Michael Jordan’s golf course, The Grove XXIII, features drones that drop off food and drinks to golfers, which is fitting for a course owned by a guy nicknamed Air Jordan.
Michael Jordan is the GOAT of golf course owners
Michael Jordan, the former six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, has spent his time running the Charlotte Hornets. He was rather busy, as he managed to acquire sharpshooter Gordon Hayward in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics and drafted LaMelo Ball with the third overall pick. As it turns out, when he’s not spending time owning the Hornets, he runs his own golf course.
Michael Jordan — by acclamation, is the greatest basketball player of all time. In the Fall of 2019, the former NBA player opened his very own golf club, named Grove XXIII, in South Florida. The name is derived from Jordan’s infamous career jersey number No. 23 he wore while playing with the Chicago Bulls.
A lover of the golf game for years, MJ has taken his passion for the sport to a whole other level, and finally, his long-anticipated 226-acre project is complete. And it came out beautifully with an ingenious double-helix layout. The course can be played in four nine + nine combinations, or played as shorter three- to six-hole loops. Don Wolfe, principal at NBWW was awarded the design contract.
In settling on the idea of starting his own golf club, the story goes that Jordan had grown weary of the rules and regulations –and culture of one of is golfing spots, the Medalist Golf Club in Jupiter. Deciding not to wait out the long process for recommending changes, the NBA great purchased a tract of land, hired golf course designer Bobby Weed to help with the project and when completed, Jordan invited some members. That’s the way billionaires do it.
Today, the sandy, grass-covered property which twists in an ingenious double-helix with routing that can be played in four nine + nine combinations, and in shorter three- to six-hole loops is turning heads in more ways than one. Jordan’s Grove XXIII private golf club has a few unique amenities and intergrates technology by replacing on-course staff with modernized drones to handle food and beverage deliveries straight to golfers during their round.
At Grove XXIII you won’t have to wonder where the cart girl/guy is with the snacks you crave, instead, drones fly out with members’ orders directly to them on the golf course.
Grove XXIII has golf carts that can drive up to 35 mph, caddies that drive scooters to set up a golfer’s next shot and a cigar roller inside the clubhouse. And to make things more impressive, whoever scores an eagle on the sixth hole (in commemoration of Jordan’s six Larry O’Brien trophies) will receive a special ring!
Michael Jordan’s new golf course in Florida, The Grove XXIII, is unique — and not just because it is owned by arguably the greatest NBA player of all time. One feature of it is very fitting for a course owned by a guy nicknamed Air Jordan. You can order food and drinks while playing at The Grove XXIII, and the items arrive via drone.
In a video former tennis star Caroline Wozniacki shared on Sunday, a drone is seen slowly lowering a brown paper bag full of beverages and snacks onto the course.
It’s clear that Jordan’s course combines both golf and technology The amenities don’t stop at robot’s delivering snacks and drinks, though. The golf carts at The Grove XXIII hit speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, caddies get their own scooters and there is a cigar roller on location.
There’s also the chance to take home a prize from Jordan. Anyone who eagles on the sixth hole gets a ring commemorating Jordan’s six championships. It’s like your own championship ring ceremony.
Rickie Fowler recently discussed the course to Golf.com saying, “The shorter you hit it, the wider it is, so the tees and pins are done every day, so the golf course can play as long as you want, but they set the back tees at roughly 7,000 or 7,100 yards, and MJ just plays the back tees.”
Don’t get your hopes up of playing The Grove XXIII, though. Not just anyone can stroll up to the course and play some afternoon golf. You need an invite to get into The Grove XXIII and there are less than 100 members at the course.