31 Mar 2023

The golf course design company of 15-time major champion Tiger Woods has announced a fascinating new project with American baseball star Mike Trout. TGR Design has been engaged to create a championship golf course in Vineland, New Jersey which is the home town of the Los Angeles Angels MLB player.

To be known as Trout National – The Reserve, the golf complex is set to feature a short course, expansive putting green and performance centre, along with the championship layout and accommodation facilities. Work is expected to begin on Trout National this year, with a tentative opening set for 2025.

Mike Trout is a 10-time MLB All-Star player, who plays professionally in California but has a home close to the area the course will be built. He is apparently a keen golfer, and described to Sports Illustrated magazine how the Tiger Woods connection came about.

Said Trout of the development, It’s pretty incredible having a chance to own your own golf course. 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.”

Trout explained that Tiger Woods was his golfing hero as a youngster, and when he decided to build his own course he thought it was worth making contact. As Trout explains, “my favorite golfer growing up obviously was Tiger. I thought it would be pretty cool to reach out. We reached out, got a positive vibe when we mentioned it and got his team down to the site. Once Tiger’s team came down to the site, they loved it. It’s surreal. I mean, it’s friggin’ Tiger! We talk now. I’m starting to get to know him. I talk to him over the telephone. It’s pretty crazy.”

TGR Design announced the project with the following news:

TGR Design will bring a unique championship golf course experience to southern New Jersey with Trout National – The Reserve.

Set among gentle rolling hills, the course will seamlessly weave between two distinct settings that include a former quarry and rambling farmland. The sandy site was once home to a silica sand mine which will be evident throughout the round with ample playable sandy waste areas strategically found throughout the routing, giving a distinct character

Trout National – The Reserve will be highly strategic in nature as sprawling fairways will offer multiple routes from tee to green. Undulating green complexes with low-cut surrounds will further emphasize the challenging, yet fun-focused design where risk-reward opportunities will be presented throughout the round to create an ideal match play environment. The unique nature of the course will promote creative shot making and optionality, qualities will be underscored with a striking par three match hole inspired by the club co-founder and MLB All-Star, Mike Trout, featuring multiple tee and green options.

Accompanying the 18-hole championship golf course, the golf offerings at Trout National – The Reserve will also include a flexible short course and expansive putting course along with world-class practice facilities and performance center. Other club highlights include a modern state-of-the-art clubhouse, five-star lodging, innovative amenities, a wedding chapel and more.

Woods noted in a press release announcing the development, that he was also a fan of Mike Trout the Baseballer. Woods said, 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. It’s a great site for golf and our team’s looking forward to creating a special course for Mike, Jessica, John and Lorie.”


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