Tiger Woods to open first public course at Big Cedar Lodge

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Tiger Woods reveals first course design for the public at Missouri's Big Cedar Lodge Resort.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 12:26 p.m.

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

The name of the 19-hole course -- that's right, "19" -- will be "Payne's Valley," a tribute to the late Payne Stewart, a three-time major winner who was born in Springfield, Missouri.

Along with the big course, slated to open in 2019, Woods will also design a par-3 course for guests of Big Cedar Lodge.

Woods teased the announcement in a tweet on April 12:

Woods was at Big Cedar Lodge for Tuesday's announcement, along with Johnny Morris, owner of the resort and founder of Bass Pro Shops, as well as Stewart's widow, Tracey and Tom Lehman.

As a designer, Woods has completed two courses: Bluejack National near Houston, Texas and Diamante's El Cardonal in Mexico.  

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.