The Cowboys Golf Club Way - COPIED

By Erik PetersonJune 9, 2009, 4:00 pm
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The par-4 5th hole at Cowboys Golf Club

GRAPEVINE, Texas ' Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, knows a good business opportunity when he sees one. So when the idea arose to build a golf course themed around his beloved football team, it came as no surprise that he was interested.
 
As the only NFL owner with full rights to his team's logo usage, Jones can license the Cowboys brand however he chooses. With business savvy flowing through his veins, Jones saw a chance for the Cowboys brand to cross over into golf, and Cowboys Golf Club was born, becoming the world's first NFL-themed golf course.
 
Cowboys Golf Club
Web site
 
How to get there
From DFW airport, take TX-97 N until it turns into TX-121 N. Take exit toward Bass Pro Shops. Left on Bass Pro Dr. Right at TX-26, then u-turn the other direction. Right on Fairway Dr.
 
How to play it
$180, all-inclusive. Check the website for tee times and exact rates.
 
19th hole
Historic downtown Grapevine has numerous shops and restaurants. At Big Fish Grille a pint of Shiner Bock goes great with their famous fish tacos.
 
'Cowboys Golf Club is a natural fit in our philosophy of being on the cutting edge of creating excellent products and services that springboard the Cowboys brand into untapped markets,' Jones said in a statement on the club's Web site. Initially a partner in the development of the club, he now licenses the name to the club, which is managed by Eagle Golf.
 
The club specializes in corporate outings and charges an all-inclusive price that covers food and non-alcoholic beverages in the price of each greens fee.
 
'Since we're an entertainment club and executives entertain here frequently, it's great when clients don't have to open their wallet all the time,' said Shawn Humpries, director of instruction at Cowboys Golf Club.
 
Designed by Jeff Brauer and opened in 2001, Cowboys is set amidst a sprawling nature preserve in Grapevine, one of the up-and-coming business districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As the crow flies its 15 miles from the new Cowboys Stadium, but its adjacent to DFW airport, making it a convenient stop for the business traveler.
 
Sure, the stereotypical Dallas golf course is set amidst a concrete jungle of business parks and office buildings, but from the moment you step on the first tee at Cowboys youll feel like youre anywhere but Dallas.
 
'The most popular comment I hear is that this course looks like one you'd find in Georgia or the Carolinas,' said Humphries. 'It just doesn't look like a course you'd find in Dallas.'
 
At Cowboys, lush, green fairways are protected by tall, thick trees. There are more natural ravines, lakes and creeks here than youll find at any other course in the area. And like all truly great golf courses, the course starts out solid and sustains the momentum throughout.
 
No. 1 is a solid par-5 that makes you think hard about your second shot. The conventional strategy is to lay up for a wedge approach shot, but longer hitters enticed to go for the green in two will be tested by a massive bunker protecting the left front of the green.
 
As is the case with any Super Bowl-caliber team, the course begins strongly and finishes even stronger. The first and last three holes at Cowboys are a par-3,4,5 combination.
 
At the par-3 17th a long-iron shot is required over a deep ravine. The back-to-front-sloping green is no bargain either. As with all par-3s at Cowboys, par is a solid score here.
 
While the topography is indeed unique, so too are some of the man-made characteristics of the facility. Inside the clubhouse, youll find a prominent display with sparkling replicas of all five Super Bowl trophies, as well as memorabilia from players past and present. Its a scene that would make any Redskins fan feel sick to their stomach.
 
When it comes to service, however, Cowboys Golf Club will make a fan out of any golfer, no matter which team you root for. Beverage cart women clad in Cowboys jerseys are cheerful and polite, and by including unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages, players are able to freely enjoy their round.
 
In fact, this all-inclusive pricing strategy and overall commitment to service has helped Cowboys become a three-time winner of AvidGolfer Magazines 'Best Place to Hold a Corporate Event in the Metroplex.'
 
If the excellent service you'll receive isn't enough to compel you to play golf at Cowboys, maybe the chance to see some of the Dallas Cowboys players will convince you otherwise. Humphries said when Bill Parcells was coach he was a regular during the off-season, and Humphries has also worked with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, LeRoy Jordan, Tony Romo and Terrance Newman.
 
Celebrity sighting or not, by the end of your round youll be impressed with the golf experience at Cowboys Golf Club. Jerry Jones thanks you for your patronage. It will undoubtedly help pay for the new $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.