While the World No. 1 Tiger Woods has been out of action since the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship the first week of March, he’s keeping busy while he recuperates from his back surgery. Woods and Beacon Land development announced today that the fourteen-time major champion will design Bluejack National, a private course just over an hour north of Houston in Montgomery. This will be Tiger’s first American course after his Cliffs at High Carolina endeavor was scuttled.
Set on 755 acres of rolling countryside festooned with stately pines and tall hardwoods, Bluejack National will deal golfers wide, generous fairways in a gorgeous setting with the property’s natural lakes and streams incorporated into the design.
"The turf will be maintained at a single height of fairway cut, the under growth will be cleared and the forest floor will be covered with pine straw, making it easy to find and play wayward shots," said Woods in a statement.
But don’t expect it to be a walk in the park either with course design doubling down on risk reward when it comes to strategic angles of attack to hit the greens. The green complexes themselves will be tightly mowed to promote golfer’s short game creativity. For golfers in a time crunch or just wanting to work on their par-3 proficiency there will also be a short course. Other amenities include a state of the art performance center to help take players to the next level and a 19th hole area called The Porch where golfers can rehash their round highlights with friends and family.
The original course on the property was Blaketree National which was built as an homage to Augusta National so it is very fitting that the property is being resurrected by a four time green jacket winner.
"Bluejack National has one of the best natural settings for golf I have seen,” said Tiger. “With its changes in elevation, the beautiful pines and hardwoods, Bluejack National is reminiscent of the pinelands of Georgia and the Carolinas. The opportunity is here to create a golf course unlike any other in the Houston area, and our goal is for it to be among the best in the nation."
Tiger’s course design repertoire will also soon have El Cardonal in Cabo San Lucas in the bag. It is scheduled to open this fall.