When Tiger Woods gave us his most recent status report on his recovery from back surgery about a week ago, he also gave us a little update on some of his golf course design projects that showed he's remained quite busy during his enforced absence from the PGA Tour.
His design project in Mexico – El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas – "continues to progress well," he wrote in a blog post on his website. And on Thursday, he tweeted out a photo of himself standing on the seventh hole of the course near the tip of Baja California.
"The front nine has been grassed, as well as a few holes on the back nine," he added. "I'm looking forward to finalizing the shaping on the last few holes when I get back onsite next month. I'm thrilled with how it's turning out, and I'll share some photos with you from my next visit."
When it's finished, El Cardonal will join the existing Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas – and Tiger has his work cut out for him. Designed by Davis Love III, the Dunes Course is ranked No. 52 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World list.
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But where Love's creation is "reminiscent of a classic Scottish links course," according to the Diamante website, Tiger's course "will remind golfers of the old-style California courses that Tiger grew up playing."
Golfers "will have several options to navigate each hole, and proper strategic decision making will be rewarded," the site says. "The existing arroyos [canyons] that traverse the site and well-placed fairway bunkers will provide ample risk-reward opportunities off the tees."
"I set up the golf strategy to make golfers think and make choices," Woods says on the site. "Regardless of your handicap, there are going to be different ways to play every hole. Angles of approach are going to be very important and will dictate the type of shots you should consider. I love this kind of golf."
The course is set to open this fall, according to the site.