Out of the Woods
While Tiger Woods may never return to form on the links, the 14-time major winner seems to be in full swing as a course designer as he recently unveiled his first U.S. course down South.
Woods’ Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas (just 45 minutes from downtown Houston) will be fully completed in early 2016, however a selected few were privy to a 7 hole introduction to get the lay of the land and a sneak preview of what is expected to be a very highly regarded golf experience.
Former PGA Champion Dave Stockton and his son Dave Jr. gave a clinic on the large driving range while members and guests took several turns on the layout that Woods worked on with former Tom Fazio associate Beau Welling.
“Sometimes architects give lip service to a playable, walkable course, but that’s what we did here,” Welling said. “We want people to enjoy the game and walk the course and that is what is happening. People said golf takes too long, but if it’s fun, people will do it for a long time.”
“This course will define a new Tiger Woods,” Abbott said. “When people see this course and what has been created, they will not only think of the golfer with 80 victories, but a skillful architect as well.”
On the heels of Bluejack National is a report in the Nashville Business Journal that says Woods’ next project will launch in a new 1,200 acre development in Thompson’s Station, 30 miles south of Nashville. Add it to the collection that currently includes Woods’ first course design, El Cardonal in Mexico, as well as a redesign project in Beijing, China.