Confidence is the most important single factor in this game.
Don't be too proud to take lessons. I'm not.
A Nicklaus Design golf course is done by the guys in my company that I work with, that have been trained in my vision, and they do what they think I might do. They might come in the office and ask me questions and I'd certainly answer their questions, but I'm not involved in the site visits or anything else.
See, as much as I love the game, golf was my vehicle to competition. And I love to compete.
He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I've ever seen.
People don't want to go to the dump and have a picnic, they want to go out to a beautiful place and enjoy their day. And so I think our job is to try to take the environment, take what the good Lord has given us, and expand upon it or enhance it, without destroying it.
Golf is a better game played downhill.
I first saw Arnold Palmer when I was just a kid and he came to Columbus to play in a tournament. I watched him on the driving range hit balls that day. We went on to become great friends.
Pete Dye introduced me to golf course design back in the 1960's. He came to my hometown Columbus, Ohio to work on The Golf Club.
All I ever wanted to do was play competitive golf against the best players in the world.
Naturally it is nice to be widely known for worthwhile achievements, but it forces you to do many things which you don't like to do and these things take up time you want for other things.
The Senior Tour is a good concept, although frankly I'm not astounded at its continued success. It gives a lot of guys an opportunity to extend their careers.
The best way to cope with trouble is to stay out of it as much as possible.
The long irons are the nemesis of the average golfer. I'm convinced that the underlying reason for this is that he keeps hearing how hard they are to handle. They're not that difficult, truly.
My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.
Public appearances are a headache. I hold mine down to a minimum.
The biggest rival I had in my career was me. I couldn't control Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson or Lee Trevino. The only person I could control was me.
But if I played well and prepared myself properly, then all I had to do was control myself and put myself in a position to win.
I learned early in my career, where you get so wrapped up and so excited, that all of a sudden you don't think. So I worked very hard to keep myself suppressed. And that's one of the reasons I wasn't gregarious with the gallery.
There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there's always a new place, always a new horizon.
Why are we building golf courses? Because we enjoy being outside, bringing man and nature together.