"I love this game. I learned it playing on a course in Memphis, Tenn., called Big Creek. It was the first place my dad taught me how to hit a ball. A couple years ago, my dad told me that the course was going to close and become a development. He said, 'What if we buy it?' I started laughing, but he wasn't. He was serious. I said, 'If you're serious, so am I. Let's do it.'
"The course was a landmark in the community; we had to save it. I've put my heart and soul into the project. We renamed it Mirimichi. We wanted to refurbish it. I asked some questions, and we found out we could make it a 'green' course the first course in the U.S. to be designated as a certified Audubon International Classic Sanctuary. It was important to try to reuse water, to zero out our ecological footprint.
"Before we opened this summer, we had three missions: Create an amazing sanctuary for the community, create an eco-friendly course, and create a public course [that would be] mentioned in the same sentence as Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black. This is one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of. It's an awesome feeling to give this course back to the community."