- Tiger's ability to stay true to his wedding vows
- Tiger's PR Team on how to handle a crisis
Either way, each of the above has began it's rehab process. And much like Tiger's behavior problems, his PR team has a long way to go.
The 'Edsel' of PR machines has cranked up it's engine and has released a few tidbits of info this week to the media. The tone they are trying to set is that Tiger is working at getting back to hitting balls on the range at his home course, Isleworth Country Club.
As you would expect, Isleworth is not exactly a 'public access' golf course. It is in a gated community in the Orlando suburbs. If you've ever noticed, when introduced on the tee he officially lists his hometown as "Windermere, Florida". But you actually might be surprised at how much play Isleworth gets, especially this time of year. For comparisons, I could name 5 or 6 Jacksonville area Country Clubs that get less play.
Considering how private (apparently also secretive) Tiger wants to keep his life, I've always found this curious.
Anyhow, fellow TOUR players JB Holmes and Charles Howell III have gone on the record as saying they've seen Tiger hitting balls 'on the other end of the range' this week.
Now...when most golfers read this, they envision the typical set-up of every golf course they've played. They show up at the golf shop, check-in, then head to the range, which is usually visible from the golf shop. And in cases it's not within eyesight of the golf shop, it is at least by the 1st tee. So...one's imagination is that a guy with a red sweatshirt has a pocketful of range tokens and is surrounded by empty ball buckets.
Not quite. Not Isleworth.
You see...Isleworth's basic set-up is not unlike many courses. At the doorstep of the fantastic pro shop/clubhouse at Isleworth (complete with numerous GIANT screen tv's, a full size basketball court/hoop, golf simulators...all INSIDE the clubhouse/men's grill) are the greens for the 18th and 9th greens, and the 1st and 10th tees.
But the driving range? Nowhere in sight.
As you can see in the images I've attached, you must drive over 1/3 mile down Payne Stewart Drive to Deacon Circle (which surrounds the entire range) to reach the driving range. Another unique feature you'll notice in the pictures is that the range is on its own 'island', and not in any way to be used as a 'drive through' within the neighborhood.
Upon these discoveries it makes more sense why Tiger chooses to live in this neighborhood. Upon a quick google search I was able to get the address of Tiger's house via FHP records, and I've marked it on the map.
Probable reasons Tiger has picked this location for his house:
- There is no reason for any person but one (his neighbor to the South) in the entire neighborhood to pass by Tiger's house, unless they are going to the South end of the range in their golf cart.
- His house is right next to the 'far end' tee box, thus giving him some seclusion.
- He has his own tee box on the range, right next to his house. (An aside: it looks as if there is wear in the grass where Tiger may park his cart. Can you imagine an assistant from the Pro Shop being sent out to tell Tiger, "um...ahem...sir? Could you please keep your carts on the paths and off the curbed areas? Thanks."
As a fan of the game, I look forward to seeing Tigers apply his skills again on the course, sooner than later I hope. The shame he has brought upon himself will be with him forever...when they one day compile the recap of his career, it will undoubtably contain at least the mention of his 'transgressions', and he only has himself to blame. Not fame, not fortune.
As a father of two young boys, I hope that he will gain enough humility to cease the club throwing and cursing during rounds. I have my doubts that this will happen...because as a rule, people don't change.
Yet, as both, here's to hoping he can add a few more "better than most" on course moments. It'll be a bit easier to explain to my two sons why Tiger's picture is on TV...