Tiger Woods needs only four more major victories to catch up to his hero golf legend Jack Nicklaus. In light of the announcement that Tiger will be joining forces with Real Estate Tycoon Donald Trump to build an18-hole championship course in Dubai, he will need just a few hundred more designs to catch up.
But, with the new 18-hole championship layout for Trump World Golf Club Dubai, carved out of the 55 million square-foot master community of Akoya Oxygen, Tiger is making some headway.
Along with Woods, Donald Trump told Golf.com that he is collaborating with his good friend Hussain Sajwani, chairman of DAMAC Properties, who recently “acquired this huge piece of land.”
The billionaire said that Hussain was “one of the world’s great developers and he wanted this project to exceed every expectation. When we discussed the golf course architect, we agreed that there was only one choice: Tiger Woods.”
A previous attempt to build the Tiger Woods designed course was “derailed by the world economic crisis” and abandoned in 2009. Trump said that the new layout “will be largely Tiger’s original design, but it will be upgraded in every way.”
Ziad El Chaar, managing director of DAMAC Properties wrote in an article on Tiger Woods’s official website, “that with the global appeal of Dubai, we believe the Trump World Golf Club Dubai, designed by Tiger Woods, will be a market leader, judged against the best golf courses in the world.”
Tiger also commented about the Dubai course on his website that “Dubai is fast becoming one of the most influential golfing destinations in the world… We plan to create a distinct and memorable golf course that players of all abilities find enjoyable. I’m looking forward to adding to the great courses of Dubai.”
Woods explained that he has played golf courses all over the globe from “links courses in Scotland to the famous parkland courses in America and the distinctive layouts of the sandbelt of Australia.” He intends to bring in all of these elements into the Trump World Golf Club.
Work has already begun on the course and Trump World Golf Club Dubai should open by late 2017. Moreover, Golf.com reports that the Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal course at Mexico’s Diamante opens December 16. Another one of his golf course design projects at Bluejack National, outside of Houston, could be ready late in 2015.