Tiger Woods to Help Design PGA-Level Links in Chicago

AT&T National tournament host Tiger Woods, the top-ranked golfer in the world with 14 major victories on his resume, competes in the third annual Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am on July 1 at Congressional Country Club. He dedicates the tournament to the men and women of the U.S. military. (Photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs)

Two less-then-stellar golf courses on the South Side of Chicago are queued for a serious face-lift, and one of golf’s most shining stars is pitching in.

Tiger Woods has promised to bring his unique expertise to bare on the planned renovation of the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses; an overhaul with a projected $30 million price tag.

The project is being sponsored by the Western Golf Association in partnership with a non-profit group, the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance (CPGA). The goal is to transform the two courses into one championship-level beauty nestled along the lakeshore with aspirations to one day host a PGA tour event, perhaps the BMW Championship.

“This project can create incredible possibilities for the community on the South Side,” Woods said. “We want to design a course that everyone will enjoy.”

Woods heads a design firm, TGR Design.

The changes to the courses are expected to be initiated this coming spring, with hopes that the championship course can open by 2020. There are also hopes to open a short course or a par-3 course, also to open in 2020.