Tiger Woods’ latest swing change remains a work in progress, but his latest project is taking shape.
The 14-time major winner recently landed a lucrative deal to design a golf course in Beijing, his first architectural foray into Asia. The project calls for Woods to scrap an existing course, the Beijing Tian’an Holiday Golf Club, and start afresh.
Before this week, we knew only the name of the new course -- Pacific Links National Golf Club -- and the eye-popping sum that Woods will get paid for the job: $16.5 million.
Now we also know what the layout will look like.
Woods posted design renderings for the course on his website and provided this description:
“Pacific Links National Golf Club will borrow from the principles of links golf. It will feel expansive, with vast, sweeping views across the dramatic landscape. The golf course will feature cool season grasses with manicured rough that will transition into wide areas of Scottish Links Fescue. Greens surrounds will be bent grass, encouraging a variety of recovery options and enhancing playability for all golfers. Bunker placement will focus on creating strategic playing options and multiple lines of execution, while the aesthetic of bunker sand meeting rolled-over rough grass will add another dramatic visual element to each hole.”
He’s been hired for the job by Pacific Links International, a Canada-based company that markets a global reciprocal membership plan to golfers. Once complete, the company says, Woods’ design will anchor the Pacific Links’ 27 Club, a collection of 12 courses in the Beijing and nearby Tianjin regions designed by such big names as Ernie Els, Greg Norman and Pete Dye.
Check out Woods’ design below: