The Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., re-opens Monday after a Bobby Weed renovation of the original Pete Dye-Greg Norman design with a set of Tiger Tees, sod-wall bunkers and the second-highest slope and course rating in the country.
According to Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 75 Toughest Courses, only the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is tougher than Medalist from the tips that include the Tiger Tees on six of the holes. Club member Woods had no design input but signed off on them and let the club put his name on the tee markers.
The added length bumps Medalist up to 7,571 yards from the tips with a slope of 155 and course rating of 77.9, which puts it just ahead of Pine Valley and Oakmont. The Tiger Tees include par 4s of 499, 496, 494 on the front and 497 and 484 on the back, along with a 235-yard par 3.
The previous course record of 62, set by Woods (2011) and tied by Rickie Fowler (2012) was shot from the championship tees at 7,152 yards.
Tiger Tees: 7,515 yards (Championship Tees yardage is 7,242)
No. 1 499 (399); No. 2 496 (467); No. 9 494 (468); No. 10 462 (402); No. 13 632 (590); No. 15 497 (488); No. 16 235 (212); No. 18 484 (444)