The $150 million mixed-use golf community will likely include an 18-hole golf course designed by Tiger Woods, who worked with Beacon Land Development on Bluejack National, which recently opened in Montgomery, Texas.
Tiger Woods spent a day recently in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., where he is considering designing a golf course on 1,229 acres as part of a project by Dallas-based Beacon Land Development, the Nashville-based Tennessean reported.
Woods liked what he saw on March 4, Beacon president Mike Abbott said, and remains open to working on the project that is part of a $150 million mixed-use golf community called Two Farms at Thompson’s Station, the Tennessean reported.
“Tiger fell in love with the property,” Abbott said. “Tiger believes that golf is going to transition into being played more on the ground. So the way this property just naturally rolls and the way it kind of moves up and down in a real natural way and how it has low groves of trees and how it creates some of the canopy and the corridors, he was surprised with what he saw. It was a great day and a great visit.”
Abbott said the goal of the visit to Williamson County was to take Woods’ interest in designing the 18-hole course to another level, and that was achieved, the Tennessean reported.
“It’s kind of in our court now,” Abbott said. “We had Tiger’s initial interest, and now we have greater interest from his group. Tiger is a really hands-on guy. Things are moving in the right direction.”
Bryon Bell, president of Tiger Woods Design, accompanied Woods on the visit and said the area is an ideal location for a new golf course. “It’s clear Thompson’s Station is a vibrant community that loves golf, and Tiger has a real vision for what he thinks he could add,” Bell said.
Thompson’s Station Mayor Corey Napier spent time with Woods and Abbott on the visit and came away convinced his city would benefit from the course, the Tennessean reported.
“I think it’s very cool to have Beacon and Tiger interested in this part of Tennessee and in particular Thompson’s Station,” Napier said. “I spent a little bit of time with Tiger while he looked at the land, and I think that being a guy from California and living in Florida, he has a new appreciation for Middle Tennessee topography since he saw it in 3-D, if you will. My takeaway was that he really loved the canvas on which he could work, and I was thrilled to see him be excited about this opportunity.”
Woods already designed an 18-hole course at Bluejack National, which C&RB featured in its January 2016 cover story.
“We just opened up Bluejack National together, so there’s a real good understanding of what we’re both trying to accomplish, and we’re very much aligned,” Abbott said.
“Beacon has a fantastic track record of putting quality projects together, and we would love to be a part of this one (at Thompson’s Station),” Bell said.
News was made at Bluejack National last week when Woods was on-hand to open a 10-hole par 3 layout for kids there and an 11-year-old made a hole-in-one. “Inaugural shot and he holes it!” Woods shouted.