The press release read,
“Construction of the new Mickelson National Golf Club near Calgary, Canada, is underway.
Mickelson’s firm is designing the course, which is being developed by the Windmill Golf Group. Once complete, the course will form the centrepiece of the new ‘Harmony’ community that is being developed by partners Qualico Communities and Bordeaux Developments.
“This announcement has been seven years in the making,” said Barry Ehlert, managing partner of Windmill Golf Group. “It’s a dream come true and to have Phil Mickelson and his team involved makes that wait absolutely worthwhile. At Mickelson National Golf Club, our goal is to set new standards in providing a vibrant and exciting golfing experience – we’re investing in creating Canada’s flagship club.”
Located in Rocky View County in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the course is set to open for play in 2017.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve begun work on a project we’re confident will be one of the outstanding courses in Canada,” said Mickelson. “The land and setting give us a great opportunity to create a versatile course that will both challenge the world’s best players and be great fun for amateurs of all levels.”
The site, which I visited in proximity last week, is awful – just barren farmland. To promote that it will become of the outstanding courses in Canada is pure marketing hype.