Trin­ity For­est’s ridges and rip­ples will test the pros

A Wrin­kle in Time

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - The Golf Life - —RON WHITTEN

WHEN HE FIRST SAW the Dal­las prop­erty that he and part­ner Ben Cren­shaw would turn into the new Trin­ity For­est Golf Club—a drab, tree­less, 165-acre table­top city dump perched above the tree-lined Trin­ity River— golf ar­chi­tect Bill Coore ig­nored the aban­doned re­frig­er­a­tors and scat­tered tires to focus on the flow of the land. It was a se­ries of ridges and rip­ples formed as parts of the closed land­fill set­tled over time. “It needed a good iron­ing,” Coore joked. In the end his con­struc­tion crew, though cap­ping the site with a thick layer of sand in which to grow grass and cre­ate waste­land roughs, took pains to pre­serve ev­ery dip, trough, hump and hol­low. With firm, run­ning L1F Zoysia fair­ways, Cham­pion Ber­muda greens and wisps of Buf­falo­grass in the rough, Trin­ity For­est plays best in parched con­di­tions. As with any Coore & Cren­shaw lay­out, it’s de­signed for lots of bump-and-run shots. When the pri­vate club hosts its first AT&T By­ron Nel­son Cham­pi­onship in May (the 50th an­niver­sary of that event), the ques­tion will be whether the pros can adapt to that style. There’s noth­ing else quite like it on the PGA Tour.

novem­ber 2017 get rollin’ The fifth (left) and 15th greens at Trin­ity For­est.

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