Michael Jordan’s golf course has pros trembling with fear, per Rickie Fowler
“Slaughterhouse 23.” It sounds more like a road-side barbecue joint, but the title has become a nickname for the golf course operated by NBA legend Michael Jordan, according to PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler.
“It’s his golf course, so it’s set up very well for him … It’s almost the shorter you hit it, the wider it is,” Fowler revealed on the Subpar podcast. “The tees and pins are done every day, so the golf course basically sets up around him — they can play as long as you want but they set the back tees at roughly, you know, 7,000 to 7,100 (yards) and MJ plays the back tees wherever they set them.”
Jordan’s course is officially named The Grove XXIII, located in Hobe Sound, Florida.
Jordan, a golf enthusiast (and wagerer), has unsurprisingly designed his golf course to match his game. Fowler said Jordan, 57, can hit mash driver almost all the course’s par fours and fives, which helps him compete against some of the big-hitters he invites to play.
“If I want to hit driver, I have to kind of put it into a little bit of a tighter spot,” Fowler added about the NBA legend’s course. “I can obviously play back if I want, but that becomes a little bit of a disadvantage, especially if it’s a hole where he’s getting a stroke. He’s great with wedges in his hands, around the greens, and as a bunker player. He’ll putt anyone straight up.”
“If I’m giving him a shot, I can’t then play from the same spot he is when he’s laying zero.”
All of this sounds extremely on-brand for Michael Jordan, the notoriously unrivaled competitor.