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Minimalism Coming To Dallas, And Other Changes To The Nelson?

With AT&T becoming the new title sponsor of the Byron Nelson Championship in 2015, and the tournament likely to move to a new golf course designed by a minimalist to be determined, there are several storylines here.

- The PGA Tour announces a new sponsor while the current sponsor has two years left on their deal. That has to be fairly unprecedented, no?

- The many-times-renovated TPC Four Seasons Resort is a lame duck venue, even after a recent renovation supervised by the PGA Tour. D.A. Weibring was the most recent designer to attempt resurrecting the course.

- This would seem to end any chances of AT&T's long term interest in the "National" event at Congressional in conjunction with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

- The Friday news came on the same day an AT&T representative and some other suits announced a plan to build a golf course in southern Dallas, which will benefit SMU and eventually, the tournament along with a First Tee facility.

There is no truth to the rumor that the phone call listeners erupted in laughter when the Commish said "the odds are quite high," that with support from the Salesmanship Club the Nelson could find a new home.

Candace Carlisle described the project this way:

The 400-acre golf course development will include an 18-hole championship golf course, a nine-hole short course, an administrative and teaching facility, a practice facility, and a practice academy for Southern Methodist University students. The golf course will anchor the university's golf program and there's plans to pony up a significant investment in the project, said President R. Gerald Turner.

Bill Nichols says "AT&T officials have already interviewed several renowned golf course architects, including Coore & Crenshaw, Tripp Davis and Associates and Tom Doak’s Renaissance Design."

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Reader Comments (9)

Would love to see Tripp get the gig. Seems like every new course is a Doak or C&C.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg C
Geoff, what about the National? Where will the tournament go after the contract with Congressional and AT&T runs out?
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommentertMACd
In the "What's Not Hot" column this week:

TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas (losing a tournament so soon after a redo that was aimed at keeping the tournament).

The Tiger Woods Foundation (Losing yet another tournament title sponsor - at least Deutsche Bank is hanging on for now).
There is no recession in Texas, the place is booming.
12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Where in South Dallas? Do they already own the property???
12.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterhandbraketurn

dallas at&t smu golf course

... and read to your hearts content. Proposed course is going to be built on an old landfill in south Dallas.
12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSGarrett
Greg C
Why do you say Tripp?
Have you seen some of his work?
12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFreud
Paging Jeff Brauer!
12.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

I have seen his work, in fact, I grew in and maintained one of his courses for 9 years. I played the course almost every day, and never tired of it. He does solid work, plus he's a really good guy to boot. Not that a C&C or Doak would be a bad thing, but jeez, it seems like anything new these days goes to them.
12.4.2012 | Unregistered Commentergreg c

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