"Lefty" Dream Course Opens in Calgary
With 5 majors and 44 PGA tournament titles to his name, Phil Mickelson, the famous left hand American golf professional has just opened his first course in Calgary, Canada, cowboy capital of Alberta!
While rather new to the golf course design game, Mickelson designed this Canadian beauty over 4 years and has allowed his name to be used – the new course name Mickelson National. Click here for the opening day presentation.
Cowboys infamous in this area, are the historic ranchers of Alberta and this new course has been designed on what was ranch land. A 4 year construction period saw a dramatic transformation of relatively flat land into a championship course with many challenging elevation changes. It has already been hailed for its brilliant routing, water features and sensational landscaping, designed to reflect the nearby Rocky Mountains. Some initial reviews even called Mickelson National, an ‘adventure for thrill seekers’?
The design and club are inviting camaraderie and playful fellowship on this course that asks for creative shot making – much like what Mickelson has become famous for. There are 18-multi tee complexes around some majestic landscapes, wide open fairways, prairie vistas, and neighbouring residential blocks.
Phil’s first course design was in Arizona, Whisper Rock opening in 2001. This 240 acre beauty some 19 years later may well be his best – dream of all that Canada has to offer and make sure a visit to Calgary to play Mickelson National is on your bucket list.
Final word goes to Phil – see what his take was during the design and construction process, click here.