Tigers' $50-million bachelor pad now finished

Nov 17 2010 - 6:01pm

Tiger Woods can spend his two-week break between last weekend's fourth-place finish in the Australian Masters and the 18-player Chevron World Challenge brushing up on his game, driving, chipping and putting to his heart's content outside his new $50 million singles pad.

In between, he can do laps in one of his pools or relax in the oxygen therapy room that is part of a personal gym.

The lush island town has stamped the paperwork as completed on the nearly 10,000-square-foot, two-story home at the south end of the town, which means that -- if Woods hasn't already done so -- he can now move in.

Woods, who has fallen to No. 2 in the world rankings behind Lee Westwood, hasn't publicly announced his intentions for the 12-acre parcel he retained as part of his highly publicized divorce with ex-wife Elin Nordegren in August.

Nor are town officials commenting on its latest millionaire taxpayer.

"It's a private residence," Town Manager Gene Rauth said.

Woods' non-homesteaded property received a tax bill for $595,797.23, up more than $130,000 from what he paid a year ago. He purchased the land in three deals worth $44.5 million during 2006 and 2007.

Woods' personal life has been fodder for salacious gossip since he crashed his car outside his Orlando home last Nov. 27. Subsequent revelations of infidelity eventually ended his five-year marriage to Nordegren.

Golfing fans can now speculate about the green and bunkers designed by Cumming, Ga.-based Medalist Golf, Inc., which designed the exclusive McArthur Golf Course in Hobe Sound.

Jeff Lichtenstein, a luxury real estate broker from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. was struck by the golfing amenities.

"It's all golf course," Lichtenstein said.

He had expressed curiosity in a blog about the type of grass planted, speculating that he may have to switch grasses until he finds a good mix, and surprise that there is only a single green.

"It appears he has one tee box in the southeast corner to hit drivers," Lichtenstein wrote. "The entire area just west of the lap pool can be used to hit long, medium and short irons into any of the four greens. Each green is guarded by a single trap, except the green in the northwest corner, which appears to have three pot bunkers. Tiger has enough open space to practice his short game from any angle, any wind condition, which really appears what this practice area is all about."

The Realtor in Lichtenstein comes out when he added that, "Usually, homeowners want to be very close to the water, but I believe Tiger wanted his practice area close to the water, so he reversed the norm, creating another unique signature estate among the Jupiter Island homes."

 

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