Windmill Golf Group

Windmill Golf Group
Phil Mickelson Design

Phil Mickelson Design

September 16, 2014 09:00 ET

Phil Mickelson Design Begins Work on First Canadian Course

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - Phil Mickelson Design (PMD) has been signed to create a championship golf course for a spectacular planned community west of Calgary in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Barry Ehlert, Managing Partner of Windmill Golf Group, is developing Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada as a centerpiece of Harmony, a 1,700-acre community built by partners Qualico Communities and Bordeaux Developments.

Ehlert will discuss the project in a 10 a.m. MST press conference Tuesday, September 16th at The Hamptons Golf Club in Calgary. Mickelson is preparing for the Ryder Cup and unable to attend, but will be represented by his longtime manager, Steve Loy, President, Lagardère Unlimited Golf, who has been closely involved in Mickelson's four other course design projects in the U.S. and China.

"I could not be more excited about the partnership we've formed for my first signature golf course in Canada," said Mickelson. "The Calgary area has a huge number of golf fans and players and we plan to create an outstanding golf course - one that's both fun for amateurs and challenging enough to host the world's best players in a PGA Tour event."

The gently rolling foothills will be transformed, with shaping reflective of the mountains, water features and sensational landscaping to accentuate the golf course design. It also will be true to the guiding principles of the community: purposeful, caring and stable. That is, complementing the fabric of family-oriented community, ensuring sustainability and honoring the legacy of the Copithorne family, which settled the land more than a century ago.

"Harmony presents a tremendous new opportunity for us," said Mickelson. "Our setting is magnificent and I'm really looking forward to contributing to a quality, family-oriented community."

Mickelson's first design was Whisper Rock in Scottsdale, AZ. PMD recently completed successful projects in Kunming and Shanghai, China, and has ambitious plans for the renovation of Torrey Pines North, home of the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

The design process is in progress with the groundbreaking planned for this fall and full construction taking place in 2015.

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