Could Tiger Woods’s next course design be on the Chicago lakefront?
NBC/Golf Channel commentator Mark Rolfing told The Chicago Tribune that Bandon Dunes developer Mike Keiser, who is an adviser on the project, said that Woods is “on board” to be the architect for the course that would join two existing courses — Jackson Park and South Shore — just steps from the forthcoming Obama Presidential Center.
But Rolfing stressed that Woods’s involvement is “not a done deal.”
Woods’s spokesman Glenn Greenspan told the Tribune that Woods had no new design plans to announce, but Rolfing said an announcement about the project could come at the Ryder Cup at the end of the month.
He added that Woods toured the property in August.
Rolfing’s role in the project is not clear from the Tribune report, but he is an Illinois native and has long dreamed of seeing a championship course on this property. The course will benefit The First Tee of Greater Chicago.
“The vision is to create a model for the future of sustainable, urban golf,” Rolfing told the Tribune.
Rolfing hopes that the project, which will include construction to connect the two courses in addition to creating the new one, will be completed in time for the Obama library and museum unveiling in 2021.
When reached by GOLF.com Thursday evening, Rolfing declined to comment any further “as none of the deals are done yet.” He described himself as an “organizer” of the project.