Episode 24: Mike Nuzzo Part 2
Mike Nuzzo seemed to have struck gold when he was hired by a wealthy Texas businessman and rancher to build an ultra-exclusive golf course intended only for the client’s personal use. For almost three years, Nuzzo, a first-time architect, and Don Mahaffey, a turf and irrigation specialist, coaxed out a wide, bouncy and fascinating 18-hole creation that became Wolf Point Ranch, one of the most acclaimed and secretive courses in the U.S. The experience has given Nuzzo a unique perspective on golf design as he finishes his next project, the equally creative Grand Oaks Reserve outside of Houston featuring a full 9-hole course, a 1,000-yard 9-hole short course and an innovative putting course.
In Part 2, (Part 1 here )Mike describes how he lured Mahaffey to coastal Texas, the true cost of building Wolf Point, the mystery of the secret prohibited Golfweek rater, how the luckiest person in golf is a guy named Dale, the current fate of Wolf Point, the new Nine Grand course at Grand Oaks Reserve, the concept of tailoring courses to available time to play and making it into the Confidential Guide.