There is still hope for Tiger Woods 'The Golf Course Architect'
By mustang6560 on 10/23/12
It's hard to believe but we may finally see the first completed Tiger Woods-designed golf course by the spring of 2014.
With a construction budget of up to $12 million, Woods's El Cardonal layout will crisscross desert arroyos on the 1,500-acre property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In a statement emailed to GOLF.com, the 14-time major winner says he is determined to produce a course that lesser mortals can enjoy.If history is any indication, the odds are against El Cardonal. Tiger's first golf course design, Al Ruwaya in Dubai, was suspended in 2009 after just six holes were completed and was eventually abandoned. The real estate company behind his first U.S. design, The Cliffs at High Carolina outside of Asheville, went bankrupt so the project was never started. And his latest design, Punta Brava near Ensenada in northwest Mexico, has been stalled since Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.
Tiger is an accomplished golfer, however, we'll have to wait and see if he's equally as talented as a golf course designer. But I've already texted my uncle who lives in New Mexico about planning a trip to Cabo in the spring of '14 just in case...
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Torleif Sorenson says:
El Cardonal will be alongside an existing Davis Love III-designed course; DL3's established design philosophy has been to lay out courses that are enjoyable but not punishing for most golfers. Whether Tiger is saying the same thing because of DL3's nearby course is worth questioning, but his statement itself is sound.
That said, the economy over the last 4½ years has been crushingly bad - worse since January of 2009, in fact. Any chance of an economic recovery - and resorts like Diamante Cabo San Lucas being able to attract travelers and golfers - hinges on the result of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, of course.
I miss the days when Woods still had credibility as a golfer and people actually looked forward to him designing a golf course. I mean why not, he is a great golfer, and he has played and won on lots of different courses all over the world. He won big on the most iconic courses in the world, Augusta National, the Old Course, Pebble, Torrey Pines, Firestone etc. He must know a thing or two about what makes a good golf hole.
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