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Is Tiger Woods teeing up a world-class golf course on the South Side?

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The PGA Tour could be coming to Chicago’s lakefront, with Tiger Woods reportedly committing to be the lead designer of a proposed 18-hole championship course on the city’s South Side. According to the Chicago Tribune, Woods will tee up a $30 million transformation of two Chicago Park District golf courses into a pro-level course capable of hosting PGA Tour events.

Renovation of the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses could begin this spring, including either a par-3 or a short course to go along with the planned championship course. "This project can create incredible possibilities for the community on the South Side,” Woods said in a statement released by TGR Design. “We want to design a course that everyone will enjoy."

The Tribune also reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday will announce the creation of a nonprofit tasked with expanding youth golf programs and upgrading park district golf courses and facilities. Named the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance, the organization will also be charged with raising money for the Tiger Woods-designed course, which will remain public and offer local residents discounted tee times.

The new Jackson Park/South Shore course could be ready to tee off on as early as 2020—you've got plenty of time to work on your swing.

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Gwen S

Make the course walking to encourage the use of caddies which will create more jobs and hopefully some Evan Scholars from the local area every year.