Trout National reveals routing for new TGR Design course

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    The TGR Design routing for Trout National – The Preserve in southern New Jersey

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    The site’s history as a sand mine is evident with large waste areas throughout the routing

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    TGR Design

    Water comes into play, including for a near-island green at the par-three eighth

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    Tiger Woods and Mike Trout on site at Trout National

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Tiger Woods’ firm TGR Design has completed a course routing for Trout National – The Reserve in southern New Jersey.

The club is a venture by 10-time Major League Baseball All-Star Mike Trout and New Jersey business owners John and Lorie Ruga.

The 7,455-yard course is being built on a site that was previously a silica sand mine, and TGR Design’s routing reveals large sandy waste areas throughout the routing, notably at holes two, three, four and twelve.

“Mike and John found a site with a lot of character to make some outstanding golf holes,” said Woods. “The sandy and diverse terrain has so many great natural features that have given us a lot of options on how to create a world-class golf course.” 

Ruga said: “The land that is home to Trout National – The Reserve has great history here in the city of Vineland. Tiger and his team were able to incorporate the history and let the land shine through in this championship golf course. It will truly be a memorable experience on the course.”

Wide fairways offering multiple routes from tee to green, notably at the par-five second, par-four tenth and par-five eighteenth. Greens are large and undulating with low-cut surrounds that transition into the teeing area for the following hole. Water comes into play at the par-three eighth, the 525-yard tenth and 585-yard eighteenth.

“Some of my favourite golf experiences have been ones that have challenged my game while still having fun and that’s what we wanted to create at Trout National – The Reserve,” said Trout. “Tiger, John and I walked hole by hole and this course will do just that. Our vision, and his design, is to create something special here in my hometown.”

Trout National will also have a short course, a putting green, state-of-the-art practice facilities, a performance centre, five-star lodging, chapel and more.

The project is expected to be completed in 2025.