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Tiger Woods has been passionate about golf course design for longer than you might think

With news that Tiger Woods is helping in the redesign of the Peter Hay par-3 course at Pebble Beach, after the successful launch of Bluejack National outside of Houston and his course design business (TGR Design) in 2015, the 15-time major champion has successful added golf course architecture to his many outside-the-ropes endeavors.

Mind you, it should come as little surprise that Tiger would try his hand at course design. Avid Woods’ fans might recall that in 1987, an 11-year-old Tiger entered Golf Digest’s first Armchair Architect contest.

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Officially, he was too young to win, so he had his father mail it in. The entry was, well, lets just call it a unique U-shaped double-dogleg par 5 with an island tee, island traps and an island green.

In the latest edition of Golf Digest’s At Home With Tiger Woods video series (below), Tiger talks about the entry he submitted, explaining his thought process behind it and providing a fun glimpse back at his younger self. Spoiler alert: He didn’t win the competition that year. Had he, however, who knows what might have happened. Maybe instead of playing the game for a living he would have built courses. What an alternative history that might have become.