Recently, Phil Mickelson and his agent Steve Loy, along with his brother Tim and Arizona Valley developer Spike Lawrence announced they were looking to invest in another luxury golf course; this time Chandler, Arizona’s Ocotillo Golf Club. The 27-hole course will be the group’s eighth course in the area.
As many people know, the 46-year-old Mickelson operates an exclusive membership club, limited to 50 partners every year, simply known as Mickelson Private Golf. These private affiliates receive 200 round certificates annually, in which they can use at any of these Arizona courses including the McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, Goodyear’s Palm Valley Golf Club, and the Rim Golf Club in Payson. In addition, the list includes the Stone Canyon Club in Oro Valley, as well as the Golf Club at Chaparral Pines in Payson.
Phil Mickelson’s passion for investing and designing golf courses has helped him to prepare for life after his professional playing career, as he enters the twilight years of his illustrious run in the sport. Many people see him as a legendary golfer who has 42 PGA Tour wins under his belt – good for ninth in the all time list. However, not many know that Mickelson bagged his first PGA Tour title as a 20-year-old amateur, a feat Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth never accomplished.
Just last March Phil Mickelson barely made the cut at the Shell Houston Open after squeezing in at an even-par 144, 36-hole cut off. Lefty cruised his way into the third round of said tournament, an event Play Your Course, a website that pair pros and students in Houston, deems as one of the longest on the PGA tour. Three of the four top 10 ranked players competing, however, weren’t as fortunate. Some of the missing names include Henrik Stenson, who placed second in the same event last year, Adam Scott, who won it in 2007, and former number-one-ranked Jordan Spieth.
Of course looking at Phil Mickelson’s latest performances and finishes, he seems like he’s a far cry from his past self. Back in the day, the 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee was a true force to be reckoned with on the course. He won major events such as the Masters Tournament in 2004, 2006, and 2010, as well as the PGA and the Open Championships in 2005 and 2013, respectively.
Today, even though Mickelson, according to the Official World Golf Ranking, is sat at number 18 spot in the world, he still remains relevant in the sport in a bunch of ways other than competing with golf’s elite. One of those means is by wisely investing in Arizona golf courses.
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