Jack Nicklaus Room

USGA Museum
Far Hills, NJ
Peter Hyde Design
Peter Hyde, Lead Exhibit Designer
James Silva, Senior Graphic Designer
Meredith Doby, Exhibit Designer
Fabricator and Production Manager
1220 Exhibits
Lighting Design
LUCE Group
RBH Multimedia
1,200 SF
Opened May 27, 2015

Exhibition Design, Graphic Design

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  • The United States Golf Association Museum dedicated its new champion room to American golf legend Jack Nicklaus on May 27, 2015 with exhibits that are focused on his long career accomplishments, his USGA successes and his many contributions to the game of golf including as a world renowned golf architect.

    Peter Hyde Design, in collaboration with 1220 Exhibits and the museum staff, developed the content direction and exhibit design with input from Barbara and Jack Nicklaus.

    The exhibit explores six attributes that led to Nicklaus’ four U.S. Open victories in 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980 and are interpreted through Jack’s own voice using quotes from his writings and original interviews. The attributes are Commitment, Competitive Spirit, Self-Belief, Integrity, Vision and Perseverance. Nicklaus considers these attributes crucial to his golfing success. His accomplishments are also celebrated with artifacts, interactive displays and commissioned art work including a sculpture and oil painting.

    The Jack Nicklaus Room was created as an addition to the historic mansion that houses the USGA Museum. It is the fifth room honoring one of golf’s greats. Upon entering the room visitors see Nicklaus’ portrait on the far wall and four stand-alone display cases, one for each U.S. Open victory. Each case holds an iconic club from that victory plus interactive displays, quotes, photos and mementoes.

    The walls are lined with six display cases, one for each attribute. Each case is headlined with a quote from Jack that pertains to the attribute displayed against a background photo of a significant golf course in his career. Each attribute is supported with supporting stories composed of images, artifacts and interactive displays. In addition there is one case for his U.S. Amateur and one for his U.S. Senior Open victories.

    The interactives include an original video interview with Jack, a mini-documentary, a timeline of Jack’s life and animated statistic info-graphics. You can also select questions to ask Jack such as his philosophy of how he prepared for U.S. Opens and a large touch screen interactive on Jack’s golf architecture design process.

    Overall the exhibit gives the visitor a clear impression, in his own words, what made Jack Nicklaus golf’s greatest major champion.

    USGA.org Jack Nicklaus Interview Video Link

    Indicated photos courtesy of WWW.USGA.ORG. All other photos by Peter Hyde.

  • Copyright USGA/Jonathan Kolbe
  • Copyright USGA/Jonathan Kolbe
  • Copyright USGA/Jonathan Kolbe
  • Copyright USGA/Jonathan Kolbe
  • Photo by Peter Hyde