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Fairways to Heaven

Backyard Golf Course Owners Find There's No Place Like Home
Larry Olmsted
From the Print Edition:
Pierce Brosnan, Nov/Dec 97

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At Shadow Creek, the experience is in almost every way perfect. The course, designed by Tom Fazio (in collaboration with Wynn) is laid out as a series of concave arenas, blanketed by mature trees and immense earth berms; you never see any hole except the one you are playing. With wide fairways, big greens and reasonable rough, Shadow Creek is enormously playable. Though water runs through about half the holes, there are few forced carries, none of them particularly long.

Playing here is about golf as pleasure, not punishment. From the moment you enter the luxurious changing room--where luminaries ranging from Bill Gates to Bruce Willis to Phil Mickelson keep lockers--to your time on a practice range more elegant than the back nine at most country clubs, you are immersed in privacy, comfort and sensual delights. (Just try not to hit one of the omnipresent pheasants with a wayward drive.) And even though anyone with a credit card can now attempt to play this most exclusive of golf courses, don't worry about Shadow Creek losing any of its mystique. The day I was there, Michael Jordan was in the foursome ahead of me. * --Michael Konik

Contributing editor Michael Konik is Cigar Aficionado's gambling columnist.

For reservations at Shadow Creek, call (888) 778-3387.

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