Tiger Woods tournament moves to Robert Trent Jones Club

Gainesville, Va. (WUSA 9) -- Quicken Loans National moves from Congressional to Robert Trent Jones Club next year -- a place carved out by a legendary designer.

"He said in some of his interviews that this was the finest piece of ground he had ever seen," said Bill Craig who will serve as tournament chairman next year.

Robert Trent Jones called the course located in Gainesville, Virginia his masterpiece. It is a breathtaking piece of property featuring 750-acre Lake Manassas. Ten holes of the course border it, but as Craig explains, only three or four holes are affected by the large reservoir. Turns out Robert Trent Jones had a method to his madness.

"He said he designed the course that way because he wanted you to enjoy the lake not hate it," said Craig laughing.

Fans will love the cool breeze it provides, they'll also enjoy the signature 11th hole.

"It's photographed the most; it's what people see the most," said Craig.

Craig added, it's also one heck of a challenge.

"The front of it is shaved so if you miss it by a yard or two it goes all the way down and you sort of say ugh," said Craig.

History seeps out of every crevice at Robert Trent Jones. The site has hosted four President's Cups since 1991. One of the most vivid memories occurred in 1994 when Freddie Couples lofted a perfect nine iron from a fairway bunker on the 18th hole, and it funneled to within 18 inches of the cup. Those who were there that day say they'll never forget it.

"It was Fred Couples being Fred Couples," said Craig.

The tournament's host has his own history at Robert Trent Jones as well. Craig recently asked Woods if he remembered the President's Cup when Vijay Singh's caddie unwisely wrote "Tiger Who" on the back of his cap. Oh yeah he remembered.

"Tiger did remember, he called it 2 and 1, because he beat him 2 and 1," said Craig.

Craig doesn't foresee the PGA proposing major changes to the course prior to 2015's event. He does, however, have one hope.

"Our number 18 on the lake is a spectacular place, and we're hopeful that the PGA tour will have 18 be 18."


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