Golf great Phil Mickelson came into Naples and played nationally ranked Calusa Pines Golf Club on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
Courtesy Calusa Pines Golf Club, Naples Daily News
Phil Mickelson played at Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples on Monday for a KPMG outing.
“Phil came out with one of our members who’s a sports agent,” general manager Walt Kozlowsky said. “He did a meet and greet with some people.”
A former chairman of KPMG, one of Mickelson’s main sponsors, also was there.
Mickelson, 49, has won 44 tournaments, including five majors — three Masters, a British Open, and a PGA Championship. Kozlowsky said it was his first time visiting the course, and that Mickelson had heard about it from the other tour pros who’s played the course.
“He loved the golf course,” Kozlowsky said of Mickelson on Calusa Pines, which is ranked nationally by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. “I talked to him for a little while. He was jovial, nice.”
Mickelson even did a tips video on Instagram from the club.
Calusa Pines has a roster of tour pros who are members, including Paul Azinger, Steve Stricker, Fort Myers’ George McNeill, Rocco Mediate, and Stewart Cink.
Kozlowsky also introduced Mickelson to Calusa Pines founder and owner Gary Chensoff.
“He was great with him,” Kozlowsky said. “(Mickelson) praised the golf course and the clubhouse, and the staff.”
Last week, the club hosted the annual First Tee Invitational that supports the local First Tee of Naples/Collier chapter. NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who was a longtime Naples resident and is one of the owners of Hideout Golf Club, was one of the handful who made an appearance at the post-tournament ceremony.