Michael Jordan might build his own golf course because mortals play too slow

21.02.2015 15:28

Ever since his dunking days, one of NBA
legend Michael Jordan's greatest passions has
been playing golf. Sometimes, he gets into
beefs with U.S. President Barack Obama over
the game; other times, he casually double-
fists cigars while watching the world's best.
Now, Jordan is reportedly considering building
a private, hyper-exclusive Florida course of his
own. One apparent reason? People at the
country club he belongs to just play too damnGolf.com cited "several sources with ties to
Jordan" in its report, which says he is
"exploring the possibility of building his own
private club in Florida, an exclusive retreat
with a tiny membership hand-picked by His
Airness himself."
One source told the leading golf site that
“Michael likes to play fast, and he can’t stand
it when people won’t let him through. That
happens enough out there [at his current club]
that he’s gotten fed up.”
Jordan's tenacious competitive drive defined
him on the basketball court. In retirement, it
sounds like the 52-year-old takes only a
slightly mellower approach to golf.
An anonymous Golf.com source described his
playing style on the links as such: “He just
steps up, hits, chews your ear off with smack
talk and off he goes. 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.”
Jordan has reportedly already scouted a site
for his new course, and has one of the world's
top golf-course architects in mind to design it.
His current country club isn't exactly a public-
access course, either: It reportedly has
initiation fees of $90,000 and only a few
hundred members, including golf pros Rory
McIlroy, Ernie Els and Michelle Wie.
But there are levels of exclusivity, and if
Jordan is feeling dissatisfied there, he's one of
the world's few people with the money and
juice to simply build his own extra-exclusive
Of course, more than anything, all of this
raises one simple question: Who wouldn't let
His Airness play through?