What do you do if your Michael Jordan and you’re growing increasingly frustrated at the pace of play at your current club? Build your own.
Golf.com first reported back in February that the basketball legend is exploring the possibility of building his own private club in Florida. Jordan is currently a member at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, where he also owns a home. The report states that Jordan has already secured a plot of land in nearby Hobe Sound and that famed golf architect Tom Doak is MJ’s top choice to build the course.
“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.”
“He just steps up, hits, chews your ear off with smack talk and off he goes,” said another 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.”
Only Michael Jordan could get away with this. But let’s face it, when you’re Michael Jordan, you can pretty much do whatever you want. After all, he is arguably the greatest basketball player in history.
But is this really the best way to deal with slow play? Bear’s Club only has a few hundred members and with reported initiation fees of $90,000, the club hardly qualifies as overrun. Perhaps Jordan could just get the first tee time every morning? Seriously, who is going to say no to Michael Jordan? Plus, building your own private golf course costs millions of dollars and time. Not that Jordan doesn’t have both, but it still seems like the most extreme solution.
You know what would be really hilarious? A pairing of Michael Jordan and Ben Crane (a notoriously slow player). What hole would Crane be on while Jordan plays ahead and ultimately finishes his round? The seventh? Eighth?
If Jordan does follow through and builds his own super private course, then good for him. It’s his money and he can do what he wants with it. Plus, someone needs to take a stand against slow play. Why not Jordan? Hopefully though he has better luck as a golf course owner than as a basketball owner (oops).