Mike Trout has partnered with Tiger Woods to build a championship golf course in Vineland, the three-time American League Most Valuable Player announced on social media on Monday morning.
“We promised you all a big announcement and here it is! We are so excited to be able to make a longtime dream of mine a reality, with none other than @TigerWoods and @tgrdesignbytw,” the 2009 Millville High School graduate wrote. “We can’t wait to share more updates with you as we create Trout National – The Reserve.”
Trout has partnered with Northeast Precast of Vineland to build the course and plans to open in 2025, according to Sports Illustrated.
John Ruga, president of Northeast Precast, is developing a course between Sheridan Avenue and Route 55, according to Vineland Recreation Superintendent Dale Elbeuf, but he had no knowledge if that was the property being worked on with Trout and Woods.
“It’s pretty incredible having a chance to own your own golf course,” Trout said, via Sports Illustrated. “Getting Tiger to design it is crazy. If you had told me before that this would happen one day, I would have said you are crazy. It’s more than I ever thought possible.”
“I’ve always watched Mike on the diamond so when an opportunity arose to work with him on Trout National – The Reserve, I couldn’t pass it up,” Woods said in a press release, per Sports Illustrated. “It’s a great site for golf and our team’s looking forward to creating a special course for Mike, Jessica, John and Lorie (Ruga).”
The course will also have a practice range, short-game area, clubhouse, restaurant, lodging and a wedding chapel, according to Sports Illustrated.
“I feel like when you go into this golf course, when you pull into the front gate, you want to be excited about just enjoying your day,” Trout said, via Sports Illustrated. “It’s an escape.”
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
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