Tiger to design his first U.S. course

Tiger to design his first U.S. course

Tiger Woods has already started building a course in Dubai.
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Tiger Woods is seeking his “lucky 13th” major win at this week’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., but two days after the tournament ends Woods will be announcing a first: his inaugural golf course design in the United States.

According to a source close to the situation who requested anonymity, the world’s No. 1 player has signed a deal to design a course located just east of Asheville, N.C., for Cliffs Communities, a prominent golf real estate developer.

“It’s pretty major,” the source said. “Tiger will be intimately involved with the design.”

Cliffs Communities has five high-end, master-planned residential properties in North and South Carolina. Jamie Prince, a spokesperson for the company, declined comment, saying that no official announcement would be made before a press conference with Woods scheduled for Aug. 14. An invitation to that event that was sent out on Monday highlighted a new development called The Cliffs at High Carolina.

Woods launched his design company in November 2006 and soon announced his first design project, a course named Al Ruwaya, in Dubai, U.A.E. It was reported at the time that he would be paid $25 million for his work, a sum that is roughly 10 times what even the most established golf course architects can command. That course is scheduled for completion in 2009.

Mark Steinberg, Woods’s agent, did not immediately return a call for comment.