Jack Nicklaus was born on January 21, 1940 at Columbus, Ohio. His father was Charlie Nicklaus, a pharmacist who was also good at playing tennis, football and golf. Nicklaus attended the Upper Arlington High School. At school he competed in baseball, track and field, tennis and football. He and his father Charles were big sports enthusiasts. So when his father joined Scioto Country Club, Nicklaus also followed enthusiastically.
At the age of 10, Nicklaus played his first nine holes and completed it in just 51 stokes. This made Club Pro Jack Grout take notice of this young talent. Soon he became Nicklaus’s full time coach and remained in that position for the rest of his career.At the age of 12, Nicklaus won his first Ohio State Junior Title. He went on to win the title for another four consecutive years making it five in a row. In 1953, he qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships as he dipped below 70-shot for the first time at the Scioto Country Club.