Two Dallas-area courses were recognized by Golf Inc. Magazine as the best renovations in the United States.
Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington, which reopened in February, was chosen as the second-best renovation in the world after Adair Manor in Ireland. Northwood Club was named the best private course renovation by the industry magazine.
The judges praised the work of John Colligan and Trey Kemp of Arlington-based Colligan Golf Design and contractors Landscapes Unlimited on Texas Rangers GC, the former Chester Ditto Golf Course. It was the top public course renovation in the United States.
“This renovation is more like a total redo,” the judges wrote of the $8.5 million project. “The entire course is unrecognizable, and the renovation is worth every penny. Great work by a congruent team that seems to have accomplished the impossible.”
Of the $11.5 million renovation of Northwood Club by architect Tripp Davis and Associates, the judges wrote: “What a difference. The changes are very noticable, including the removal of trees, which improved playability and turf health. Literally a breath of fresh air.”
Schwab Challenge adds four from top 30
Reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari, SMU-ex Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter have committed to play in the Charles Schwab Challenge, giving next week’s tournament at Colonial the Nos. 7, 8, 10 and 28 players in the world ranking.
That gives the tournament nine of the top 15 players in the current World Golf Ranking. No. 2 Justin Rose, the defending champion, is joined by Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Paul Casey and Tony Finau. Thomas withdrew from the PGA Championship with a wrist injury. The field will be finalized Friday.
The tournament also announced it has given sponsor’s exemptions Boo Weekley, David Toms, Kenny Perry, Mike Weir, Rod Pampling, J.J. Henry, Colt Knost, Tom Hoge, Ollie Schneiderjans, Josh Teater, Kramer Hickok and Doug Ghim
Stevens Park closes to renovate greens
Stevens Park Golf Course closed Monday for a total renovation of its greens, which will be converted from miniverde to Champion Bermuda.
Director of golf James Henderson said aggressive efforts to grow the greens for the last two months failed to show progress, so the city decided to close the course and resurface the greens.
“By taking immediate action, Stevens Park will minimize the down time and get the greens back to excellent condition,” Henderson wrote in an email.
In addition to replacing the greens, Henderson said a “mini renovation” will include improving conditions of fairways, tees, bunkers and drainage. He said the goal is for the course to reopen in early July.
Irving-Osborne win TGA Four-Ball
Josh Irving of Dallas and Will Osborne of Fort Worth teamed up to shoot a final-round 5-under 66 and won the Texas Golf Association’s Texas Four-Ball Championship by two shots over San Antonio’s Luke Antonelli and Braden Graham. Irving and Osborne finished with a 15-under 198 at Wichita Falls CC.
John Pierce and Craig Hall of San Antonio successfully defended their Senior Four-Ball championship, and San Antonio’s Bob Hullender and Jim Martin of Dallas ran away with the Super Senior Division, winning by five shots.
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