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Jack Nicklaus chips onto the second green at Verandah's new Whispering Oak golf course Monday in Fort Myers. The course was co-designed by Nicklaus and his son, Jack II. The Nicklauses attended a grand opening ceremony, then played the course.

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Jack Nicklaus chips onto the second green at Verandah's new Whispering Oak golf course Monday in Fort Myers. The course was co-designed by Nicklaus and his son, Jack II. The Nicklauses attended a grand opening ceremony, then played the course.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Jack Nicklaus is trying something new to get more people to play golf. He is holding events at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in which the cup will be twice as large and the tournaments only will be 12 holes.

Nicklaus is concerned that fewer people are playing golf. He says it's important to think beyond the traditional rules and try something different to make the game more appealing.

As part of the Labor Day activities at Muirfield Village, Nicklaus will host 12-hole tournaments in which the hole will be 8 inches in diameter instead of the traditional 4¼ inches. To encourage faster play, participants are required to complete the round in 2½ hours. They will be penalized one stroke for every five minutes over the allotted time.

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