Tiger Woods has been trying his hand at golf course design, and his latest project is a big one. Turning Chicago’s legendary Jackson Park Golf Course into a PGA Tour quality design.
The new public course will essentially coincide with the (Barack) Obama Presidential Center. However, the course is on hold as Tiger Woods, Mike Keiser and their group await the overall plan of Jackson Park, more specifically, the traffic and road plans as it relates to the Presidential Center according to a source.
However, the source also tells me that they are confident that the Chicago course will be completed, despite the slight halt. According to Chicago native Keiser, he said that being in a land where state officials make decisions has put things on hold.
“It’s in bureaucrat land or politician land. … Bureaucracy and red tape in Wisconsin is nonexistent. They say: Build all the golf you want; it’s great for tourism.” Keiser said according to Golf Digest.
Nonetheless, it still seems like the overall confidence is there. There’s just a minor hiccup in the timing.
From a personal standpoint, being a Chicago area native myself, it would be phenomenal to see a spot as legendary as Jackson Park become a PGA Tour stop. The design of the course may change, but the history of the grounds will remain.
To bring PGA Tour golf to the third biggest city in the nation is huge. Not to mention, having Tiger Woods as the designer makes it that much more appealing.
In Illinois, the John Deere Classic is the only regular PGA Tour stop. There may soon be two stops.
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