(THE COLONLY, Texas) – Old American Golf Club – a pure golf experience from award-winning architect Tripp Davis and PGA TOUR player Justin Leonard – vaulted from No. 46 to 39 in the Dallas Morning News “Top 100 Courses in Texas” rankings released on May 11.
Located 40 minutes north of Dallas and 45 minutes from Fort Worth, Old American was also ranked No. 7 in the Morning News’s “Top 50 You Can Play,” making it the highest rated course in the Metroplex. Nearly 100 panelists from across Texas – high-ranking amateurs, course designers, journalists and industry insiders – use criteria like design uniqueness, playability, challenge and aesthetics to select the best of its 800-plus courses.
“The Morning News Top 100 is one of the most authoritative rankings in the U.S. and we’re honored to have moved up seven spots,” says Mike McCabe, General Manager at Old American Golf Club. “Tripp and Justin created a thought-provoking layout that emphasizes shot making and strategy, but still holds up against big hitters.”
Old American opened in 2010 along the shore of Lake Lewisville. Inspired by the “Golden Age” of golf course architecture – a period of excellence between 1911 and 1937 — it also garnered “best new” recognition from GOLF Magazine, and LINKS. Naturally formed bunkers, organic green complexes and a variety of native grasses combine to create holes leveraging varying wind conditions.
The course is a regular stop for PGA TOUR professionals in DFW. Rod Pampling, who sports the Old American logo on his bag, holds the course record of 66. He broke the previous record held by Nathan Green (67) and Leonard and K.J. Choi before that (68). Other pros utilizing Old American’s world-class practice facilities and tournament-caliber layout include Y.E. Yang, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, and Paul Stankowski.
For more information: (972) 370-4653, www.oldamericangolfclub.com.
About Old American Golf Club
Inspired by the ‘Golden Age’ of golf course architecture between 1911 and 1937, 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.
Acclaimed architect Tripp Davis, an accomplished amateur player and former All-American at the University of Oklahoma and PGA TOUR/Ryder Cup star Justin Leonard, who played golf at the University of Texas, toured and played a handful of America’s classic Golden Age golf courses prior to starting the design process for Old American.
The result is a golf course that emphasizes strategy and shot-making and flows with a natural rhythm from first tee to 18th green. 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.