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Trinity River Update: “I think most folks would be blown away by what’s out there"

Bill Nichols files an update on the Trinity River project ouside Dallas where Coore and Crenshaw have been hired to build a course for AT&T excecutives with the hope of one day hosting the Byron Nelson.

Trinity Forest will be cut in the mold of, say, Chicago Golf Club or Tulsa’s Southern Hills: No water, no trees; but lots of gnarly grasses swaying over a wind-blown landscape surrounded by forest and lowlands.

“The fairways will be expansive with meandering hills,” Coore said. “It will be a natural look with smooth contours that ripple and roll, ever cascading.”

From the highest point of the course, the No. 5 fairway, you can see downtown during winter months. That view will be blocked by trees the rest of the year.

Although there are no dramatic highs and lows, the elevation changes about 35 feet.

The layout promises to reward creativity. Three holes will cross a deep ravine. The most dramatic could be the par-3 No. 8, which goes downhill over the ravine with forest to the right.

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Should be good!
02.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
No trees, like Southern Hills? Lulz. Sounds nice, though.
02.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Don't understand the economics of this. Had one salesmenship club member tell me, we'll build another course close by, shorter----for "them" the golfers from south dallas. ughhhh
With all due respect Geoff I love your work but you have the wrong Perry/Press Maxwell design compared to Trinity Forest in my opinion. Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson maybe but SHCC in Tulsa has water on 2,3,6, behind 8's green,11,12,13,16, and a ditch on 18 that sometimes has water. Every single fairway is tree lined mostly doglegs and has absolutely no wispy heather only Bermuda rough. It's in impeccable shape and arguably the finest golf course in the southwest. Coore Crenshaw designs are the best thing going right now again in my opinion especially Sand Hills and Austin Golf Club, but please don't make Perry roll in his grave on his tree lined water filled masterpiece SHCC.
Grew up,
I didn't write the story, Bill Nichols did.
02.13.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
@GUP SHCC.... With all due respect those aren't Geoffs words. They are taken from the article he linked.
02.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Bill Nichols is about as well informed as most Texans are about anything having to do with Oklahoma, with the obvious exception of Crenshaw because both he and Coore did our West 9 at Southern Hills so they know a thing or two about the property.
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKJinTTown
Chicago has a little bit of water. Not much. But a little. They did, however, remove a lot of trees.
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJordan
WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO TREES! WHY WHY IS IT IN THE FOREST, THEN? They cut down 300 trees, after the mayor promises, not one tree will be touched. And they have surrounding area to be for hotels, retail, restaurants! Stay in north Dallas. Leave the golf course for the schools in south Dallas...before you golfers are shocked when the mayor, springs it on are riding horses to get there. Or kayak, if u rather. And your 4 star accomodations, will be a charity lock-in in the horse barn. Don't worry, no one will miss the shade trees, it has AC and fans. :)
09.11.2014 | Unregistered CommentermelissaT

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