Nicklaus Tops Star-studded Field in Orlando Father-Son Event

By: John Schwarb


When 73-year-old legend Jack Nicklaus steps to the tee in competition, it’s well worth noting. The Golden Bear doesn’t play much anymore, except in particularly special events.

The PNC Father-Son Challenge in December at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Grande Lakes, is one of those events.

Twenty teams of PGA Tour legends and their offspring are hitting Central Florida from Dec. 12-15, and for fans the PNC Father-Son is a great opportunity to see them up close.

To qualify, pros had to win a major or a Players Championship in their careers, and with that criteria comes an incredible field. There’s Nicklaus (playing with his son Jackie), Raymond Floyd (with his son Raymond Jr.), Hale Irwin (Steve), Lee Trevino (Daniel), Fuzzy Zoeller (with daughter Gretchen) and several other household names.

Altogether, there are 12 World Golf Hall of Famers out of the 20 pros, and the field has combined for 59 majors and 430 worldwide wins.

Sounds like more than enough reason to walk the fine Ritz-Carlton Golf Club fairways in December.

Tickets are $15 per day or $45 for the week, and can be purchased online at or by calling 407-272-7506. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

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