Greg Norman - April 20, 2012


A course that he designed near Charlotte, North Carolina was recently acquired by Donald Trump. Norman said it is one of the best courses he has ever designed and he recently spoke with Trump to congratulate him on the purchase which he will include among his Trump National Golf Club properties.

He also designed the TPC San Antonio where the Valero Texas Open is being played. When he was designing the course, there were a number of environmental conditions which stated how the course could and could not be built and it was interesting to work with the environment instead of against it when he was building it. While some players have criticized the course, everyday golfers love the course and he is very happy about that.

The most environmentally sensitive course he ever built was one in Ireland where the course had to literally be built by hand. When you are working in rhythm with the environment and are on-site to see the course’s growth and development, it results in a great experience and one where you are in tune with the land and the fact, we do not own the earth but instead the earth owns us.

When he watched Bubba Watson win The Masters, he was reminded of what it was like to play with and watch Seve Ballesteros because Seve would hit the ball everywhere but he was able to use his creativity to recover and create some great moments. Bubba is a natural player and a breath of fresh air for golf and Norman hopes that Bubba never changes his swing or who he is and hopes that no one will try to change Bubba.

Golf has become so global in terms of tournaments and he would argue that the region that has been hurt the most by the global growth may be the United States. Overall, tournament golf has never been stronger but the United States has been hurt not only by the economic downturn but also because of the rise of international players who play many of their tournaments outside of the United States.

As an ambassador for Pacific Links Hawaii, Greg Norman will make his first appearance in a Champions Tour since 2009 when he plays in the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in September. He worked with the Champions Tour to help create this opportunity to establish a tournament in Hawaii and he is very happy to be participating.

During his career, he hardly ever feared a fellow competitor and if anything else, he feared the gallery because he did not want to hit a patron with an errant shot. When he first came to the United States, there were a few players who tried gamesmanship with him through making noises at inconvenient times but those efforts always failed because he never allowed himself to be intimidated by a fellow competitor.