Phil Mickelson to build Calgary golf course that could be 8,000 yards long
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Phil Mickelson to build Calgary golf course that could be 8,000 yards long

Phil Mickelson will be designing a new golf course in Calgary that could be as long as 8,000 yards.

At a Tuesday news conference, Mickelson will be revealed as designer of a course near the Springbank airport, initially called the Copithorne Club. The 240-acre property will be developed with Mickelson's vision for a course that aims to attract the RBC Canadian Open. Mickelson takes over for Canadian Stephen Ames and Johnny Miller, who were originally slated to collaborate on the design. The course is slated to open in 2017.

According to the Calgary Sun, owner Barry Ehlert has courted Mickelson for the job for some six months. Initiation fees for the club will run about $40,000, including access to a handful of other Ehlert-owned courses in the area. The report suggests the course could be anywhere from 7,800-8,000 yards in length from the championship tees.

The course is the sixth for Mickelson's design firm, which has been involved with the renovation of Torrey Pines' North course, Whisper Rock in Scottsdale, La Jolla Country Club in California and a pair of Chinese courses. He's been intimately involved in the entire process of all of his projects, limiting his work to focus on all details.

Golf Canada has only selected a host course for the Canadian Open, Glen Abbey, through 2015. Mickelson hasn't played in the event since 2004.

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