Mike’s second great entrepreneurial success has been in golf. Inspired by the great golf courses of Scotland and Ireland, Mike entered the golf business and, ignoring the advice of experts, built a true links-style course in Oregon. At Bandon Dunes, golf is played as it was meant to be: on fun, beautiful courses that emphasize the natural landscape. Bandon Dunes has redefined the game of golf in America and become a destination for golfers everywhere.
Following the same model, Mike has developed other award-winning courses around the world, including in Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, Tasmania, and elsewhere. Mike’s further commitments—to the caddies, greens crews, and staff at his resorts; to the communities in which they’re located; and to deep environmental stewardship—enhance the singular appeal of these immensely popular courses.
Mike and his wife Lindy live in Chicago and support many important causes. Mike is a graduate of Calvin Coolidge’s own alma mater, Amherst College.