|Tee I (W)||72||6959 yards||74.1||125|
|Tee I||72||6959 yards||73.1||123|
|Tee II||72||6688 yards||72.2||122|
|Tee II (W)||72||6688 yards||73.3||124|
|Tee III (W)||72||6178 yards||71.7||123|
|Tee III||72||6178 yards||70.7||121|
|Tee IV||72||5224 yards||66.1||111|
|Tee IV (W)||72||5224 yards||67.1||113|
|Frank Tee (W)||72||3008 yards||60.0||100|
|Tiger M: 75.5/137||458||563||230||474||634||454||158||352||492||3815||462||623||200||530||390||206||492||337||497||3737||7552|
|Tee I M: 73.1/123 W: 74.1/125||428||533||211||432||582||412||137||318||452||3505||428||581||180||508||367||173||456||302||459||3454||6959|
|Tee II M: 72.2/122 W: 73.3/124||428||533||194||394||582||412||137||318||400||3398||428||523||159||508||367||173||413||302||417||3290||6688|
|Tee III M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123||371||479||194||394||531||349||124||289||400||3131||380||523||159||462||324||156||413||259||371||3047||6178|
|Tee IV M: 66.1/111 W: 67.1/113||320||429||141||334||468||246||102||260||347||2647||294||431||129||411||277||134||349||223||329||2577||5224|
|Frank Tee W: 60.0/100||180||235||95||182||271||173||84||124||191||1535||160||275||50||250||185||60||185||133||175||1473||3008|
Golf, Tiger-style north of Houston
The long-awaited US debut of Tiger Woods golf course design is here. Bluejack National, about an hour north of Houston, lies on the old Blaketree National property. But this is a brand new golf experience, and one that will rival the best private clubs in the state of Texas. The week we saw the course, there were plenty of Champions Tour players checking it out, as well as ex-pro athletes and other well-known folks in the state. The word is certainly getting out about this joint.
So what kind of design is Tiger out to deliver? For starters, you can tip out at over 7,500 yards, and driver is a good play 14 times. Fairways are generous. In fact, there is no rough, just a good amount of sand traps (shaped not unlike Augusta National). The only real water hazards to deal with are on two par 3s and the opening, elevated tee shot that wraps around a large lake.
There are also three short, potentially drivable par 4s, and one of them, the 8th is really difficult. It's a narrow green with bunkers on the left and a steep slope on the right. It took me several shots to get it on the green and I ended up with an 8. If there's a hole where members have a distinct advantage over their guests, it's this one. Greens are also pretty tough, sloping, firm and quick, and I would love a couple rounds on them to get the speed and break down a little better.
But the overall experience is pretty remarkable. The old Blake Cottage, at the 6th hole, is stocked full of sodas, snacks and adult libations. It's a very comfortable old house set under shady pines, and I suspect member rounds may end here once in awhile. On the back nine, there's a cook grilling up barbecue so you can have some smoked meats before playing the Golden Bell-inspired par-3 12th hole. The place personifies luxury, but in a laid-back Texas setting. I'll bet golfers play here barefoot once in awhile. The zoysia fairways certainly allow for it.
It's a really fun walk on some great property, and the design is very interesting from start to finish. Tiger's best days as a golfer are likely in the past, but I'm excited to see his design career unfold.
Tiger Woods' Bluejack National certainly a Masterful experience
Everybody knows about Tiger Woods' fondness for Augusta National, so it's no surprise that his first U.S. design, Bluejack National, is somewhat reminiscent of Augusta. Like Augusta used to be, there's no rough at Bluejack, turf conditions are near perfect, and there's plenty of room to drive the ball. There's also a little bit of elevation change. The ninth, for example, plays uphill, much like the ninth at Augusta, and the 12th with its green configuration, hazard in front and bunkering, might be as difficult as the par-3 12th in Georgia. But this isn't an overly difficult golf course. Play it from the tips, and it's plenty of tough, but you won't lose a ball out here unless you really hit it crooked or lay the sod on a shot over water. With the perfect zoysia fairways, it's hard not to make good contact with players of any kind of skill. The greens, which can run very fast with some difficult slopes, are where this golf course will keep you in check. Approaches that aren’t close to the hole bring in a lot of three-putt opportunities. Even then, this is a special course no matter what you score. And it's a special experience. Food and snacks are available throughout, practice facilities are top notch and service is among the best in the world.