On July 12, 1996, officials from The Ohio State University and the Jack Nicklaus Private Operating Foundation, Inc. (a not-for-profit organization) announced plans for an 18,000 square-foot museum-like structure to be located just west of Olentangy River Rd. in the area between the Schottenstein Center and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The educational and historical facility will house an assortment of memorabilia collected by Nicklaus during his brilliant career, including trophies, photographs and various momentos from many of his unparalleled 20 major championships an 100 worldwide tournament victories.
“Jack Nicklaus is arguably the greatest golfer ever to play the game, a true icon in the golf and sports world, and we are delighted that his museum will be on our campus and part of our athletic complex,” said Ohio State Director of Athletics Andy Geiger. “Its presence affirms the relationship between Jack and the University and adds to an area that I believe will become one of the most comprehensive and exciting athletic complexes in the country.” Nicklaus, who led the Buckeyes to Big Ten team titles in 1960 and ’61and won the individual title in 1961 as a junior, was elated by the announcement.
“I want to express my appreciation to The Ohio State University, the city of Columbus and its surrounding communities and the people of Ohio for inviting us onto their campus,” he said. “I can’t think of any place which better encompasses my life than the site they have set aside for us . . . To now have a Jack Nicklaus Museum is both humbling and exciting.”