Tiger's course developers reach settlement

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by PETE IACOBELLI / Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 1:28 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Chalk up one victory for Tiger Woods this year.

The developers of Woods' High Carolina golf course near Asheville, N.C., can continue construction after agreeing to reduce the planned impact on area trout streams by almost half of the original design.

The Western North Carolina Alliance and Trout Unlimited had challenged permits issued by the North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Woods said in a statement that the new routing would shorten the course's overall length, which stands at about 7,300 yards. However, he says High Carolina is still a walkable course with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Attorney DJ Gerken of the Southern Law Environmental Center says the developers approached the groups challenging the permits in order to work out a solution.

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