Tiger Woods to build first golf course in Montgomery

The golf megastar is making his national debut as a golf course designer in Montgomery, Texas (KTRK)
May 1, 2014 5:59:44 PM PDT
It's not much to see now, but soon an overgrown golf course and the community around it will undergo a major transformation. And that's largely because the man designing the course is arguably the best player ever to swing a golf club.

Fifteen years ago, the Montgomery area was just starting out, and golf courses were struggling to keep their doors open. But we're told times are changing and big names are promising big things for the community.

For a golfer there's nothing like a gorgeous spring day to swing a club, and nothing like the name of Tiger Woods to bring excitement to the game.

"He's a huge sports name and been that 15 years, 20 years now. He's very competent in everything that he does," golfer Frank Smorthein said.

The golf megastar will now make his national debut as a golf course designer in the Houston area. Not too long ago, he came to the city to survey the site.

The new Bluejack National golf course will take the place of the old Blaketree National Golf Club, which was forced to shut its doors several years ago.

"The golf course was truthfully isolated, somewhat difficult to get to," former pro-player Mancil Davis said.

"It's just not in an area that was very well traveled," said Casey Wade, head golf pro at High Meadow Ranch.

But things are different now. Casey Wade from the neighboring High Meadow Ranch Golf Club says the new course will be a huge hit not only because of the name attached to it but because of the area's growth.

"This area is growing by leaps and bounds. I know that a couple of subdivisions that are being built, that are 700-home subdivisions, here in the next few years," Wade said.

The Bluejack National will be part of a 755-acre development that will include an 18-hole golf course, a short course and a golf performance center.

Construction for the golf course is slated to begin this summer. It's expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.