He might not be able to take full golf swings yet, but that doesn’t mean Tiger Woods is sitting around the house watching Netflix.
Woods has been chosen by Beacon Land Development as architect for the new Bluejack National golf course in Montgomery, Texas, just outside of Houston. At the former home of Blaketree National Golf Club, development partners Casey Paulson and Michael Abbott brought in Tiger Woods Design to reimagine the course using as much of the undeveloped land as necessary to create what they claim will be “something truly special on an exceptional piece of land.”
“I’ve known Michael Abbott and other members of Beacon Land Development for many years,” Woods said through a written statement. “Blackjack National is one of the best natural settings for golf I have seen.
“With its changes in elevation, the beautiful pines and hardwoods, Blackjack 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.”
Construction is to begin in early summer with a projected opening in the fall of 2015. If that schedule holds, Blackjack National will be Woods’ first U.S. course to open. His first domestic design project at The Cliffs in North Carolina fell apart during the real estate collapse of 2008. He also has projects Mexico, in Cabo San Lucas and Encenada, and a well-publicized project in Dubai.
“We are thrilled to have Tiger working with us to develop the golf course for Blackjack National,” Abbott said through a statement on his website. “He spent a lot of time getting to know the property and understanding its potential. Throughout the process it became clear that his vision for the golf course perfectly aligned with ours and he shared our passion for brining it to life.”