Tiger Woods to design new golf course in southwest Missouri

Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that his first design for a public golf course will be at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.

Payne's Valley at Big Cedar Lodge Resort is a 19-hole course that pays tribute to the late Payne Stewart, a three-time major victor who was born in nearby Springfield, in Southwest Missouri.

Tiger Woods says he plans to design an 18-hole golf course south of Branson, Mo.

Tiger and his team will also build a short course at Big Cedar Lodge.

According to TGR Design, Woods has designed or overseen completion of 10 golf courses around the world, among them: Diamante's El Cardonalin in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Bluejack National near Houston, Texas; Jack's Bay at Rock Sound, Bahamas; and the Jupiter Island Practice Facility in Jupiter, Florida. Our goal is to create an environment we think people will enjoy. "I've traveled all around the world and played all around the world, but when it comes down to it, it's about working with the people you want to work with".

Woods said he was attracted to the project because of his long friendship with Morris and a desire to honor Stewart. "That to me determines success". To be able to have the opportunity to come to this awesome piece of property, it means so much to me to have this opportunity.

Morris called Woods, a 119-time victor between the PGA and European Tour, "the grandest ambassador" of golf. "You wouldn't be opposed to that Tiger?"

Stewart's widow, Tracey, was among several attendees of the news conference, calling the development a "wonderful tribute" to her late husband.

"I've never been opposed to that", Woods answered with a broad smile. "His sisters still live in Springfield and it's just such an honor for our family".

"It's around the corner now", said Woods of that Champions Tour spot.

"The back is progressing", Woods said. "I know that he's looking down from heaven today and is so proud". Big Cedar Lodge is the home to this week's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf event on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and is already a beehive of new golf activity.

  • Julie Sanders