Impressive new kid on the Dallas-Ft Worth golf block


While the PGA Tour is spending a couple of weeks in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area (HP Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial), a few visiting journalists had an opportunity to take a look at the new Old American Golf Club at The Tribute, which is taking shape nicely in preparation for its official opening July 1.

The Old American Golf Club, one of only two golf facilities to open in Texas this year, is located in The Colony about a half hour or so north of Dallas. It was designed by architect Tripp Davis, a former All American golfer at the University of Oklahoma, along with local tour player Justin Leonard.

It's a par-71 that can be stretched to nearly 7,200 yards (there are five sets of tees) and when the wind whips up, this is one tough golf course. (It isn't easy when the wind is calm, either, as we found out last week when playing it.)

Davis also did the original course at The Tribute, which is a collection of great holes from the Scottish courses that have played host to the British Open. While The Old American is also a tribute course, there are no replica holes, but rather the course is done in the style of the great early American architects such as Alistair MacKenzie, A.W. Tillinghast, Seth Raynor and Donald Ross.

The result is that The Old American has natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes influenced by courses such as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs. It's a player's golf course that is both extremely challenging and picturesque as it makes its way around Lake Lewisville. In fact, the policy is to play all the bunkers -- and there are many -- as waste bunkers, so they truly are hazards, although players have the option of raking them when they are through.

Green fees might seem a little pricey at $150, $175 on weekends, but the golf experience is top notch, with complimentary drinks and snacks, two stocked comfort stations and, for a limited time, guests receive a hat, custom yardage book and a sleeve of golf balls. The fee structure is also designed to help drive membership to this semi-private facility, a project of developer Matthews Southwest. For more information or to schedule a tee time, call (214) 673-2113.