Tiger Woods' design firm is keeping busy, and now it's expanding its portfolio into China.
Woods has contracted with developer and course owner Pacific Links International to renovate a Beijing golf course, Beijing Tian’an Holiday Golf Club, according to a golf.com report. The project is part of a two-course deal between Woods and the Canadian firm, valued at $16.5 million.
Beijing Tian’an Holiday is a 27-hole facility located on the outskirts of the Chinese capital and will be redubbed Pacific Links National Golf Club. The facility will be part of a cluster of 12 courses in the great Beijing area that will be available to customers who purchase a specific Pacific Links membership, which will offer privileges to every course in the groups, including designs by Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Fred Coupls.
While Woods' spokesman Glenn Greenspan declined comment to golf.com, Pacific Links attributed a statement to Woods saying, “We strongly believe this course will stand the test of time and be one of the most prestigious courses in China, and even Asia.”
Woods' design business has found solid footing after starting almost a decade ago with an ambitious project in Dubai. That project, which was called Al Ruwaya, stalled as the global economic recession spread to the emirate in 2008. The project was permanently stalled with several holes built and grown in. Eventually, the project was canceled, as were similarly impacted projects in North Carolina and Mexico.
In December, Woods attended the first opening of one of his designs, El Cardonal at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Bluejack National a redesign project near Houston, is expected to open in the fall and will be Woods' first U.S. course. Woods has also been contracted to develop on the same land as Al Ruwaya for a Dubai project that will ultimately be run by the Trump Group, called Trump World Golf Club, Dubai.
However, this pair of Chinese projects may have an already uncertain future. The Chinese government has maintained a moratorium on golf course development since 2004, though some 400 courses have been built in that decade-plus span. The government has recently made a push to enforce its moratorium and is expected to introduce new regulations on land use this summer.