Despite Tiger Woods pulling out of last week's event with a sore Achilles tendon, his game -- and his golf course design business -- appear to be picking up.
Regarding the latter, word is that Tiger has agreed to design the next golf course at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
While on site, a member of our editorial team was told by a Diamante representative that the residential/resort community had just days ago signed a contract with Tiger Woods to design the next course there. Construction is said to begin shortly.
The site itself (including construction equipment) can be seen on the far right-hand side of the above photo (if the giant red arrow didn't give it away).
I attempted to corroborate the news by calling Tiger Woods Design, but I got a weird message saying the voicemail couldn't accept more messages. Shot an email to company president Bryon Bell, too. (I'll update this post if he gets back to me.)
If the job has, in fact, gone to Tiger, he'll have his work cut out for him.
Diamante is the most exciting thing to happen to Cabo San Lucas golf since Jack Nicklaus designed the Ocean Course at Cabo Del Sol in 1994.
In addition to racking up many other accolades, Diamante's original, Davis Love III-designed Dunes course debuted at #58 on Golf Magazine's list of Top-100 courses to play in the world.
These photos help explain why:
The second course at Diamante is being called "Lagoon." (A third course is also part of the development plan).
Again, if this truly is Tiger's next golf course design project, I sincerely hope it goes better than his previous ones.
As we reported in 2010 (and the New York Times confirmed in an April 2011 article) Tiger's other project on Mexico's Baja Peninsula (Punta Brava), as well as those in Dubai and North Carolina, have either been abandoned or, at best, delayed to the point of undetermined completion dates.
To date, the only "course" completed by Tiger's design firm is the one that sits behind his Jupiter Island, Fla., house: a 3.5-acre short- and mid-range practice utopia.
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