Trinity Forest Golf Club

Billy Horschel won the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in Dallas yesterday when Jason Day missed a short putt on the first hole of a playoff. It was the last scheduled tournament at the Las Colinas resort as the event will move south to Trinity Forest Golf Club next year.

Trinity Forest will be unique for annual PGA Tour events: it’s a seriously links-style layout designed by the highly-regarded team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. Sliced out of a chunk of forest land near the Trinity River, visitors are well-insulated from the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It’s a course that was created with bringing major championships to Texas in mind.

True links courses are in seaside locations and take advantage of the land as it was molded by nature. That’s definitely not the case at Trinity Forest. It’s obviously not “seaside” and it’s far from the way the land was found by the course designers. Clear-cutting hundreds of acres of hardwood forest was a strange, perhaps irresponsible, choice for a golf course in this location. But it will make for an interesting tournament next year. We eagerly await the player response to a kind of course to which they are definitely not accustomed.