GROVE XXIII

About This Project

The personal golf course of basketball legend Michael Jordan, Grove XXIII sits on a former citrus grove adjacent to Atlantic Ridge State Park. The crumpled, low-profile contours, wispy native broomsedge and laurel oak tree clusters provide a distinctive texture to the terrain. The two nines encircle the site in opposing clockwise/counterclockwise rotations, with the ever visible clubhouse serving as a beacon in the background. The innovative routing also features a unique ‘crossover’ at the 5th and 14th tees, where golfers can switch from the front to the back and still finish nine holes at the clubhouse. A plethora of “half-par” holes demand intelligent risk taking, especially in the finishing stretch, where golfers encounter a deliberate sequence of long and short par 3s, 4s and 5s. An extensive, 20-acre practice area rounds out the Grove XXIII amenities. A 400-yard, double-ended long game area offers two distinct driving corridors and scaled target greens. The short-game area features an innovative semi-circle ‘wedge tee,’ where 35–90 yard shots can be practiced toward pins cut into the lobes of an amoeba-shaped target green. A separate, 4-acre wing of the practice area is dedicated to a flagship “Every Ball Counts” facility, centered around a sophisticated training building. Teeing grounds, practice greens and target areas were engineered and constructed to exact slopes and dimensions. Using proprietary performance metrics, sophisticated players can have every skill precisely measured and calibrated.

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