Tiger Woods' next golf course design project could well be in the Second City, and it could have a big impact on junior golf in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune reports Bandon Dunes owner and developer Mike Keiser believes Woods could be "on board" with a project concocted by NBC Sports golf commentator Mark Rolfing to combine the city's public Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses -- owned by the Chicago Parks District and operated by Billy Casper Golf -- on Lake Michigan into a single course for the benefit of the city's The First Tee chapter. The course would be near the site of President Barack Obama's presidential library.
Jackson Park is an 18-hole facility that charges $33 peak green fees, while South Shore is a nine-hole facility charging approximately $20 to play.
Rolfing said Woods isn't definitively on the project, but he did tour the proposed property when he was in Chicago in August. Keiser said he thought the odds of the project happening improved from an initial 1-in-100 chance to now "two in three" odds.
Woods' spokesman told the Tribune that there is nothing official to announce.
Two of Woods' designs have opened: El Cardonal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the rehauled Bluejack National outside of Houston. He's working on a course design in Dubai to be dubbed Trump World Golf Club, as well another course at the Diamante property in Mexico and Pacific Links Golf Club in China. Other projects in Dubai, South Carolina and a separate Mexico-based design never were completed.
Further details of the project are also subject to negotiation and speculation, including the possibility of the course being walking only to create jobs for caddies, as well the potential development of a short course for juniors and families to enjoy.
However, as currently drawn up, the project, if approved, would be completed in 2021.
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