In an exciting development for golf enthusiasts in Vineland, New Jersey, two sports legends, baseball player Mike Trout and golfer Tiger Woods, have announced their plans to collaborate on the opening of a new golf course.
This joint venture aims to bring a world-class golfing experience to the local community and attract visitors from near and far. With the expertise and passion of these two renowned athletes, the golf course is set to become a premier destination for golfers of all skill levels.
The course, which will be named Trout National – The Reserve, will be 18-holes and is slated to open in 2025. Construction on the course will begin this year, and it’s being designed by TGR Design, which is Woods’ golf course architecture firm.
The vision for this new golf course is to create a haven for golfers, where they can enjoy the sport amidst picturesque surroundings and impeccable course design. Trout and Woods share a mutual love for golf and are determined to provide an exceptional experience for players. Their combined knowledge and expertise in their respective sports will undoubtedly shape the course into something truly extraordinary.
Trout grew up in Millville, N.J., seven miles from the location of the course. Local businesspeople John and Lorie Ruga are also partners with Trout and Woods on the project. “I could put down roots anywhere in the country, but Jessica and I make South Jersey our offseason home and always cherish the time we get to spend there,” Trout said. “I love South Jersey and I love golf, so creating Trout National — The Reserve is a dream come true.”
“And then to add to that we’ll have a golf course designed by Tiger? It’s just incredible to think that this project has grown to where we’re going to be working with someone many consider the greatest and most influential golfer of all time.”
The course, which is being built on the site of a former silica sand mine, will have a practice range, short-game area, clubhouse, restaurant, lodging and wedding chapel, among other amenities.
“We’re going to be doing some really cool things from a service and offering standpoint,” Trout continued. “Although plans aren’t finalized quite yet, I’ll put it to you this way — this will not be your grandparents’ country club.”
To complement the golfing experience, the new golf course will offer exceptional dining options that cater to diverse tastes. From casual fare to gourmet cuisine, golfers will have an array of choices to satisfy their appetites after a rewarding day on the course. The culinary offerings will reflect the local flavors of Vineland, ensuring a delightful culinary journey for all visitors.
The Trout/Woods duo have tabbed one of the nation’s truly gifted kitchen designers for the new project. Connecticut designing dealer HAFSCO has been tabbed to handle the design build of the Reserves’ food and beverage operation. Led by noted kitchen designer, Tom Capobianco, the HAFSCO team has created award winning club dining facilities throughout the Northeast. From legendary clubs Winged Foot and Baltusrol, club managers have looked to Capobianco to help create their culinary visions. HAFSCO is known for their unique approach to the operation of a la cart and catering kitchen lines.
Vineland, New Jersey, is known for its stunning natural landscapes, and the new golf course aims to showcase the area’s beauty. With careful consideration for the environment, the course will be designed to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding natural elements, offering players breathtaking views and a sense of tranquility as they navigate the fairways.
As one of the greatest golfers of all time, Tiger Woods brings his unrivaled expertise in course design to this project. Known for his strategic approach to the game, Woods will work closely with the design team to create a challenging yet enjoyable course layout. Every hole will be meticulously crafted to provide a unique and memorable experience for golfers.
To pay homage to Mike Trout’s baseball career, the golf course will incorporate subtle baseball-themed elements throughout. These design touches will serve as a nod to Trout’s passion for the sport and add a touch of uniqueness to the overall golfing experience. From tee markers shaped like baseballs to strategically placed memorabilia, these elements will create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for players and fans alike.
The golf course will feature a state-of-the-art clubhouse designed to provide golfers with a luxurious and comfortable setting. From the moment players step inside, they will be greeted by elegant decor, spacious lounges, and top-notch amenities. The clubhouse will serve as a central hub for golfers to gather, relax, and share their love for the sport.
“I’ve always enjoyed watching Mike on the diamond so when the opportunity arose to work with him on Trout National — The Reserve, I couldn’t pass it up,” Woods added. “It’s a great site for golf and our team’s looking forward to creating a special course for Mike, Jessica, John and Lorie.”