Byron Nelson Championship To Change Venues
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/15/13
Last December, we told you about the development of a "brownfield" / former landfill into the multi-million dollar Trinity Forest golf complex on the southern edge of Dallas. On Tuesday, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas announced that they have signed an agreement with the PGA Tour to move what is now called the HP Byron Nelson Championship to Trinity Forest. The site is currently dominated by a waste dump and overgrown brush.

Among the people who cannot wait to get going at the new site is Dallas major Mike Rawlings:
"We need to get dirt moving and get some infrastructure in there. This is fabulous news for us. I think the city is going to get back into world-class golf in a major way.
The only barrier remaining is an approval vote by the Dallas City Council today.

The tournament was established in 1944 as the Dallas Open, then was renamed in honor of the late and legendary Texas-born golfer Byron Nelson (1912—2006) in 1968. Since 1986, the tournament has been played at what is now the TPC Las Colinas course at the Four Seasons resort in suburban Irving.

The proposed course is not without controversy; although $12 million in taxpayer money will go toward building the course, the general public will only be permitted an estimated 25% of the available tee-times — and apparently without any guarantee of prime or attractive tee-times at that. The majority of access to the course would go belong to members of a private club that would be resident at the site. Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs told Dallas television station WFAA that the estimated membership cost would be between $100,000 and $150,000. But Rawlings says that this development will make the south side of the Trinity River area more attractive for business development.

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