Tiger "Lead Designer" On Jackson Park After Call From Obama

The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein reports that Tiger Woods became involved in Mark Rolfing's effort to merge the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses after a call from the President.

Greenstein writes:

An initial routing plan obtained by the Tribune has the No. 1 tee box at Jackson Park, not far from the planned $500 million Barack Obama Presidential Center. Sources said President Obama became personally involved in the Jackson Park/South Shore project when he placed a call to Woods, encouraging him to serve as lead designer.

Woods has designed six courses. His latest, BlueJack National outside Houston, was named best new private course of 2016 by Golf Digest.

The Jackson Park/South Shore course will stretch to between 7,300 and 7,600 yards, with plans for a tee shot over the beach just east of the South Shore Cultural Center.

"The course will have tremendous shot values, which is obviously very important to Tiger," said Rolfing, who spearheaded the project and will lead the CPGA. "This will be his first design that gets tested in competition; what his colleagues and peers think will be important to him."

Noteworthy in Greenstein's piece is the branding of Woods as "lead designer." I'm not sure if that suggests a group effort and lesser role for him compared to the typical Woods project, but either way it should be a fun project to track.