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Tiger to design own course in North Carolina

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Two days after winning his 13th major title, Tiger Woods announced plans for the design of his first golf course in the United States.

Tiger Woods of the U.S. celebrates making his birdie putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the 89th PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma August 12, 2007. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The world number one, who launched his own design company last year and has a project under way in Dubai, will be creating a layout at The Cliffs at High Carolina near Asheville.

“My goal is to design a handful of very unique courses around the world and The Cliffs is a perfect fit for my first American design,” Woods told reporters at the picturesque site in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“Seeing what they’ve created with some of the world’s best designers is very inspiring and I’m looking forward to adding my own style into the mix.”

The Cliffs at High Carolina is the eighth community within a collection of private, master-planned residential developments in the Carolina Preserve.

Woods will be following in the footsteps of renowned designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Fazio who have already produced Signature Golf Courses in the area.

“When I first visited High Carolina, I loved the site and the spectacular 50-mile views of the Asheville area and the Blue Ridge Mountains,” Woods said.

MOUNTAIN VIEWS

“When I got to the top of the mountain and looked across those meadows, I knew this would be the site of my first American design. I hope this will become one of the most talked about views in the country.

“The land lends itself to a walking golf course.” the 31-year-old American added. “Walking is integral to golf, and it will be very unique to have a walking golf course at elevations up to 4,000 feet.”

Woods, who clinched his 59th PGA Tour title by two shots at the PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday, created Tiger Woods Design last November.

He announced his first project the following month, a development in Dubai that will include a 7,700-yard, par-72 championship course, golf academy, clubhouse and 80-suite hotel. It is scheduled for completion in late 2009.

“There are golfers everywhere who may never get a chance to play a links course in Scotland, a tree-lined course in America or the sand belts of Australia,” Woods said.

“Hopefully I can bring some of those elements into their backyards. I’ve been working very hard over the last decade to get a feel for all kinds of courses and really understand the best elements of design.”

Tiger Woods Design is based in Windermere, Florida.

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