Tiger Woods is getting a second crack at designing a golf course in Dubai.
Woods' design firm has been selected to create the design of an 18-hole championship course at the Akoya Oxygen resort in the United Arab Emirates. Announced in September, the course is to be named Trump World Golf Club, Dubai, marking Trump's second managed property in the emirate, following on the Gil Hanse-designed Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, which is slated to open in 2015.
“I’ve been fortunate to play great golf courses all over the globe, from the original links courses in Scotland to the famous parkland courses in America and the distinctive layouts on the sandbelt of Australia,”said Woods in a release. “I hope to bring elements of those great courses and others to the Trump World Golf Club Dubai with the end result being a course that golfers will want to play again and again.”
Site prep has already started, with the course planned to open in late 2017. However, the space will feel familiar to Woods, as it is essentially the same spot where his first design, Tiger Woods' original Dubai design, called Al-Ruwaya, was first announced in 2006. The project came to a screeching halt after the UAE was crushed by the worldwide financial crisis in 2008. It was suspended indefinitely in 2011.
In the next month, it's expected a Woods design will open for play for the first time. El Cardonal, Woods' course in the Diamante resort-slash-housing development in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is poised to open before the end of the year. Woods' firm is currently working on redesigning the Bluejack National, a Houston-area, high-end private club.