The Day I met the Great White Shark

Actually, it was on dry land
BY: DAVID FLORES

Last week, I had the chance to meet legendary golf player Greg Norman, known as “The Great White Shark” since 1981, which he earned after his play at the 1981 Masters. At an interview, he said, “We used to fish on Moreton Bay off Brisbane, which is supposed to be the largest breeding ground of Great Whites in the world,” explains Norman, now 64. “It takes a while to pull the fish up and when you do, the sharks have had them. You get frustrated. So I shot the sharks around my boat. It’s no big deal, for an Australian, sharks are like snakes. Dangerous. But you make allowances.”

Norman is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur who spent 331 weeks as the world's number 1 ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. He has won 91 international tournaments, including 20 PGA Tour tournaments and two majors: He bagged the  Open Championships in 1986 and 1993. Norman also earned 30 top-10 finishes and was the runner-up 8 times in majors throughout his career. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001 with the highest percentage of votes (80%) of any golfer to date.

He was in Cabo to launch his full ownership residences called Norman Estates at the Rancho San Lucas development on the Pacific side. The private beachfront gated enclave is part of the Rancho San Lucas 834 acre master planned community, offering luxury residences, deluxe resorts, restaurants, a Mexican village with shopping and dining options, tennis facility with a sports complex and the golf course, all set amidst a 1.2 mile stretch of pristine beach.

Norman celebrated the official launch of his first foray into real estate in Mexico, with the grand opening of a spectacular model home on the Pacific. Norman has so far designed 105 golf courses around the world, plus 17 currently under construction and 44 under contract. The Rancho San Lucas course is supposed to open this fall.

38 percent of Norman Estates’ phase one single-family homes have sold to Solmar time share holders before the properties hit the general market. The homes along the golf course are priced from $1 million in the cheap seats to $7 million. Norman is married to interior designer Kirsten Norman, so of course she got the contract for the interiors.

The event included the announcement of the first oceanfront four story high-rise residences at Norman Estates. These are priced from $1.5 million to $4.3 million.