Michael Jordan had a love for basketball unlike any other. He understood the sport on a whole other level, which helped him become arguably the greatest player of all time. But basketball wasn’t the only sport he was trying a hand at. MJ had a brief stint in a baseball career as a nod to his late father. When it failed, Jordan returned to the NBA and managed to win another phenomenal 3-peat with the Chicago Bulls.
But that wasn’t all. Jordan was great at multiple sports and the world wasn’t aware of it at the time. Basketball wasn’t the only sport His Airness fell in love with. He has been a huge fan of golf for many decades now and it has been his go-to sport since retiring from the NBA.
In an interview with RSNG, Jordan revealed what golf meant to him. He said that the sport helped him achieve a level of seclusion and peace that he had never felt before.
That wasn’t all, his love for golf ran so deep that he admitted to playing almost every day of the week, and 36 holes per day! It speaks at length about how much he enjoys the sport, and how it helps his mindset.
The bizarre story behind Michael Jordan’s The Grove XXIII golf club
He has played at various golf clubs in the past, but his time at the La Gorce club in Miami might have been the worst. The 6x NBA champ was banned from the club after wearing cargo pants and refusing to change in the middle of the game. However, Jordan has never admitted that this was the reason, but one can only assume that it contributed to his decision to build his own golf course.
Jordan’s club goes by the name of ‘The Grove XXII.’ For those who don’t know, the Roman numerals are a nod to the Black Cat‘s legendary jersey number of 23. The 15,000-square-foot structure is located in Hobe Sound, South Florida.
The course was designed by renowned architect, Bobby Weed, who has designed some of the world’s most famous golf courses. Moreover, it cost the legend a whopping $15-20 million to build, according to Front Office Sports.
Per Boss Hunting, Don Wolfe, Principal at NBWW said, “We wanted the precision and flow of the golf swing as well as Michael’s athleticism and corporate finesse to inspire the contemporary form and detailing of the Clubhouse architecture.”
The club looks marvelous both on the inside and outside and it certainly is exactly up to Jordan’s high standards. It even features a sculpture of a Black Cat out on the front. Jordan was always one to spare no penny on his assets and his golf club is a clear indication of that.