Nicklaus visited the Ury Estate near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, five years ago and described it as a "beautiful piece of property".
The land was poised to become a Nicklaus Signature Golf Course but developers have faced several setbacks.
But now an application to build a golf course on the land has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.
David Fleming, a Stonehaven Community Council member, said: "This development is very welcome in Stonehaven.
"It is a great credit Mr Nicklaus has stuck with the town."