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Monday, November 06, 2006

Golf: Meet Tiger Woods' new business

The talented Tiger Woods has been conquering golf courses around the world. Now he's going to start building them. Following other players-turned-architects, Woods announced that he has formed Tiger Woods Design and will start looking for land to design golf courses.

"My main objective is to provide a unique collection of amazing courses all over the world that represent what I love about golf," said Woods, who will be chairman of the corporation.

In fact, he did not say where his first golf course would be, although an announcement is expected by the end of the year and likely will be outside the United States.

Woods has talked about designing golf courses for the last several years, a vocation of nearly all the top players. We must keep in mind that Jack Nicklaus Design has more than 300 courses that are open for play around the world, and Arnold Palmer became the first former captain to have a Ryder Cup staged on his course in Europe, no less at The K Club in Ireland.

What0s more, other contemporaries already involved in golf course design include Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, although Mickelson does not have his own company.

It's important to say that Woods and other players have talked to the PGA Tour design staff about their design philosophies as the TPC of Boston gets ready to undergo a renovation, although that project will be handled by Gil Hanse with Brad Faxon as the player consultant.

But the main question is what will a course look like designed by a player with 12 majors and 64 worldwide victories who has played in more than 20 countries on every continent?

And he answered quickly: his courses would appeal to every skill level, drawing on his global travels.

"I've had the luxury of playing golf around the world, and I've spent a lot of time evaluating how to play all kinds of courses," Woods told us. "I'd like to share my experience and the lessons I've learned and hopefully create some amazing, fun courses.

"We know that there are golfers everywhere that may never get a chance to play a links course in Scotland, a tree-lined course in America or the sand belts of Australia," and he finished: "Hopefully, I can bring some of those elements into their backyards."

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