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PGA Frisco gears up for major debut, ‘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 measured in months instead of years.

It’s a welcome step for those involved in the project, which started before the pandemic hit. This ambitious addition to the region’s already burgeoning sports and hospitality portfolio spans over 600 acres and costs more than half a billion dollars.

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

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Colonial Country Club’s historic $20 million renovation to go ahead on tight schedule

By Mark Kazlowski

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The Colonial Country Club Master Plan shows the plans for the 2023 renovation of the golf course. The renovation was originally scheduled to start in 2022 but was pushed back a year.(Hanse Golf Course Design)

One of the big challenges in Gil Hanse’s career as a golf course architect is still over a year from the time the shovels hit the ground, and he knows there is no room for error or disaster.

Almost as soon as the last putt falls at the 2023 Charles Schwab Invitational, work will begin on a major renovation to the Colonial Country Club course. Hanse calls this a historical restoration.

The greens will be torn. Bermuda grass in the fairways and roughs will be killed off and eventually replaced with turf. Trees will be felled and others pruned. New irrigation and drainage pipes will be dug. Much of what currently exists will be replaced.

If the golf course was a house, it would be like demolishing everything down to the tenons.

“The hardest part of the project is that we can’t get started – more or less – until June 1,” said Hanse, one of the hottest names in golf course architecture. “It’s a very tight deadline.

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

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How Scottie Scheffler split from D-FW’s Big 3, took the PGA Tour by storm

By Tim Cowlishaw

Scottie Scheffler celebrates after donning the green jacket after winning the 86th...
Scottie Scheffler celebrates after donning 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 look at Scottie Scheffler’s results page, a full five months before he records his first PGA Tour win, there’s a 1 next to his name at the start of the 2021-22 season. It’s for the Ryder Cup. And if it was a team event, winning 12 Americans who coveted (and recently elusive) “1” next to their name for dethroning Europe, it was, to say the least, one heck of a precursor for the young Scheffler.

He stormed into the 2022 calendar year, turning the Big Three golfers in the Dallas area — 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 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 Dell Technology Match Play event of the World Golf Championships in Austin, where he played his college golf.

And two weeks later, Hideki Matsuyama helped him in a green jacket at Augusta, his fourth victory in six starts and his first major championship. How did it all happen so fast? Golf announcers pointed to his huge winning record at junior events in Dallas. He was United States Junior Champion at age 16, Big 12 champion in Texas, Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year along the way.

Ask him, though, and he can’t even remember the first time he beat Spieth, let alone which junior championship meant the most to him.

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Renovations bring a classic look to these Texas golf courses

By Mark Kazlowski

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

Compared to what has happened in the Texas golf course construction industry for most of the past decade, the activity of the past two years could be considered 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 had facelifts.

In addition to the two new PGA Frisco courses set to go live 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 on May 4. Big Easy Ranch near Houston is set to open in the fall. Additionally, course construction at the massive Legacy Hills development in Celina is set to begin this summer.

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What to know about this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament

By Anna Caplan

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

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

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

Here are some other things to know about the event, which kicks 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 open to the public on that day.

How much do tickets cost and can I buy them on site?

The 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 enjoy free admission with a ticketed adult. All young people must have their own welcome ticket to access the welcome areas. No tickets will be sold on site during the tournament.

Is there a baggage policy at the Nelson?

Yes. All customers will be screened at the event. Prohibited items include laptops, drinks, fireworks and weapons. Click on here for more details.

Country star Lee Brice will perform.

Grammy-nominated artist Lee Brice will take part in the festivities, which are due to occur 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 Retains No. 1 Place in 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 #1 course in Texas.

A Texas Golf voter put it succinctly.

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

The rest of The Dallas Morning News the group accepted. For the second year in a row and for the 13th time since its opening 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 both courses were ranked first and second, the margin was very slim. The two prices were separated by 0.086 points.

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