Woods' new home nearly finished
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Having endured numerous personal and professional changes over the past 12 months, Tiger Woods is looking forward to another big one in the new year.
His long-anticipated move from the Orlando area to a Jupiter Island, Fla., mansion is likely to take place in the first quarter of 2011.
"I can't wait to get down there," Woods said at Sherwood Country Club on Thursday, where he took the first-round lead at the Chevron World Challenge.
In a brief interview with ESPN.com, Woods could not pinpoint an exact date, but after years of construction, it is finally within sight. "It depends on wiring, furniture, all that stuff," he said.
From a golf standpoint, the move will be significant.
Woods has lived in the gated Isleworth community outside of Orlando since turning pro in 1996. The highly regarded golf course, which is a short golf cart ride from Woods' home, is consistently ranked the most difficult in Florida by the Florida State Golf Association, with a slope rating of 142.
He has often remarked that it has been an ideal place to prepare for major championships.
Going forward, Woods will have some decisions to make about where to play and practice on Jupiter Island.
"The problem is, I don't have a place to play yet," he said. "I have to figure that out. I've got a nice practice facility in the backyard [at his new home]. As far as playing holes ... I don't have any holes to play. That's kind of an up-in-the-air deal. I'm trying to figure that out now. There are so many good places down there."
Woods does have several options, including The Medalist Club (designed by Greg Norman), The Bear's Club (a facility built by Jack Nicklaus) and the McArthur Golf Club in nearby Hobe Sound (where Nick Price has an interest).
Perhaps he will join more than one, although Woods admitted leaving Isleworth will be bittersweet.
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"I'm going to miss the members," he said. "There are a number of great guys there. A lot of the kids I've grown up with, helped teach, played golf with over the years -- I'm going to miss those guys, being able to get a game with them in the afternoon or go lift in the gym. There are some really good kids there. Really going to miss those guys."
He also won't be as close to his instructor, Sean Foley, who is based in Orlando.
"It's, like, 3 minutes to Isleworth," said Foley, who also noted he will still be just 2 hours and 10 minutes away once Woods moves. "It's not like going to an airport and getting on a plane. It's not a big deal."
"I'll just have to organize things a little more," Woods said. "That's all that is. I've done that [with previous instructors]. Hank [Haney] was in Dallas. Butch [Harmon] was in Vegas, and Houston before that. So it'll work."
Woods' new home will be on a 12-acre parcel located between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. He bought the property in 2006 and 2007 for $44.5 million, then endured zoning and permitting issues as he had the structures on the property razed so he could erect a new home.
As Woods referenced and as recent aerial photographs show, the property will have four practice greens with bunkers.
He will also not be far from his children, Samantha and Charlie. Although they are in Orlando now with Woods' ex-wife, Elin Nordegren told People magazine in August that she plans to move to the Jupiter area.
Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.
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