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PGA TOUR: Emergency 9: AT&T Byron Nelson, Round 1 (Type: articles)
Here are nine tidbits from the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tour stop that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Trinity Forest Golf Club just south of Dallas hosts for the first time and plays 7,380 yards to a Par-71.
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The weather today was perfect for scoring as it was hot, sunny and barely a breath of breeze. The lack of wind is definitely odd for Texas but the heat is part and parcel. Friday will see a different forecast record high 98 10-20 SSE and gamers and golfers will see why the fairways and greens are the sizes they are!
Before the tournament started Trinity Forest member Jordan Spieth gave gamers an insight in what it takes to get it around at this one-of-a-kind Coore-Crenshaw design. He suggested that there were a handful of holes where the ball could be played on the ground but those attacking through the air would have the advantage. Then we heard during the broadcast that he usually plays the course on a golf board with headphones. He carded 14 pars, three birdies and a bogey (T57) in a more formal setting in Round 1 but his putter is still ice cold as he was 130 in SG: putting.
After a tight test tee-to-green last week, Trinity Forest is the exact opposite. The size of the greens at TPC Sawgrass averaged 4,500 square feet while this week’s test has greens that average 13,000 square feet. The fairway discrepancy is real as well, as around 100 acres of Zoysia carpet the distance tee-to-green while there was only 25 acres to aim at last week. The massive greens are tiered and hitting the proper plateau will be rewarded, especially as the wind picks up. The quick Bermuda last week is still Bermuda this week but is running much slower because of the runoffs and possibility of gusting winds. (Mike Glasscott | 5/17/18)
SPORTS DAY: Players’ reviews of Trinity Forest will be key to the AT&T Byron Nelson’s future (Type: articles)
Reviews of Trinity Forest will be the key to the AT&T Byron Nelson’s future. On Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, now playing in a different universe, not everything looked different. The customer base included the typical buzzed frat boys, big bellies and women teetering atop too-tall shoes, though, all things considered, they seemed less a part of the spectacle than usual. Probably because tournament officials more or less sequestered them in the Pavilion’s new digs, far from any actual golf.
If the partyers come back to Trinity Forest after the grand opening, they might want to rethink their footwear, anyway.
Of course, their patronage probably depends less on the effects of the fairly rugged terrain of the links-style course than it does on the question of whether the stars return to the Nelson. Only six of the top 50 came out this week, a cause for concern.
If Thursday’s reviews were any indication, the fine folks in red pants have no worries.
One after another, the players lined up to praise a course raised Lazarus-like out of a landfill by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
The cadre of cool kids sitting behind 16th-ranked Marc Leishman, leading at 10-under 61, called it “very fun,” “awesome” and “different.”
Asked what he’d tell the players waiting for the guinea pigs’ reaction, Aaron Wise, who shot an opening-round 65, said, “I think it’s worth playing. It’s a cool place. . . . Kind of a thinker’s course.
“I like that.”
From a purely golf perspective, that was the message of the day. The course doesn’t favor anyone’s game. Hit what you want. Play your vision of the hole.
The downside of such an egalitarian course?
“There’s so many different ways to play it,” said Keith Mitchell, like Wise tied for fourth, “you can get lost and end up playing the wrong shot.”
Consider homeboy Jordan Spieth, who’s probably spent more time on this course than the groundskeepers. Noting a lack of wind that made the tantalizingly short par-4 fifth practically defenseless, he drove the left lip. He then rolled his eagle putt off the back of the curb-less green and en
ded up with a bogey en route to a 2-under 69, eight shots back of Leishman. (Kevin Sherrington | 5/17/18)
YAHOO SPORTS: AT&T Byron Nelson Preview (Type: articles)
AT&T Byron Nelson Preview
There is a lot of monotony on the PGA TOUR so it’s always exciting when a new course joins the mix.
That is the case this week, as Trinity Forest Golf Club takes over hosting duties from TPC Four Seasons which had previously been a part of every edition of this event since 1983.
Let’s try to break down the new layout and see who might enjoy this unique test.
This links-style course was designed by the duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (also responsible for Kapalua). The course was built within the last five years and it was built on top of an old landfill, similar to Liberty National. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Similar to their layout for the Tournament of Champions, golfers will see wide fairways and plenty of undulations from tee-to-green. Coore and Crenshaw say the natural ripples are very reminiscent of Pinehurst No. 2 which is another course they’ve laid their hands on in terms of renovation.
Don’t mistake wide fairways for easy targets. Space and Angles will be key this week because landing on different sides of the fairways will set up how easy or difficult the second shot will become. There are also more than 80 bunkers in play to divert golfers from the task at hand.
On a hole-by-hole basis there aren’t many short holes and this course looks a bit long on paper but that is a bit deceiving. Trinity Forest is designed to be played firm and fast and they get a big assist in that regard from the grass type used in the fairways. From tee-to-green, they have Trinity Zoysia while the greens are Champion Bermuda. The zoysia plays very firm as it doesn’t require a lot of water to stay alive.
There is no maintained rough (only natural grasses or native areas to punish errant tee balls). That combination of Zoysia & Bermuda is used on other courses like TPC Southwind, East Lake, and Atlanta Athletic Club. The greens are only set to a target of 10.5 feet on the stimpmeter which tells us they likely have some extreme slopes so ramping up the speeds would turn putting into a nightmare.
GOLF DIGEST: Trinity Forest Golf Club promises to be the PGA Tour’s most intriguing venue (Type: articles)
The AT&T Byron Nelson isn’t just changing courses, it’s changing course.
As you may have heard, next year’s Nelson will be played on Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw-designed Trinity Forest Golf Club on a sand-capped landfill in rough and tumble South Dallas. The tournament, which has carried Mr. 11 Straight’s name since 1968, is leaving TPC Las Colinas, a bastion of the shiny affluence that distinguishes the northern reaches of the Metroplex, for a less glamorous area that retains the look and feel of a pre-boomtown past. Most importantly, it’s moving from the inherent artificiality of modern golf architecture to the elemental design values that harken back to the origins of the game.
In fact, Trinity Forest is night and day from any other venue on tour. A windswept, nearly treeless expanse of dunes, waving prairie grass, and fast, undulating turf, the new place has every attribute of a links except cawing sea birds and an ocean.
It’s a big risk for everyone involved. You can almost hear the hushed clatter of dice hitting the side rails, including those thrown by the sponsor (AT&T), the developers (Jonas Woods and Thomas Dundon), the members, the city of Dallas and the Salesmanship Club, which runs the Nelson.
Uncertainty will prevail for the next year. Everyone may miss the cozy confines of the Four Seasons, an infrastructure that helped make the Nelson No. 1 on tour in charitable dollars raised and a perfectly adequate—if not revered—golf course. The only way this thing works is if Trinity Forest is a home run.
That next year’s Nelson will cause a sensation is a given. There will be lavish praise, and there will be howling. Some players will love the cerebral, pinball-ish ground game at Trinity Forest, its ice-sculpture greens and the shabby chic of its out-of-play areas. Other expert practitioners used to hitting high shots to soft targets just aren’t going to get it. Someone will four-putt or five-putt and pitch a fit. Some viral videos may result. (Curt Sampson | 5/15/18)
GOLFDOM: Living of the Land(fill) (Type: articles)
A look at Trinity Forest GC’s origins
Golf courses developed atop former landfills, once a novelty, today are fairly commonplace, though the construction and subsequent maintenance of these courses is as varied as the trash heaps on which they sit.
Public exposure to this genre may never be higher than later this month, when Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas plays host to the PGA Tour’s 50th Anniversary AT&T Byron Nelson Classic May 14-20. But it’s unlikely that television commentators (or the golf writers who cover Tour events) will see fit to detail just how anomalous this project remains.
For starters, Trinity Forest GC is a private club, whereas most landfill courses are owned and managed by municipalities still responsible for the decommissioned landfills themselves. Because of this, the development consortium here brimmed with stakeholders: the city of Dallas, club investors, course designers Coore & Crenshaw, construction firm Landscapes Unlimited, owner’s rep firm Oncore, the Audubon Society of Dallas (the site essentially is surrounded by environmentally protected land), and Kasey Kauff, the course superintendent retained well before the first of 750,000 cubic yards of fill was ever delivered to the site, some 8 miles south of downtown Dallas.
“We were brought in early, before everything was finalized, so we could help out with budgeting, projections, logistics and the navigation of regulations — to help them get to the starting line,” says Ty Arndt, the project manager for Landscapes Unlimited at Trinity Forest. “This is fairly typical, but it still stands out for us because every feature out there today was built out of fill. There were no cuts here, zero cuts. We had to stay away from the landfill cap at all costs. If the architect wanted a low spot in the fairway, we had to build up the surrounds to achieve that.
“Bill [Coore] and Ben [Crenshaw] loved this site because the landfill had been improperly constructed. It suffered a whole bunch of settling over the years that just happened to produce lots of very pockmarked, linksy surfaces. They loved that look. But when the city came back in to remediate one last time before we got busy, a lot of that got changed and plated over with flat clay. So, part of our challenge was to use all that fill to replicate the look of those settled areas that hadn’t been plated over.” (Phillip Hall | 5/15/18)
PGA TOUR: Who’s feeling confident at Trinity Forest? (Type: articles)
The AT&T Byron Nelson is the ninth oldest event on PGA TOUR, dating back to 1944, and is two years older than next week’s Forth Worth Invitational and the Houston Open. The Valero Texas Open, established in 1922 and the third-oldest event on TOUR, is the patriarch of the bunch.
Golf in Texas has a proud history and that story will add another chapter this week as for the second time in three years, a new course will be brought into the PGA TOUR rotation. In 2016 the Austin Country Club made its debut as it hosted the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. This year, Trinity Forest — a 7,380 yard, par 71 course — will add its name to the list of places to hold TOUR events as it replaces TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas as host.
Located 12 miles south of Dallas, Trinity Forest has exactly zero trees on the property, but that hasn’t stopped Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw from their vision of an American-style links layout. Surrounded by forest, the course sits on an old landfill on property that is being leased from the City of Dallas for 40 years. Coore and Crenshaw shaped and molded this unique development under the watchful eye of governmental and environmental regulations. Not even two years old, Trinity Forest is still maturing but is ready to provide a unique test this week.
Jordan Spieth, one of the few members in the event, described it as an American links course. While there are a handful of shots that can be played on the ground, the majority will be played through the air. There isn’t any water, but 88 bunkers, wildlife reclamation areas and an unfamiliar grass, Trinity Zoysia, will present challenges to the field. All of the grass on the course, save for the Champion Bermuda greens, is Trinity Zoysia. The Zoysia, named for the course where it only exists, will run from tee to the edge of every green and there’s barely, if any, rough on the course. The absence of trees means the presence of wind and Texas has plenty of it. May isn’t the calmest time of year weather-wise either; big breezes and big, slick greens don’t mix, so the greens will run around 10.5 feet on the Stimpmeter. (Mike Glasscott | Published 5/15/18)
GOLF CHANNEL: Trinity Forest Used Trinity Zoysia to Make a Links-Style Course (Type: articles)
Trinity Forest fights weather to maintain links-style grasses
Geoff Shackelford gets the lowdown on the way Trinity Forest Golf Club of Dallas, Texas has made a links-style course by using special grass that mimics fescue.
Superintendent Kasey Kauff says “We were trying out different grasses and seeing what was gonna play most like a fescue. Firm, fast, bouncy on the ground game.”
Despite the weather, which is predicted to reach the 100s, Trinity Zoysia holds up. “We chose the right turfgrasses for the right area,” Kauff says. “We don’t have to baby these, we can stress them as much as we want and get the desired result”
GOLF CHANNEL: Wild Week for the PGA Tour (Type: articles)
Shackelford: Wild to watch PGA Tour pros deal with Trinity Forest
Geoff Shackelford explains that there will be mixed reviews about Trinity Forest Golf Club from the PGA Tour pros and fans for the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Geoff Shackelford says “It’s unbelievable, it’s going to be a wild week for the PGA Tour, it’s so different than what the golfers are used to.”
CW 33: Byron Nelson’s new Dallas course will be hot this week… literally! (Type: articles)
One guy who’s happy with the change is hometown favorite Jordan Spieth. In seven appearances at the tournament’s previous course, he finished in the top 30 only twice and missed the cut last year. He’s a founding member of Trinity Forest and estimates he’s played 30 to 40 rounds there already, giving him confidence he can change his Byron Nelson fortune.
The course is unique in a couple ways: it’s built on a landfill, and because of that it has no trees nor water hazards. Tree roots and digging to create ponds would have ruptured the landfill’s cap, creating an environmental problem. Given that design limitation, the course was built to mimic the links-style courses popular in the sport’s homeland of Scotland: wide-open, wavy fairways, and lots of sand traps and dunes.
“There was a lot of skepticism from players and caddies about this place,” says Spieth, “[but] it’s been overwhelmingly positive over the last couple days since people have gotten here.”
However, not having trees will be a problem this week as it means no natural shade from temperatures that will be in the 90s during each of the four rounds. Fans can find at least a little relief in some covered grandstands, so grab a seat if you can! Spieth recommends the 360-degree grandstand in the middle of holes 6, 12, and 16 too see lots of shots from one place, and also the 8th hole which is a short par-3 that will offer a hole-in-one opportunity on every shot.
The tournament tees off Thursday morning and runs through Sunday. (Brian Sandler | Published 5/15/18)
Play Picks: AT&T Byron Nelson Picks & Preview (Type: articles)
DraftKings Fantasy Golf Picks & Plays for AT&T Bryon Nelson
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There’s not the normal bevy of stats and course history this week. No comparable competitive rounds have ever been played on the course. That’s right: Trinity Forest is a brand new course for the tour. It was built with the sole purpose of attracting a PGA Tour event. Normally a 7,450-yard Par 72, this week it will play as a 7,380-yard Par 71. If you want the video run down version, check it out here.
Trinity Forest is going to be different than anything most of these golfers are used to seeing this side of the pond. It is a full-links-style course set right in the middle of the Dallas suburbs. Built on top of an old landfill, the “natural” mounding is plentiful throughout and allows for lots of misfortune.
Now, the fairways are 100 yards wide in some cases and should be hit by everyone in the field with ease regardless of the club. There is also basically no rough; you either have a tight firm lie or are in the native area. The same holds true for around the greens. The difficulty around here is the approach and strategy of each hole.
And don’t forget the Texas wind and heat. Pay attention to weather this week. The conditions at Trinity are more weather dependent than most on tour. Completely exposed and designed to use very little water, the custom Trinity Zoysia grass is meant to play firm and fast all the time. Similarly, the Championship Bermuda on the greens is one of the firmer grasses out there. (Published 5/15/18)