fbpx
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods announces first public course design

TGR Design has announced another project - and it even got Tiger Woods back hitting shots...
 

With Tiger Woods’ back problems keeping him from playing, the 14-time major champion has thrown himself into his TGR Design venture.

Woods announced on Tuesday that his first public-access course will be built at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, owned by founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris.

The resort already features courses designed by Tom Fazio, over which the Champions Tour’s Legends of the Game event is held, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Ben Crenshaw.

Woods Championship course will be named Payne’s Valley, after the late Payne Stewart, a close friend of both Woods and Morris, and will feature a par-3 19th hole for play-offs – and at the grand unveiling, Woods had a couple of swings on it:

After hitting the shots, Woods said: “As you saw, the first shot was crap – I hit it in the water – then the second shot I stiffed it.

“The back is progressing. I have good days and bad days. I’ve had three back operations and that’s just kind of the nature of the business, unfortunately. That’s all I can say.”

(UPDATE: Later in the week, Woods went under the knife for a fourth back surgery.)

On his partnership with Morris, Woods added: “Johnny’s incredible passion for connecting people of all ages and walks of life to nature is truly inspiring. Together we’re tremendously excited to create a publicly accessible world-class golf experience.”

TGR Design now has a number of projects in varying stages of development. As well as the Payne Course at Big Cedar Lodge, there’s El Cardonal at Diamante in Mexico (opened 2014), the Oasis Short Course on the same resort (opened 2016), Bluejack National in Texas (opened 2016), Jack’s Bay in the Bahamas, Trump World Golf Club in Dubai (both opening 2018), and South Shore in Chicago (opening 2020).

Woods will also oversee the overhaul of Pacific Links National in China, while the another 18-hole course is planned for Diamante.

Payne’s Valley is expected to open in 2019. You can watch the full video of Woods’ announcement here:

Alex Perry

Alex Perry

Alex has been the editor of National Club Golfer since 2017. A Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

Latest Posts

Dom Pedro Resort

Courses and Travel

Dom Pedro: Five Courses in a Glorious Location

By

Read full article about Dom Pedro: Five Courses in a Glorious Location
Fulford Golf Club

Courses and Travel

Fulford: The home of European Tour legends

By

Read full article about Fulford: The home of European Tour legends
Appleby Golf Club

Courses and Travel

Appleby: A gloriously minimalistic moorland

By

Read full article about Appleby: A gloriously minimalistic moorland
short golf courses

Courses and Travel

What will it take for short courses to take off in Britain and why are we so dismissive of them?

By

Read full article about What will it take for short courses to take off in Britain and why are we so dismissive of them?
Rockliffe Hall

Courses and Travel

Rockliffe Hall: The hardest course in England

By

Read full article about Rockliffe Hall: The hardest course in England
Isle of Purbeck

Courses and Travel

Isle of Purbeck: The breathtaking course with a special backstory

By

Read full article about Isle of Purbeck: The breathtaking course with a special backstory
best hotels in dominican republic

Courses and Travel

Terrific Tortuga and wonderful Westin: Which Dominican Republic hotels should you stay in?

By

Read full article about Terrific Tortuga and wonderful Westin: Which Dominican Republic hotels should you stay in?
Stoneham Golf Club

Courses and Travel

Stoneham: This rare Willie Park heathland is a real treat

By

Read full article about Stoneham: This rare Willie Park heathland is a real treat
Leven Links

Courses and Travel

Leven Links: The first of its kind and one of the finest finishing holes in golf

By

Read full article about Leven Links: The first of its kind and one of the finest finishing holes in golf