores new golf course has been christened by the golf icon who designed it.

Jack Nicklaus came to the new 18-hole, 72 par course at the end of Potomac Shores Parkway near Dumfries on Wednesday. The course has been in the works since 2001, but financial troubles from the previous property owner during the financial crisis delayed its opening until this month.

Nicklaus said he designed hilly course with a large residential course with the community in mind, and is one of 290 courses designed by Nicklaus. It is open to the public.

“My goal is to try to create an aesthetically pleasing course with good golf shots,” said Nicklaus.

Over the past decade, Nicklaus said he’s seen more golf courses closed than opened. But that is changing with the proliferation of more First Tee programs that aim to get more children involved in he game. In addition to good golf, the program teaches the nine core values of the game to include honesty, integrity, and respect.

“If you look at the patterns of kids today, parents are taking them all to parks. You can go to every park in this town and every other town and parents who were playing golf on the weekends are now at parks, and they’ve got their five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 year olds playing soccer and football,” said Nicklaus.

The pro player visited Congress before coming to Potomac Shores on Wednesday to promote First Tee programs and attracting youth to the sport.

The golf course officially opened to the public earlier this month.

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