Trout National – The Reserve: A new golf course designed by Mike Trout and Tiger Woods, is coming to Vineland, New Jersey
Mike Trout dropped a huge announcement today on Twitter announcing the creation of Trout National – The Reserve, a new golf course designed by him and Tiger Woods in Vineland, New Jersey.
Trout National – The Reserve
Trout National will be a championship golf course in Vineland, NJ right near his hometown of Millville, NJ.
The course is expected to open in 2025. In addition to the 18-hole championship course, Trout National will include a practice range, short-game area, clubhouse, restaurant, lodging and a wedding chapel.
“It’s pretty incredible having a chance to own your own golf course,” Trout says. “Getting Tiger to design it is crazy. If you had told me before that this would happen one day, I would have said you are crazy. It’s more than I ever thought possible.”
Trout’s love of golf dates to trips to the driving range with his father, Jeff, while at Millville High School. He says he carries a handicap of “seven or eight” and averages “330 to 360” yards on his drives “when I’m not letting it go. It depends on the moment. I try to dial it down to keep it a little straighter.”
Says Trout, “For me, it’s like anything else I do. I want to be the best, whatever it takes. If it means going to the range or looking at video, I will. I’m not going crazy with it. Baseball always is my number one priority. I just enjoy golf. It’s a great mental getaway from the game.”
“We sat down and said, ‘Look, if an opportunity comes up it would be a great thing to do. I want to own a course,’” Trout says. “We were close to owning a course when COVID-19 hit. A lot of stuff wasn’t going our way, so we backed out of the deal. We just said, ‘If an opportunity comes down the road, we’ll explore it.’
“It was probably a year or two later somebody sent me drone footage of somebody attempting to build a couple of holes in Vineland while courses were shut down. I sent it to my brother, Tyler, and said, ‘Can you look into this for me?’”
“It came together,” Trout says. “We built a great relationship.”
“My favorite golfer growing up obviously was Tiger,” Trout says. “I thought it would be pretty cool to reach out. We reached out, got a positive vibe when we mentioned it and got his team down to the site. Once Tiger’s team came down to the site, they loved it. It’s surreal. I mean, it’s friggin’ Tiger!