Justin Timberlakeâ€™s love for golf is sort of brand new â€śI started playing golf about 5 or 6 years ago while I was on tour, [after playing in] indoor arenas,â€ť he told PGATour.com in an interview. “I started getting cabin fever. My stage manager and my crew got me out on the golf course. [After] the first round, I was instantly hooked.â€ť
Now the singer, songwriter, producer and actor is going green on the green by Justin with his new golf course in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. The course opens this weekend, and Timberlake flushed $16 million making it the “greenest” golfing destination in the US.
Renamed Mirimichi Golf Course, the course was originally called Woodstock Hills — and was the first place Timberlake learned to hit a golf ball. Timberlake’s newest venture is the first project in the US to receive the Audubon International’s Classic Sanctuary certification. “So we thought it was such a landmark for the community, we’d scoop it and save it. And we did.”
“After we had the golf course, we said why don’t we refurbish it and make it even nicer for the community. Then I asked questions about what we could possibly do, and we found out we could actually make it a ‘green course,’” Timberlake said.
The course will feature irrigation systems that will maximize the use of rainwater, native landscaping and electric golf carts powered by solar panels.
“So when it’s finished this summer it will be a Platinum LEED certified green course. The first in the United States of America, so that’s pretty exciting that you could take all that land and make it eco-friendly.”
Courtesy of Ryan Christensen