We’ve got Phil Mickelson coming into Calgary next week, arriving on Wednesday when he and Rick Smith, Steve Loy, Mike Angus and the design team will spend the entire day on site at Mickelson National, where they’ll tour the course and see what’s going on to date.
Phil’s guys were up last week, so Phil will be here with the design team, Barry Ehlert, managing partner of the Windmill Group, and the Oliphant group, which is the construction company.
On Thursday, we’re going to have a press conference, followed by a meet-and-greet at 11 a.m. with members of Mickelson National.
Everyone’s excited to see the progress of the golf course. We’ve taken most of the members out on tours, but they are going to get a chance to get to know one another and socialize, even though a lot of them know each other already.
Still, it’s good for the membership to get together during the construction phase and get to know one another even before the golf course opens and to meet Phil Mickelson. They’ll be able to ask Phil questions and hear his philosophy.
It’s been about a year since the golf course was first announced and we made an impact when we put shovels in the ground earlier this year. What we’re doing next week is a natural marketing progression with Phil himself.
When we announced that he was coming next week, there was a lot of response on social media and we got a lot of phone calls.
Memberships have been going well and should continue to do so with the renewed excitement.
One of the packages we’re selling is a Founders Membership that is limited to 18 people and costs $250,000. It includes paid dues for years to come, the opportunity to have a hole at Mickelson National named after you, lunch and golf with Phil and priority access to all Windmill facilities, among other things.
All memberships, however, have been brisk and expect renewed excitement in Calgary once the golf course’s namesake visits next week.