One of Texas’ most historic facilities, the multi-story clubhouse at Dallas Country Club, officially has been restored to its rightful spot as one of the shrines of Lone Star golf with its recent grand opening and first charity tournament held last Monday.
Dallas Country Club was the first course in Dallas, and one of first in the state, when it opened in 1896 near downtown. It moved to its current spot in the fashionable enclave of Highland Park, a few miles away in 1912.
The original clubhouse was quite an elaborate structure for the times with a huge multi-story building on the banks of Turtle Creek, which flows in the area. This newest model held a members-only preview earlier this month and hosted the SMU Payne Stewart Invitational last Monday. New PGA Tour pro Kelly Kraft from SMU shot a 61 Monday as the new course record
The first Texas State Amateur was held at DCC in the early 1900s and the course, located just minutes north of downtown, has hosted several prestigious Texas Golf Association tournaments through the years.
“The club was important at its beginning, its 25th anniversary, its 50th anniversary and its 100th anniversary when we brought the state amateur back to DCC,” said TGA Executive Director Rob Addington.
“It’s exciting the clubhouse has been restored,” he said. “I’m not sure that it was their intention to make it look like the original, but it certainly is a great addition.”
The famously publicity-shy private club has released few details about the new multi-story clubhouse, but it’s clearly visible driving down the main road near the facility
The par-70 layout originally was designed by Tom Bendelow and later was revised by Jay Morrish and even Byron Nelson, who have done extensive work to its practice facilities in its current, compact location.
A new generation of North Texas golfers and possible future golf pros will have a chance to learn the game in an educational setting as the first Texas outlet of the Golf Academy of America recently opened its doors in Dallas.
The national golf professional trade school takes men and women who want to work in the golf business as a club pro, director of instruction or club fitter and teaches them the different phases of the business.
Based on its multi-decade track record, students have been placed at various local courses to learn the game from the inside out, and have gotten in good position for permanent jobs plus eventual membership as a pro in the PGA of America.
“This has gone even better than we expected when we opened our first facility in Texas,” said campus director Greg Gossett. “It’s just a matter of getting the word out and people are coming from everywhere.”
This spring’s first semester attracted 24 students with 45 scheduled for the summer and close to 100 by the end of 2012.
The students learn in an 18,700-square-foot facility, with an indoor instructional center along with hitting bays, putting lab, club repair rooms, plus class lecture rooms, computer labs, a library and a placement office.
The golf academy offers a two-year program across four semesters with a cost of $8,300 a semester, and financial assistance is available.
“We enroll them, we retain them, we teach them and most importantly we place them in the golf business,” Gossett said.
Several North Texas courses will offer students internships to work at their facilities in an effort to reap first-hand instruction in the business and human side of the golf business.
Among the first students to attend the North Texas school is former U.S. military veteran David Hillary, a Texas native who has overcome horrific injuries suffered overseas to pursue his dream in the golf business.
“I’m around golf experts like Greg Gossett, getting hands-on teaching and on-site golf industry experience, which has showed me there is a career path for me here,” Hillary said.
For more information on the Texas Golf Academy of America, visit www.golfacademy.edu.
The Women’s Texas Golf Association recently hosted its Texas Partnership Cup at Corpus Christi CC. Camm Dougherty and Leslie McCallick, of Corpus Christi, came out on top after day two with 22.5 points to become the Texas Partnership Cup overall champions. Defending overall champions, Ethel Wright and Dianne Roberts finished with a total of 11.5 points.
For flight winners and complete details visit www.womenstexasgolf.org.