Tiger Woods is finally about to make his "Hello, World!" debut as a golf course architect.
GOLF.com can exclusively reveal that Woods has begun construction on what appears certain to be his first ever completed golf course at Diamante, a high-end real estate enclave in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas. Ground was broken on the course -- to be called "El Cardonal," the original name of the former ranch on which it sits -- last month and it is expected to open in the spring of 2014.
Woods had previously signed three highly publicized course design contracts, but all of those projects ran aground during the global economic collapse.
With a construction budget of up to $12 million, Woods's El Cardonal layout will crisscross desert arroyos on the 1,500-acre property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In a statement emailed to GOLF.com, the 14-time major winner says he is determined to produce a course that lesser mortals can enjoy.
"I want to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all players, regardless of skill level," Woods wrote. "I've played in enough pro-ams to know that not every golfer is a scratch player. Creating wide landing areas and avoiding forced carries whenever possible allow all golfers, even beginners, to keep the ball in play and have more fun."
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