Going to the AT&T Byron Nelson this year will be a different experience for spectators and golf fans.
For the first time in its 50-year history, the event will be held at the Trinity Forest Golf Club in South Dallas, its new home. The tournament swapped the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas after 35 years in favor of a different type of golf course — one that resembles the links style courses in Scotland.
The idea for Trinity Forest was conceived in 2012 after the city of Dallas agreed to a public-private partnership worth $60 million, and build the course on top of an old landfill. The golf course opened for play in October 2016 and the clubhouse was completed a year later.
Golf fans will hardly recognize the North Texas landscape that was dug out of the Great Trinity Forest. The course even has its own type of grass, called Trinity Zoysia. This special kind of turf requires very little fertilizer, water and maintenance, according to course superintendent Kasey Kauff.
“If it’s 95 degrees, and there’s wind and no rain, that grass will dry out and turn brown, but that’s the beauty of the grass,” Kauff said. “We don’t really care that the grass is uniformly green, that’s not really our philosophy. Our philosophy is it’s OK to be a little bit brown.”
Dallas native Jordan Spieth says it’ll take time for his some of his colleagues to come around on the new course and its layout.
“There was a lot of skepticism from players and caddies regarding this place,” he said at a Tuesday press conference. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive over the past couple of days since people have gotten here.”
Complimentary parking is available at Fair Park at Gate 15, at the intersection of South Haskell and Beeman. A 12-minute free shuttle bus ride takes passengers to the course entrances.
Public transit riders can take the DART Green Line south to Buckner Station, then hop on the Route 466 West bus to Pemberton Hill/AT&T Byron Nelson stop. Route 466 West shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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