You may remember my post back in July about the opening of singer Justin Timberlake's eco-friendly, state-of-the-art Mirimichi golf course.
The Memphis-area course was the first in the country to be certified as a “classic sanctuary” by Audubon International and came to fruition because of the pop star's passion for golf, and life-long connection to the area. Mr. Timberlake and his family spent $16 million renovating Big Creek Golf Course - where he played as a child - to create it.
The summer and fall season were busy and the course received "warm" reviews but - ever the perfectionist - Justin has decided to close Mirimichi from Jan. 15 to July 17 in order to bring its greens, bunkers and drainage systems up to "world class" standards because he feels "the Memphis community deserves the best now". Originally improvements were planned to take place gradually over three years.
The goal of the January-through-July renovation... which will include a state-of-the-art Callaway Performance Center... is a championship caliber golf course where the pop-star-golf-perfectionist hopes to host a major event by 2020.
Most agree that this is a perilous time to make a major investment in golf and I really admire Justin Timberlake's commitment to the game, and his desire to do it right. To me the so-called "sexyback singer" is one of today's leading golf heroes.