Bogey, bunker, stroke, divot, eagle, green, par, tiger…wait a second! Chances are if you’ve turned on the television, passed a magazine stand or listened to sports radio in the last two decades, you know exactly who Tiger Woods is and what he means to the world of golf. Making his professional debut at only 20 years old, Woods was deemed a child prodigy as soon as he could walk after appearing alongside his father on The Mike Douglas Show where he putted with the legendary Bob Hope. Four years later, Tiger won the Drive, Pitch and Putt competition at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress, California. By the age of 15, he had already won the Junior World Championship six times.
Making his professional debut at 20 years old in 1996, Woods has climbed the ranks to become one of the greatest golfers of all time with 14 major championships (only second to Jack Nicklaus’ 18 titles) and 79 PGA Tour wins. The youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam and the fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour, Woods has set and broken dozens of records over the last 20 years while earning the title as the highest paid athlete in the world with a net worth of an impressive $700 million thanks to his numerous wins and endorsement deals with industry giants like Nike, Buick, Electronic Arts and Rolex. Add in an international fan base and a huge scandal with his former wife Elin Nordegren and it’s no surprise why Woods is a golf superstar and a headline favorite.
So, with $700 million in the bank, many can’t help but wonder how exactly the Prince of Golf lives when he’s not busy making history on the greens. As you can imagine, his 10-acre estate in Florida’s secluded Jupiter Island is absolutely stunning despite being a hop, skip and a jump away from the extravagance and excitement of the nearby North Palm Beach.
Drawn to the sheer privacy of the estate nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway as well as the island’s population of 2,000 people in the summer and a cricket-chirping 820 in the winter, Woods and Nordegren purchased the property in 2006 for $40 million long before their marriage was on the rocks. Staying in their Isleworth estate just outside of Orlando, the couple immediately set out to build their dream home by tearing down the existing 9,000 square foot beach property. Over the next four years and with an additional $15 million investment, they finalized plans and watched their massive estate grow until their marriage came to a crashing end in the midst of Woods’ scandalous infidelity in 2010 just as the mansion was finally complete.
After the divorce, Woods settled into his massive Jupiter Island estate with good reason—he paid for it, after all. Stretching across five buildings including a guest house, golf training studio, a boat house that’s home to his 155-foot yacht known as Privacy and a separate garage, the estate’s main house offers breathtaking oceanfront views and has a luxurious master suite with separate his and hers bathrooms and walk-in closets. In addition to three other bedroom suites, the house includes an upstairs studio and balcony where Tiger can hit longer shots into his backyard, a glass elevator lift, an entertainment room in the basement and, supposedly, an oxygen bar.
While the main house is certainly extravagant, the grounds of the estate truly reflect Woods’ passion with the home set back far enough from the sparking blue water in order to give the 40-year-old plenty of room for his own private golf course.
“Working with my team, I designed the short-game facility and oversaw its construction,” Woods shared on his website. “It features four greens, six bunkers with different depths and kinds of sand, a video center and a putting studio. If no wind is blowing, the longest club I can hit is a 7-iron. It’s also set up so I can hit shots out of my second-story studio.”
If Tiger ever gets tired of playing golf in the backyard (which we can’t imagine happens often), he definitely has plenty of options to keep himself in shape and his two children, Sam Alexis and Charlie Axel, entertained. Beyond the golf course, boat house, separate garage and the guest house, there is a tennis court, a basketball court, a running track, a lap pool fit for an Olympic swimmer and a second pool with a diving board that rises straight out of the water. After a long day on the course or perhaps on the playground with his kids, he can even soak his sore muscles in the in-ground hot tub while taking in a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean under a starry Florida night sky. But, as wonderful as this sounds, many can’t help but wonder if Tiger still has it all.
While his career is obviously suffering after dropping out of the world’s top 500 golfers in May 2016 for the first time in his 20-year professional career, it’s undeniable that Woods, regardless of injury and scandal, will go down in history as one of the greatest golfers of all time. In the meantime, while working to regain and rebuild his composure and dominance on the course, the 40-year-old has created a tropical paradise and a quiet getaway fit for a king which, in our book, makes it seem like the former child prodigy still has it all even if he’s off his game.