Life from the fringe

PGA Tour golf legend Nick Faldo was at the Calgary Golf and Country Club last Thursday to help...

PGA Tour golf legend Nick Faldo was at the Calgary Golf and Country Club last Thursday to help promote the Wilderness Club in Montana, which he designed. (Sun Media/Kevin Udahl)

DARREN FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

While Nick Faldo's desire to play golf may have faded over the past few years, his ambition to remain successful has not.

The six-time major winner is best known now for his colourful analysis with the CBS golf team but Faldo's busy days don't end there.

As the main man behind Faldo Design, the Orlando, Fla., native said between dreaming up the blueprints for the world's newest layouts and following the PGA with CBS, it's almost as if he's still a regular on the Tour.

"We have about 20 projects on the go, a dozen under construction in literally all four corners of the earth," said Faldo, who was in Calgary recently promoting his newest project -- The Wilderness Club in Montana.

"We've got a links course in Iceland and then there's South Africa to Montana and there's a lot happening in Europe.

"I'm going from links to jungle to parkland to forest, so there's a lot of diversity."

On top of all that, the former No. 1 player in the world, whose last pro victory was at the 1997 Nissan Open, was named one of the key broadcasters for all of CBS's coverage of the PGA Tour this season.

A position he was more than happy to accept.

"The chance may not have come along again to be the main man with CBS," he said. "I was leaning that way with ABC, so it's a great opportunity to stay in professional golf and with the Ryder Cup coming up, I'm still (involved), so there's a lot going on."

Adding to his swamped scheduled will be the duties of Ryder Cup captain for Europe next summer, which will be played at Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky.

For now, though, the three time Masters and British Open champion is extremely happy being on the fringe, so to speak.

"I've been (designing) since the end of the 80's and predominately through the 90s and in 2000 I started my own company, which is based out of London," he explained. "I have three architects there and the team's growing all the time. Things are going very well."

Faldo joins a list of other retired golf greats to open a design house.

Like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Greg Norman, Faldo has thought up and built courses all over the world.

Yet, unlike those other legends, the soon-to-be 50-year-old Faldo has yet to build in Canada.

He wasn't saying if that was in his future plans but he did acknowledge that moving onto design after a life of golf experience is a natural transition.

"Some have a genuine interest and passion for it. I know I have.

"I've been fortunate to travel the world and I've played every great golf course by every great designer and in that journey I've been storing the knowledge. Now, I've been given this opportunity to go out into the world and create as well.

"You see what works and what doesn't work. I know what the players like, especially the professionals.

"I always try to make it more difficult for them to really annoy them," he said with a smile.

Other than playing some Champions Tour events in the future, Faldo has no plans to take up the game full-time again.

That said, he doesn't shy from recalling the glory days.

"That's always a tough one," said Faldo when asked what his favourite win was. "They all mean so much. I think winning at St. Andrews is obviously very special."


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