AD goes inside the basketball legend’s exclusive Florida course and clubhouse designed by Nichols Architects with interiors by Caitlin Kah
Peace and seclusion are a large part of why Michael Jordan loves the game of golf. However, the legendary NBA star is one of the most recognizable people on the planet, and no matter which course he’s on, he’s still subject to waiting for those playing ahead of him to tee off, during which time they often realize who he is. He wanted a course more tailored to a quicker pace of play, and one which would allow him to control the guest list—and that is how Grove XXII was born.
Located in Hobe Sound, Florida, Grove XXIII opened in the Fall of 2019. The private golf club includes an 18-hole course, a main clubhouse, a gatehouse, a learning facility, and a practice range. There are even drones that deliver snacks and beverages to members during play. The member list includes a who’s who of celebrities and professional athletes who all have received personal invitations from Jordan. The 15,000-square-foot clubhouse was designed by Nichols Architects, and the curved structure is inspired by the precision and flow of a golf swing. Inside are a pro shop, bar, lounging areas, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The golf course sits on a former citrus grove and was designed by world-renowned course designer Bobby Weed with the owner’s style and speed of play in mind. Some pro golfers have even nicknamed the course Slaughterhouse XXIII for its unique fairways that give an advantage to shorter hitters like Jordan.