Jupiter Island Practice Facility
Tiger Woods had long hoped to have a practice facility to hone his short and mid-range games. When he moved to Jupiter Island in 2006, he decided to make this dream a reality. He designed and built a complex with one goal in mind: replicating tournament-like conditions, similar to those he faced around the world.
Tiger started with a flat, 3.5-acre area, and, teaming with TGR Design, directed its design, layout, and shaping. The result is a practice facility of tournament-conditioned turf and bunkering that recreates the look, feel, and playability of various major courses. Using a variety of turf found on the PGA TOUR, the design allows Tiger to hit almost any shot of 150 yards or less to one of four unique greens.Download Course Rendering (PDF)
The facility also has a “wedge range,” where shots of 85 to 145 yards can be repeated to improve distance control from the fairway and rough. There are four putting greens that can be used as different par-3 short courses to practice scoring.
Tiger also designed the four greens’ complexes and surrounds to work on a variety of putting and recovery shots. Each green has unique contouring, creating options to practice a variety of putts, and speed can be controlled to imitate tournament conditions. Tiger designed each green’s complex with a different style of bunker, and they have sand specifically chosen to replicate that which Tiger might face at major tournaments.
TGR Design’s goal is to employ environmentally friendly techniques. The Jupiter Island Practice Facility was built to take advantage of unused, brackish water. It is non-potable, pumped from over 1,200 feet below the surface, and filtered through an on-site reverse osmosis plant. This makes the water safe for turf grasses and landscape materials and saves significant water each year.