Phil to design Calgary course upwards of 8,000 yards

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Phil Mickelson is reportedly going north of the border for his next golf course design.

The project, announced at a news conference Tuesday and initially reported by the Calgary Sun, will be the sixth for Mickelson’s design firm, along with the notable renovations of Torrey Pines’ North Course and Whisper Rock in Arizona. 

Initially called the Copithorne Club, the 240-acre course will be located near the Springbank airport in Calgary, with a target open date of late 2017, according to the report.

The course reportedly will play between 7,800 and 8,000 yards from the tips, which Mickelson hopes will attract tournament officials for the Canadian Open. Calgary is nearly 3,500 feet above sea level.

The project was originally tabbed for Johnny Miller and Canadian golfer Stephen Ames