Master Builder: Tiger Woods at the site of his new golf course in Cabo San Lucas.
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El Cardonal is Tiger Woods's new golf course design at Diamante, a high-end real estate enclave in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas. The 17th tee of the new course will be just beyond the entrance wall where Woods was standing on a recent visit.
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Tiger Woods gives a tour of the El Cardonal site to Golf Magazine's Joe Passov. “I like the bunkers to be visible, so we’re flashing the faces up,” Woods says.
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Tiger Woods shares his design philosophy with Golf Magazine course-rankings editor Joe Passov. “I’ve started off El Cardonal with a slightly downhill par 5 measuring just over 550 yards,” Woods says. “The idea was to ease the golfer into the round. The 18th is just the opposite. I like strong finishing holes where par is a good score. With the downhill par-4 18th measuring just over 500 yards, it will be a true test. And with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, it should be a memorable conclusion.”
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Tiger Woods talked about playing persimmon woods during lunch with Golf Magazine's Joe Passov. “Oh yeah, I grew up on them,” Woods says. “Don’t forget, I’ve been playing for, like, 30 years. Davis [Love III] was still using one in our playoff in Las Vegas in ’96.” Woods won that duel, claiming his first of 78 (and counting) PGA Tour victories.
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“I don’t want people to lose a dozen balls when they play our course,” Tiger Woods said of his El Cardonal course. “Pinehurst is a great example of a course that’s tough for us but playable for everybody else. It gets players thinking, with options around the greens. We want lots of variety.”
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Here's what Tiger Woods' El Cardonal course will look like when it's completed.
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Woods with Ken Jowdy, the CEO of Diamante.
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In the foreground are the eighth and ninth holes of the existing Dunes course. The construction and overgrown area are where Woods's course will be built.
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A green site for the par-3 second hole.
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The par-5 sixth hole, shot from the right side.
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A view from the sixth green down to the Pacific Ocean. The center bunker that runs up to the green is visible.
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A house being built for Woods [far right] overlooks the double-ended driving range.
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A closer look at Woods's home.
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Another view of Woods's on-site home.
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Tiger during a visit to the El Cardonal site in 2012: "I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level."
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Tiger Woods on his course-design philosophy: “Great golf courses are the result of variety, strategy, a distinctive environment and the ability to make golfers think and make choices,” The world’s greatest course? “St. Andrews,” Woods says. “There are so many different ways to play it, to get the ball onto the green.”
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