Who will protect us from Tiger Woods course designs?
You’ve heard of “Tiger-proofing” golf courses. Who’s going to do that if Tiger is designing them?
Tiger Woods announced Monday he has formed Tiger Woods Design and intends to get into the course design business.
“My goal is to provide a unique collection of amazing courses all over the world that represent what I love about golf,” Woods told the Associated Press. “
The announcement doesn’t really come as a surprise. Woods has been talking about it for years, and he certainly would not be the first big-name player to cash in on the design aspect of the industry. Big-name golfers turned designers are highly-sought and well-paid. Their marquee value alone drives up prices for developers and course owners.
The only question is what kind of architect will Woods be? Jack Nicklaus studied under Pete Dye before branching out on his own, then was criticized early in his career for churning out courses in his own image.
Arnold Palmer got into the business and for a long time his courses had a reputation for being “Arnold Palmer” courses in name only. Arnie would show up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and little else.
Woods said he is actively looking for sites. An announcement is expected before the end of the year on a site expected to be outside the U.S.
“I’d like to share my experience and the lessons I’ve learned and hopefully create some amazing, fun courses,” Woods said.
Of course, to Woods, 600-yard par-5s that he can reach in two are fun. Still, he promises to design courses that are fun for “every skill level.”
Already, he’s got the golf course architect cliches down pat.
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