Tiger Woods’ playing days on the world’s fairways are limited these days due to injuries that keep him short, but the superstar golfer is not sitting still and is now establishing a business empire on which he can focus his attention in the future.
The 47-year-old Woods’ latest project is a giant indoor golf center that occupies an entire block in Manhattan in New York and also has several eateries and bars.
The new development, once a bank, will be known as T-Squared Social Club and is a stone’s throw from the famous Grand Central station.
Woods’ partner in the project is none other than the world-famous musician Justin Timberlake, who is a big golf fan and, like Woods, annually hosts his own tournament on the American PGA series.
T-Squared’s doors open on Wednesday and there will be four of the very latest golf simulators where players can take on more than 100 of the world’s leading golf courses.
An enormous bowling alley, bars and four different dining spaces will ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The world’s largest TV screen, believed to be more than five meters wide, will together with around 50 other screens ensure that visitors from everywhere can see whatever is being broadcast.
Woods and Timberlake are reportedly planning to spend hundreds of millions to develop several similar projects across the US.
Timberlake recently also became an investor in Woods and Rory McIlroy’s virtual golf company, TMRW.
TMRW, in consultation with the American PGA series, launched a virtual golf league after the controversial LIV series was established earlier.
The league, which will be called the TGL League, starts next year. It will be decided on Mondays and broadcast live on TV.
Aside from Timberlake, tennis star Serena Williams, basketball player Steph Curry and golfers Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas are some of the other celebrities who have also thrown their weight behind the TGL league.
*Timberlake is also a partner of Woods, SA golf star Ernie Els and British businessman Joe Lewis in the exclusive Albany golf development in New Providence in the Bahama island group.
Woods’ Hero World Challenge Tournament is held annually at the Albany Resort on the prestigious championship course designed by Els.
Lewis was recently in the news after being arrested for insider trading.
The 86-year-old British businessman is worth more than R120 billion and the two exclusive golf estates in Florida where dozens of famous international golf stars live, Lake Nona and Isleworth, were the brainchild of Lewis.
He owns more than 200 properties in 15 countries.
Until October, Lewis was also the majority shareholder in the English football club Tottenham Hotspur.
However, he has placed his shares in a family trust and is not a beneficiary of this trust which looks after the well-being of his family.
- Additional source: Golf.com