Landfill Dump Converted to PGA Golf Course

Dallas’ Trinity Forest Golf Club, located less than 10 minutes from downtown Dallas on Great Trinity Forest Boulevard and conceived about three years ago, is scheduled to open is to open by early fall, perhaps as soon as September 1. The site is located in the midst of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest on what was an 400-acre unusable landfill. The facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course with a clubhouse on the ninth hole, a world-class practice academy and a short course, all designed by Championship course designers Coore and Crenshaw.

Developers are constructing all the necessary infrastructure for hosting prestigious events held by the PGA Tour, PGA of America and United States Golf Association. Significantly, it is built completely on a closed landfill. The turf part of the course is 70 acres and the remaining half is endangered Blackland forest restoration all around the course and intermingled within it. Although drainage was a major undertaking, some potential problems were minimized because the landfill had been settling for more than 30 years and had low levels of methane gas.

What is unique about Trinity Forest Golf Club is the attention to environmental restoration and detail; it is a completely different design not available to golfers in Texas—treeless, with wide Landfill turned PGA fairways, turf and plants adaptable to Texas heat and humidity, explains Kasey Kueff of Woods Capital, developer of the golf club.

The layout measures 7,300 yards from the tips and plays to a par of 71 with 11 par 4 holes, four par 3 holes and three par 5 holes. Three holes cross a deep ravine and three others have split fairways. Most of the greens are slightly elevated, with tightly mowed surrounding areas.

Trinity Forest will become host for the AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament no later than 2019. The tournament's current contract with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas runs through 2018.

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