Woods to Design Course in Mexico

Though he's still recuperating from knee surgery, Tiger Woods hasn't stopped from extending his budding golf course design business. This week in Los Angeles Woods announced he'll be designing a private 18-hole course near the Mexican resort town of Ensenada.

The 6,835-yard, par-70 layout will be built within a high-end community named Punta Brava ("Wild Point"). It'll be Woods' first design in Latin America, and his third overall, joining Al Ruwaya Golf Course at the Tiger Woods Dubai in the Mideast and The Cliffs at High Carolina in Asheville, N.C. The Dubai layout is slated to open in late 2009, with the Cliffs' in mid-2010.

If all goes well, Punta Brava will be completed in 2011. The property is along a rocky spit delineated by the Pacific Ocean and the Bay of Todos Santos. From its peak 1,200 feet above the ocean, the 264-acre site runs down a steep mountain to the coast. Every hole will offer Pacific vistas. "As soon as I got on site, I was in," Woods said at a press conference at Hotel Bel-Air.

Woods visited the site three times during routing. On June 23, the day before his surgery to repair torn left-knee ligaments, he was in Mexico, surveying Punta Brava by foot and finalizing the routing. "Tiger's a perfectionist," said Brian Tucker, a principal in the Flagship Group, which is developing Punta Brava. "He'd just keep working the routing and working it."

In addition to the course, the estimated $100 million project involves 40 housing lots, which will carry price tags of between $3 million and $12 million each. The property will also have 18 villas, 60 "partnership" units and a private hotel with 20 villas.

One of the Flagship Group's partners is Red McCombs, the Texas auto baron who founded Clear Channel Communications and once owned the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. McCombs said he was at initially uncertain about investing in Punta Brava. "I wasn't especially turned on," the billionaire said. "Then they told me there was a good chance that Tiger would be involved. I said, 'Forget it. It's over. I'm in.' "