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Features

PGA Frisco prepares for major debut, the ‘biggest Senior PGA Championship in history’

By Scott Bell

The new PGA of America in Frisco on Monday, May 2, 2022.(Lola Gomez/Staff Photographer)

The countdown to the grand opening of PGA Frisco is now being measured in months instead of years.

That’s a welcome milestone for those involved in the project, which broke ground prior to the beginning of the pandemic. The ambitious addition to the area’s already booming sports and hospitality portfolio covers more than 600 acres and carries a price tag of more than a half-billion dollars.

Organizers are planning a joint grand opening for the golf facilities and the massive Omni PGA Frisco Resort for April 2023. That’s just one month before the first major golf championship will be held on site, the 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, in the final week of May.

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Colonial Country Club’s historic $20 million renovation will be on a very tight timeline

By Mark Kazlowski

The master plan of Colonial Country Club shows the plans for the 2023 renovation of the golf...
The master plan of Colonial Country Club shows the plans for the 2023 renovation of the golf course. The renovation was originally planned to begin in 2022 but was pushed back one year.(Hanse Golf Course Design)

One of the great challenges of Gil Hanse’s career as a golf course architect is still more than a year away from the moment shovels hit the ground, and he knows there is no room for error or disaster.

Almost as soon as the last putt drops at the 2023 Charles Schwab Invitational, work will begin on a major renovation of the Colonial Country Club course. Hanse calls it a historic restoration.

Greens will be turned up. Bermuda grass in the fairways and rough will be killed and eventually replaced with sod. Trees will be removed and others trimmed. New irrigation and drainage lines will be dug. Much of what exists now will be replaced.

If the golf course were a house, it would be like tearing everything down to the studs.

“The hardest part of the project is that we can’t start — give or take — until June 1,” said Hanse, one of the hottest names in golf course architecture. “It’s a very tight timeline.

“It’s a very, very tight window, and we hope that Mother Nature is kind to us.”

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How Scottie Scheffler has separated himself from D-FW’s Big 3, taken PGA Tour by storm

By Tim Cowlishaw

Scottie Scheffler celebrates after putting on the green jacket after winning the 86th...
Scottie Scheffler celebrates after putting on the green jacket after winning the 86th Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J Phillip)(David J. Phillip / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

When you check Scottie Scheffler’s results page, a full five months before he registered his first PGA Tour win there is a 1 besides his name at the outset of the 2021-22 season. It’s for the Ryder Cup. And while it was a team event, earning 12 Americans that coveted (and recently elusive) “1″ next to their names for dethroning Europe, it was, at the very least, a hell of a precursor for the young Scheffler.

He has taken the actual 2022 calendar year by storm, turning The Big Three of Dallas-area golf — Scheffler, Jordan Spieth and Will Zalatoris, all competing in the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Craig Ranch — into The Big One. It was on Super Bowl Sunday that Scheffler won his first PGA Tour event, the WM Phoenix Open. Two events and three weeks later, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida. Two events and three weeks later, he won the World Golf Championships Dell Technology Match Play event in Austin, where he played his college golf.

And two weeks later, Hideki Matsuyama was helping him into a Green Jacket at Augusta, his fourth win in six starts and his first major championship. How did it all happen so fast? Golf announcers pointed to his tremendous winning record of junior events in Dallas. He was the US junior champion at 16, the Big 12 champion at Texas, the Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year along the way.

Ask him, however, and he can’t even recall the first time he beat Spieth, let alone the junior championship that meant the most to him.

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Renovations restore classic looks to these Texas golf courses

By Mark Kazlowski

The Great Hazard on No. 15 at Brook Hollow Golf Club is similar to a design element...
The Great Hazard on No. 15 at Brook Hollow Golf Club is similar to a design element architect AW Tillinghast used at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey. The 45-yard-wide waste area is 386 yards from the tips on the 574-yard par-5 hole. Private golf club in Dallas, TX, a Centennial of History(Laurence Lambrecht / ©2020 L Lambrecht)

Compared with what has been going on in the golf construction business in Texas for most of the past decade, the activity of the last couple of years could be regarded as a deluge.

Bent Tree, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Northwood Club, Royal Oaks, Fort Worth’s Shady Oaks and North Richland Hills’ Iron Horse are among the courses that have undergone face-lifts.

In addition to the two new courses at PGA Frisco that are scheduled to come online next spring, Heath Golf and Yacht Club opened in 2020 and two new private courses will join the roster this year. Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club, which opened nine holes in October 2021, opened the remaining nine holes May 4. Big Easy Ranch near Houston is on pace to open in the fall. Also, construction on a course in the massive Legacy Hills development in Celina is set to begin this summer.

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Things to know about this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament

By Anna Caplan

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, walks off the second green during the third round at the Masters...
Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, walks off the second green during the third round at the Masters golf tournament on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)(Matt Slocum / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The No. 1 player in the men’s world golf rankings will compete in the AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.

In addition to Masters champ Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama have all committed to the tournament.

Here are some other things to know about the event, which tees off next week.

Wednesday, May 11 is open to the public.

No ticket is required to enter on Wednesday. Parking is $20 in Lot 5. The lot is only available to the public on that day.

How much are tickets and can I buy them at the venue?

Tickets are on sale now and are day-specific and digital-only. General admission is $75; tickets go up to $500. Children 15 and under receive free admission with a ticketed adult. All youth must have their own hospitality ticket for access to hospitality areas. No tickets will be sold on-site during the tournament.

Is there a bag policy at the Nelson?

And it is. All patrons will be screened at the event. Prohibited items include laptops, beverages, fireworks and weapons. Click here for more details.

Country star Lee Brice will perform.

Grammy-nominated artist Lee Brice will feature in the festivities, scheduled to perform on May 14. The Band of Heathens will open for the seven-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, according to event organizers.

Top 100 courses in Texas

Whispering Pines keeps No. 1 spot in The Dallas Morning News’ Texas Golf course rankings

By Mark Kazlowski

An aerial view of the par-4 14th green (foreground) and par-3 15th at Whispering Pines Golf...
An aerial view of the par-4 14th green (foreground) and par-3 15th at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Trinity, Texas. This is for Texas Golf 2022. Whispering Pines was voted the No. 1 course in Texas.

One Texas Golf voter put it succinctly.

“Still the best,” he wrote, referring to Whispering Pines Golf Club.

the rest of The Dallas Morning News panel agreed. For the second year in a row and for the 13th time since it opened in 1999, Whispering Pines has been ranked the best course in Texas.

Dallas National, which was second last year, is No. 2 again. As has been the case every year when the two courses have been ranked first and second, the margin was razor-thin. The two courses were separated by 0.086 of a point.

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Full top 100 rankings

— Nos. 1-50

— Nos. 51-100

More course rankings

— Meet the 36 best and most beautiful golf holes from the state of Texas

— The top 25 high-priced golf courses in Texas that cost $90 and above (2022)

— The top 25 mid-priced golf courses in Texas that cost $60-$89 (2022)

— The top 25 economy golf courses in Texas that cost $59 and under (2022)

— The top 50 Texas golf courses open to the public, ranked (2022)

—The top 25 nine-hole golf courses in Texas, ranked (2022)

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