Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was treated to a round at Jack Matthews’ new Old American Golf Club, in The Colony. To me, it felt like the course was, oh, the the fourth-best public-access course in the state. I mean, just from personal experience. Well, Golf Magazine has confirmed that I have good taste when it comes to golf courses. Their September issue pegs the Old American at No. 5. Full release after the jump.
The Old American Golf Club Debuts at No. 5 in GOLF Magazine’s
Ranking of Best Public Courses in Texas
(THE COLONY, Tex.) — The Old American Golf Club — designed by Tripp Davis and PGA TOUR/Ryder Cup star Justin Leonard — is ranked No. 5 among Texas’ best public-access courses by GOLF Magazine in the September issue.
Located at The Tribute Resort Community north of Dallas on the shores of Lake Lewisville, The Old American is in elite company on the list of Texas’ finest, alongside several hosts to professional tour events and world famous resorts. The state boasts more than 560 public-access facilities in all. GOLF Magazine’s ratings panel included editorial staff and well-traveled golf industry sources.
“To be ranked in the top one percent of all public golf courses in Texas in our first year is a tremendous honor and testament to The Old American’s design pedigree and lakefront setting,” says Jeff Kindred, PGA general manager of The Old American.
Inspired by the ‘Golden Age’ of golf course architecture between 1911 and 1937, The Old American’s natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes were influenced by such masterpieces as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs.
The design emphasizes strategy and shot-making and flows with a natural rhythm from first tee to 18th green. The Old American features six sets of tees, ranging from the 5215-yard forward markers to the 7174-yard “Leonard” tournament tees.
Davis and Leonard conceived the routing and layout with both medal and match play in mind, as golfers are required to hold “steady to par” through a number of holes, but enticed to gamble on birdie or better during select stretches of the course.
For more information about The Old American Golf Club and The Tribute Resort Community visit www.theoldamericangolfclub.com and www.thetribute.com.
About The Tribute
The Tribute is an unmatched lakefront, golf resort community on Lake Lewisville. Nestled between two world-class golf courses and a 23,200-acre lake, the community offers first-class luxury amenities anchored by a spectacular clubhouse with restaurants and meeting facilities. This 1,500-acre master-planned development boasts beautiful amenity centers, resort-style pools, gardens, parks and playgrounds, a future on-site school, more than six miles of hike-and-bike trails, beautifully landscaped canals, and hundreds of acres of accessible open space – perfect for the Old World architecture that is the signature look of The Tribute.