The Man of the People: Justin Timberlake, 28, giving a 'green' course back to his hometown of Memphis

The Man of the People: Justin Timberlake, 28, giving a ‘green’ course back to his hometown of Memphis

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“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.”

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