Tiger to design golf course

At least that’s what he’s saying in recent interviews. I guess since he only plays 18 times a year, he’ll have some free time to start work on competing with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold. How long until we see a “Tiger Woods Golf Community” tag on a new development. Wonder what the first “Tiger Woods signature golf course” can charge for a green fee?

Anyway, here’s what Tiger had to say about building a golf course:

Q: What are your plans for golf course design work?

Tiger Woods: Probably going to start here shortly actually.

Q: I know Retief has got one going and Ernie has got one.

Tiger Woods: Ernie has got a few actually. Yeah, I am going to start probably within next three, four years easily.

Q: Kelly Tilghman: Are you going to Tiger proof it?

Tiger Woods: (Laughs) One of the things that I have learned over the years I have been out here playing, talking to the guys who design golf courses, you can’t always design a championship golf course because basically who is putting up the bill? And here are the guys supposed to provide and create something, that’s what they want. If they want a resort course, they make it easy; if they want a championship course they make it tough. If you want something that’s pretty pen for a public golf course (inaudible), I mean obviously can’t make it like a championship golf course. So you are bound to what the client wants and that’s one of the things that I have certainly learned. I picked brains from Pete Dye and Jack and Arnold and obviously Robert Trent Jones and all those guys, the client comes first.Hopefully one day I will be able to design a championship golf courses. I will make it tough.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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