The world's No. 1-ranked golfer and best player of his generation, Tiger Woods, surely has played the best golf courses the planet has to offer, right?
Woods, when asked Wednesday what venue he would most like to play, told the assembled media at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic that he's never teed it up at Pine Valley. The ultra-exclusive club outside of Philadelphia doesn't hold any professional events like most bucket-list tracks such as Augusta National, Pebble Beach or St. Andrews.
"The thing is, I hate playing golf on my vacation days," said Woods. "I'd much rather be home with my kids doing that than going out on golf vacations. Then when I do have time, it's usually prepping for tournaments. So for me to go out to play some of these great venues around the world, it would be great and all, but just not right now."
So when might he make it to South Jersey to play Pine Valley?
"Maybe when my kids get older, and they're traveling with me and we go to these different places, and they want to play or they want to go see things, and we end up doing more things like that, then I will do it," Woods said. "But now is not the time."
Pine Valley was recently rated as the No. 1 course in the United States in a poll conducted by GolfDigest magazine and often tops most lists of the best courses in America, if not the world.
Many of Woods' professional contemporaries have played Pine Valley, including the reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Late in 2013, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth tweeted that not only had he played Pine Valley, but he then flew to Georgia and got in a few holes at Augusta National in the same day.