Tiger Woods: Let's have a little more honesty
I have nothing against Tiger Woods. I just wish he would be a little more honest.
I’m specifically referring to an interview he gave to the Wall Street Journal recently regarding the new course he’s designing on the Baja California coast in Mexico. It’s in a development called Punta Brava.
The development will have about 125 homes ranging in price from $3 million for a one-acre vacant lot to $3.5 million for a condo.
Interviewer: “I understand the cheapest homes on this course start in the multi-million-dollar range? Why did you choose to do a development that focuses on the high end?”
Woods: “I just wanted to do something that was on this amazing piece of property. Brady (Oman, one of the principals in the development group) allowed me to work on this project. It’s been unbelievable. It’s so beautiful there. You can see the ocean from all 18 holes. That’s something we didn’t ever want to lose.”
Interviewer: “Are you planning to have a home in Punta Brava?
Interviewer: “What do you look for in a house?”
Woods: “I want my home to be comfortable, first off. And now that I have a family, being safe is very important. That is near and dear to me.”
Well, my home is comfortable and relatively safe, but somehow I don’t think Tiger would be interested.
Look, there’s nothing wrong in him saying “I’m Tiger Woods, I want my ‘brand’ to be the most upscale in the world and I am making enough money on this project to bail out Wall Street, for whom you work, you little cretin.”
I’d buy that.
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Look at the other places he's designed courses. Dubai springs to mind. Think he made a little money there?
My point is I don't like the way he's avoiding the subject, trying to convince us he doesn't care about the money.
And what exactly is dishonest about his house quote? Just because comfort and safety mean a little different things to Tiger Woods than you (I don't think there are Tim McDonald blog fans hanging outside to get your autograph, but maybe I'm wrong) doesn't make the quote dishonest.
Heck, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to be stuck in your house in the backwoods Florida swamps either. Tiger isn't the only one with a different idea of comfort than you, my man.
This is especially obvious with Woods. he is the closest thing to a politician you'll find in golf, with maybe the exception of Mickelson. And don't fool yourselves about this. Whether it's his diplomatic comments about Bubbles or Sorenstam, this or something else, everything is carefully crafted as to avoid tarnishing the Tiger Woods brand.
Call it good business if you must, but don't expect me to respect it.
Much 'ado about nuthin', in my humble opinion.
In order to have a low environmental impact on such an amazing place it had to be very low density housing. In order to make border issues irrelevant it had to be accessible by air and water (instead of by cross-border driving). These factors had the natural consequence of creating a very exclusive ownership opportunity. Few homes and the requirement for private yachts and private air transportation simply led to premium prices.
It was simple economics associated with having such a rare jewel.
Or even get a glimpse of the ocean, for that matter.
I have a 12-foot aluminum, flat-fishing boat. I sort of look at it as my private yacht, down here on the Suwannee. Does that score any points?
I'm bringing Bud, though. He's been known to take a nip or two, but when he drinks he seems to speak a little Espanol.
I guess the folks there are too fancy to meet up with us on dry land.
Can't say as I blame them, and Bud does have a nasty little case of shingles. Wouldn't want that to go rubbing off on Tiger and the rich folk.
I'm sure Tiger has an eye on the future as did Jack Nicklaus (I think he's got close to 300 designed courses) and right now anything tied to his name is gonna be gold.
you should know that the real name of the site for the proposed development is "Punta Banda" and not "Punta Brava". Does this piece of information reminds you of something?? Also, I wanted to let you know that this project has created a lot of social stir here in Ensenada, because the project plans to remove more than 90% of the vegetation destroying a pristine ecosystem of coastal sage scrub and more than 25 archaeological sites in that area (of course, since the project is very exclusive, the rest of the people from Ensenada won´t have access to that cultural landscape anymore). You should also know tha according to the Mexican Constitution foreigners are not entitled to have properties on coastal and border lands.
Finnally, the area is located on top of a major active geological fault (Agua Blanca fault). Saludos from Ensenada.
An important context point is that the land has not been a public holding since almost the Mexican Revolution and has been completely private since the 1960's. Mexico's Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) is overseeing the handling of every shrub on the place during the project. I'm unaware of 25 archeology sites but I do know of one cave that will be wholly protected.
I'm sure we'd all like a piece of such a beautiful place. Alas, even my access to the property will be removed at some point.
Yet I am confident that this project is the most environmentally responsible proposal to the property ever. It will become a new ecological standard for Baja California.
Do you understand the concept of Cultural Landscape? Heritage? Public Interest? It´s like building a golf course in Stone Henge, Yosemite, Big Sur or the Grand Canyon...
Brooklyn -- I can't speak for the other guys, but maybe it has something to do with the fact Woods has made more money off golf than anyone in the history of the world.
Luckily, Tiger is not in the business of impressing Mr. McDonald so that is a good thing. Tiger has maintained the strength of character to not "twist in the wind" to please everyone and that is a good trait. Keep it up Tiger and God bless. Mr. McDonald, please do some research on the other golfers and write that Jack, Arnold, Gary Player, Ernie Els, Greg Norman (who also is in the business of wines, beef, turf building) are just doing this out of the goodness of their hearts and not for the MONEY.
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