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Golf Australia Express : Issue 21
DREAM THE JT’s SEXY GREEN TRACK IF ONLY YOU COULD... LEGENDARYCOURSE architect Pete Dye— with his wife Alice and 300 helpers—turned an overgrown rocky wasteland along the Casa de Campo coral coastline into one of the most stunning golf Mirimichi Golf Club, Memphis, USA MIRIMICHI IS a place of happy retreat. Literally. And the Native American word now means even more in golf circles thanks to a game-changing course bearing the name. Mirimichi Golf Club offers a stunning layout with rolling grass mounds, meandering creeks and scenic vistas providing a natural ambience to create a haven for both golfer and nature. But before it became an ecological success story—topping the charts as one of the greenest of ‘green’ golf courses in 2010—this public access track found 15 minutes outside Memphis was in danger of being turned into a housing development just three years earlier. Enter international pop idol Justin Timberlake and Lynn and Paul Harless. In 2007 the trio formed a partnership and injected US$16 million to buy and renovate the former Big Creek Golf Course. It was Timberlake’s local course growing up and where he learned to play golf with his dad. The group saw more in the opportunity than simply rescuing a damned golf course—they also shared a vision that golf, nature and people could exist in harmony. With a fresh start and a new mission they embarked on a commitment to run a greener world-class golf course operation. Photography by Aidan Bradley