Construction begins on Mickelson's course in Canada

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Construction has begun on Phil Mickelson’s latest design project, Mickelson National Golf Club, at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

Barry Ehlert, managing partner of Windmill Golf Group, described the announcement as being “seven years in the making,” after the project, originally a Johnny Miller design, was put on hold because of the economic downturn. 

The course, located just west of Calgary, is tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2017, with hopes of eventually hosting the Canadian Open.  

“I’m thrilled that we’ve begun work on a project we’re confident will be one of the outstanding courses in Canada,” Mickelson said in a release. “The land and setting give us a great opportunity to create a versatile course that will both challenge the world’s best players and be great fun for amateurs of all levels.”  

Mickelson has completed designs at Whisper Rock in Scottsdale, Ariz., and two courses in China.