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$20,000,000 on the Line, Billionaire Michael Jordan Intimidated the People Who Helped Make His Dream Come True: “You Don’t Want to Get Too Close”

Published 09/23/2023, 7:30 AM EDT

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Michael Jordan dominated his opponents at will during his illustrious basketball career. The NBA legend had the ability to humiliate his man at any point in the game, be it on defense or offense. This gave him the “Fear Factor”. Notably, some of his opponents were afraid to even look Jordan in the eye. Even though the 6x NBA champion has been retired from the game for over two decades now, it looks like the “Fear Factor” still remains to a degree.

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Jordan is one of the best leaders the league has ever seen. Whether by example or through intimidation, MJ got the results he wanted. And now, in his life off the hardwood, His Airness continues this trend.

Michael Jordan’s “Fear Factor” felt by his golf course designer


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It is no secret that Michael Jordan is a golf aficionado. The 5x NBA MVP started playing the game during his college years and was hooked. During his time in the NBA, he would use golf as an escape from the pressure of delivering on the hardwood. MJ has also taken part in multiple celebrity golf tournaments over the years. However, he was once asked to leave a golf course for not wearing proper attire. In classic fashion, Mike took this personally. This led to Jordan’s decision to build his own club, The Grove XXIII.

The ultra-exclusive personal golf course built on an area of 200-plus acres cost reportedly MJ around $20 million. Interestingly, the man who helped Mike achieve this dream admitted to initially feeling uncomfortable around the NBA legend.


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Recently, Igor Reyes, who was the planning and design partner talked about his experience working with Jordan.

During an interview with CNN, Reyes talked about how intimidating it was to work with MJ initially. He said, “The first time you walk into the room with him, you don’t want to get too close or anything like that. It was kind of an odd thing,” recalled the designer.

However, it got better over times. Reyes added, “But by the second or third meeting we were just talking to him like a ‘regular’ client with a huge amount of respect.” He also said that His Airness was not just someone with money and he knew what he wanted.


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The “Slaughterhouse” of Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is obsessed with winning.

So, while designing the club, the 14x NBA All-Star wanted the course to suit his style of play to give him an advantage.


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Notably, Rickie Fowler recently discussed how the golf course gives the Chicago Bulls legend an advantage. Fowler noted that he has to give Jordan 10 shots during a round. Interestingly, the club is nicknamed “Slaughterhouse XXIII” because it suits Jordan’s style.

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Written by:

Bagavathi Eswaran


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Bagavathi Eswaran is a senior NBA writer at EssentiallySports, with a strong passion for the sport that started at the young age of ten. As a former college player, Bagavathi has been following the NBA for more than a decade and has found his calling in writing about the sport. His expertise in covering the NBA, as well as other arenas of the sport, is evident in his writing.
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Aakash Nair