Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has enlisted Tiger Woods and his firm, TGR Design, to build Trout National-The Reserve in Vineland, N.J. In addition to an 18-hole golf course, the club will also include a practice range, short-game area, clubhouse, lodging and wedding chapel.
Tiger Woods and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout are joining forces to build a new private golf club in Vineland, N.J., ESPN reported. Trout National-The Reserve will feature an 18-hole course that will be designed by Woods and his firm, TGR Design.
Trout was born and raised in the area, which is about 40 miles south of Philadelphia, ESPN reported. Construction is scheduled to begin this year with a possible opening in 2025.
The club will also include a practice range, short-game area, clubhouse, lodging and wedding chapel, according to a news release.
Trout grew up in Millville, N.J., about 7 miles from the location of the course, ESPN reported. He and his wife, Jessica, still live in the area, as do his parents, siblings and in-laws.
“I could put down roots anywhere in the country, but Jessica and I make south Jersey our off-season home and always cherish the time we get to spend there,” Trout said in a news release. “I love south Jersey and I love golf, so creating Trout National-The Reserve is a dream come true. And then to add to that we’ll have a golf course designed by Tiger? It’s just incredible to think that this project has grown to where we’re going to be working with someone many consider the greatest and most influential golfer of all time.”
Local businesspeople John and Lorie Ruga are also partners in the project, ESPN reported.
“I’ve always enjoyed watching Mike on the diamond so when the opportunity arose to work with him on Trout National-The Reserve, I couldn’t pass it up,” Woods said in a statement. “It’s a great site for golf and our team’s looking forward to creating a special course for Mike, Jessica, John and Lorie.”
The golf course will be built on the location of a former silica sand mine, according to the release, ESPN reported.
Trout isn’t the first celebrity to own his own golf course, ESPN reported. NBA legend Michael Jordan owns The Grove XXIII in Hobe Sound, Fla.; actor/director Clint Eastwood built and owns Tehama Golf Club in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California; and country music legend George Strait previously had a stake in Tapatio Springs Golf Resort in Boerne, Texas. Pop star Justin Timberlake also owned and sold Mirimichi in Millington, Tennessee, a course he played as a child.
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