Pop star's golf course opens

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - Pop star Justin Timberlake was the first to play a round at his Mirimichi golf course near Memphis.

On Saturday the singer and Hollywood actor smiled after hitting a 291-yard drive off the 10th tee. He told the Commercial Appeal in Memphis that "nobody's happier about this course" than he is.

Timberlake drew a crowd of about 50 onlookers after starting an early round of 18 holes at 7:30 a.m.

He played Saturday with his mother, stepfather and an old family friend from Tennessee.

The Memphis native got the idea to buy the course after his father called him and said the former Big Creek Golf Course in Millington was for sale in 2007.

Timberlake spent $16 million renovating the course.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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