I tipped you off seven months ago about Tiger designing a course at Cabo’s Diamante.
Now the official press release is out, and with it, the fawning stories from the mainstream media.
But amidst the cheerleading, there are two things I haven’t seen:
One, any sort of credit that we broke the story (thanks, esteemed colleagues).
And two, that this assignment might be a terrible idea for Tiger.
The problem is that Tiger didn’t get the best piece of property at Diamante to work with.
That went to Davis Love III, who designed Diamante’s original Dunes Course, which is utterly spectacular in part because it plays along the Pacific Ocean.
Tiger’s tract is more inland. Sure, golf architects and shapers can do amazing things nowadays, but building more ocean frontage — and the sensory factors that come with it — isn’t one of them.
This is the main reason I think, as good as Tiger’s course may be, it will always play second fiddle to Love’s, and it’s why he should have passed on the project.
Assuming this will be his first completed golf course anywhere in the world, you wouldn’t think he’d want it upstaged by a sibling rival.
Let me be clear: I think a Tiger Woods golf course is a coup for Diamante, its homeowners and members, and anyone else who gets to play there.
But for Tiger’s ego and personal brand? Not so much.
What do you think? Is this another example of questionable decision making from Tiger? That he’s OK with not being No. 1 anymore? Something else?
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