Feb
19
2015
Michael Jordan’s solution to slow play? Perhaps building his own course.
By Stephanie Wei under Golf Courses

If you’re a legendary former basketball player and you are fed up with your fancy club’s pace of play issues, what do you do? Build you own uber-exclusive, ritzy golf course in the area. Naturally.

Michael Jordan, who is a member at the Bears Club in Jupiter, Florida, along with seemingly half of the Tour, including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Camilo Villegas and Michelle Wie, is looking to do just that, according to a report from Golf.com.

“Michael likes to play fast and he can’t stand it when people won’t let him through,” said a golf-industry insider who knows Jordan and who has spoken with several Bear’s Club’s members. “That happens enough out there that he’s gotten fed up.”

Jordan has apparently secured an option on a plot of land in the Hobe Sound, just south of the exclusive Medalist Golf Club, where Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler are among the membership. Jordan’s vision is to commission a well-known course designer and invite a select number of “like-minded golf buffs” to join, according to Golf.com’s source.

“He’s going to keep it small, probably fewer than a hundred,” the source said. “Fellow athletes, buddies, and other people who come highly recommended.”

I’d like to hear the criteria for that third category.

It’s unclear whether the land can be used to build a golf course. Brad Faxon has looked at the same piece of property, and said it would be very difficult to build a course on the sandy soil and the spot lacks infrastructure. Reportedly, Greg Norman had his eye on it, as well, and went on “exploratory tours,” but then decided against using it for a “golf-related project.”

The report’s source added that Jordan’s first choice for an architect would be Tom Doak.

Jordan, who’s notorious for his big money games and propensity for shit-talking, also holds the reputation of playing super fast and has zero tolerance for those who can’t keep up.

“He just steps up, hits, chews your ear off with smack talk and off he goes,” said a source who has played with Jordan. “If he knows the guys he’s with, he will not even wait. He’ll drive up to the green as you’re back in the fairway hitting. And if it’s up to him, his foursome will finish in two-hours and 40 minutes.”

I dig his style.