As we celebrate the AT&T Byron Nelson’s 50th anniversary, 2018 will also mark the tournament’s inaugural year at its new home, Trinity Forest Golf Club.
So what’s the new course like?
Bill Coore and 1983 AT&T Byron Nelson champion Ben Crenshaw — Coore and Crenshaw, Inc. — are the architects behind Trinity Forest Golf Club’s design. Taking inspiration from many of the great courses of Great Britain, this is a links style course, designed for lots of bump-and-run shots. The structure of the course combines strategic golf with beautiful artistry, and features dramatic green complexes and bunkering and tall native grasses on a rolling meadow.
The standout feature that is sure to spark some discussion among the players is the, roughly, 36,000 square foot double green, shared by the 3rd and 11th holes.
Come tournament time, the links style design should also be one of the more attractive features for fans. Along with the ability to view multiple holes at once, spectators will also be able to easily maneuver throughout the course, as well as quickly reach different attractions around the tournament.
AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament Director Jon Drago said he is looking forward to the challenge it will present to players. “It’s going to be fun to watch the best players in the world use their creativity and focus on this truly unique layout.” Drago added, “The links-style course will make the players think on every shot … and will present them with a challenge unique to anything else they see on the PGA TOUR.”
Dallas native and Trinity Forest Golf Club member Jordan Spieth described Trinity Forest as a “second-shot course where you’ve got to really think about where you’re leaving the ball.” He added, “Because everything looks very spacious … you can work different flights, but it’s very challenging if you’re not really focused on where the ball is being left.”