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Design Takes Shape for Dallas ‘Landfill’ Golf Course With A Great View

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Designers of the 400-acre Trinity Forest Golf Course in southeast Dallas have a preliminary master plan on the drawing board.  And, wait’ll you get a load of the tee shot for the sixth hole.

Coore & Crenshaw is the firm selected to design the championship, 18-hole golf course. Bill Coore’s been playing golf for years and so has his partner, Texan Ben Crenshaw – 19 PGA championships. Now they design golf courses.  Coore says it’s the first time he’s created a course on an old landfill site.

“Actually, in spite of the fact it’s on a landfill which doesn’t exactly conjure up great visions for golf, but when we went out and started to study the site, we realized this has a lot of interesting aspects for golf,” Coore said, mentioning different elevations and interesting contours. 

He says they’ve laid out the shape of the course, where the 18 holes will be, as well as the adjoining practice courses for the SMU golf team and the non-profit First Tee of Greater Dallas. Coore says there are a couple of holes that’ll have great views of the Dallas skyline.

Designer rendering of proposed Trinity Forest golf course.

“Particularly from the fifth and sixth holes from the golf course, it’s very noticeable,” Coore said remarking how close the course is to downtown. “Actually the tee shot on the sixth hole goes right toward what I think is the Bank of America building in Dallas. You see building rising up over the horizon where the fairway’s going to be off in the distance.  So, it actually makes for not only a focal point, but from a golf standpoint, an aiming point.”

Groundbreaking for the $20-50 million golf complex is slated for this fall. Tee time in the spring of 2016.

Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.