Thus far in 2015, Tiger Woods hasn’t had much luck in tournament golf. His course design career, however, is red hot.
Riding the momentum from the successful opening of his first course, El Cardonal at Mexico’s Diamante in December 2014, Tiger Woods Design will unveil its first course in the United States, Bluejack National, in October 2015.
Early returns on this private course in the northern reaches of Houston, Texas show Woods and his design team in peak form. Hewn from a long-closed layout that Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw worked on but didn’t finish, Bluejack National benefits from a property that’s somewhat unusual for Houston, with natural water hazards, elevation changes and mature trees, including its namesake oaks.
“From a design standpoint, I try to create options, to make it friendly, but challenging for all levels,” said Woods in a promotional video, echoing his design philosophy first realized in Mexico.
Indeed, nearly every green will offer run-up options, allowing Old World ground game choices to play a prominent role.
“I’m so excited to have these different landforms to work with,” Woods said.
Thanks to existing corridors from its previous life, and an abundance of handsome natural hazards, Bluejack National will possess a rare maturity on opening day.
For a sneak preview of the course, check out the promotional video below: