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Why Greg Norman is moving home to Australia

Why Greg Norman is moving home to Australia

Gold legend Greg Norman is leaving the United States permanently and coming back to Australia.

He and his wife, Kiki, have found a buyer for their $52 million (AUD) Colorado ranch.

This follows after the sale of their $77 million Florida compound was finalised, and now the pair will finally relocate back to Norman’s hometown.

The Seven Lakes Lodge was originally purchased in 2004 for $12 million.

He put the home on the market for $71 million in 2016, but dropped the price significantly — by $19 million.

The 11,900 acre lot is made up of eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms and has been described as “one of the finest trophy big game hunting and fishing ranches in Colorado”.

Norman farewelled the property in an emotional Instagram post, writing “Sunday snow. A beautiful send off after two decades of owning 7L,” he wrote.

“This ranch has been an extraordinary magnificent journey of mountain life. It has been a pleasure sharing the incredible diversity this ranch with my family and friends.

“Each have their own memory, but collectively the memories will never leave us due to the uniqueness of the offering. I am confident the new owner and his family and friends will enjoy the same journey we did.”

It follows after the legendary golfer sold his South Florida compound only two weeks after it was listed for sale.

It was quickly snapped up by billionaire Leslie Wexner after 14 years of reconstruction.

“My wife and I feel it is time to move on after 30 years here,” Norman told the Miami Herald.

“COVID-19 and the whole pandemic experience, with social distancing and being isolated from our families — most of whom live overseas — this past year has made us realise how short life truly is and has caused us to re-evaluate how and where we want to spend the rest of our lives.”

Kirsten made it clear that they would be returning to Australia when farewelling their Florida home in an Instagram post.

“Our beloved Shark Shack. Boy will we miss it. Hope to recreate it some day soon in Oz!” she wrote in the caption.

In a January column for Stellar magazine, Norman revealed he was ready to return to his Queensland home.

“I miss Australia. I miss the way it sounds. Not long ago, I was on the phone with my parents and the sounds of the bird life in the background was something else,” he said.

“And the smell of Australia … it’s so clean and fresh. I love the coffee and I miss the people; they’re so easy going … I want to get back to Australia as soon as I can. To tell you the truth, I think about coming home every second day.”

In 2019, he admitted to The Daily Telegraph he was on the hunt for a new home in Australia.

“Yes we are (looking). I’d prefer not to say where we are looking and no we have not bought anything.”