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New St. Regis Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. puts Nicklaus course on hold

Plans for a Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the St. Regis Resort have been tabled by hotel officials. The decision came sometime last month.

Nicklaus originally agreed to build the course last summer. Plans were to revamp the old Oak Tree Country Club designed by Dick Wilson in 1959. The land was located about 20 minutes from the future hotel site. Nicklaus lives just 60 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, in North Palm Beach.

The hotel is still slated to open in December. Officials said the plans to add a course to the resort may be revisited in the future.

St. Regis officials declined to give TravelGolf.com a specific reason as to curbing plans, other than it was not currently in their best interest at this time.

The project was estimated to be about $10 million and include a new clubhouse, new routing for the course and new entrance. The course would have been Nicklaus' first in Broward County and the first destination course in Fort Lauderdale since 1999.

The hotel will feature 166 guest rooms including eight suites, a 17,000-square-foot spa offering health, fitness and beauty services as well as a sauna, steam, massage and other revitalizing services. The hotel will also have an 8,600-square-foot grand ballroom.

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