Trinity Forest Golf Club was created explicitly to attract prestigious golf championships back to Dallas; thereby, driving community impact and charitable activity. Further, the club endeavors to create a special place where our members and guests may foster camaraderie, enjoying the undefeatable game of golf.
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the championship course at Trinity Forest Golf Club adheres to their design philosophy that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding. Built in the Great Trinity Forest and surrounded on its edges by thousands of majestic hardwood trees, the classic links-style course artistically meanders through an open meadow of rolling, rumpled sand recalling the wind swept land of Great Britain or the Northeastern US.
The Club is located less than 10 minutes from downtown Dallas on Great Trinity Forest Way, and the facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course, a world-class practice academy, and a short course, all designed by Coore and Crenshaw.
Trinity Forest annually hosts an NCAA invitational tournament and additional high-profile professional and amateur events. The Club is also the home course for SMU’s golf team.
The vision of Trinity Forest Golf Club began with a private group of individuals and organizations aspiring to create a home for championship golf in Dallas, and at the same time, bring economic and charitable impact to the City. In 2012, the Mayor and City Council enthusiastically and unanimously embraced this vision and formed a public-private partnership to develop the golf course and clubhouse. The club members and stakeholders would invest over $60 million to develop the course and facilities and lease the unusable land from the City of Dallas.
The land which the course occupies today began as an unusable landfill and the City of Dallas was obligated by the State to spend an estimated $12 million to remediate it. By partnering with the golf course developers, the City reduced its remediation burden to roughly $4 million and used the remaining funds to invest in community projects, such as improved roads and utility systems which serve the surrounding area and Trinity River Audubon Center. In addition, working with the Audubon Center, the course completed one of the largest restorations of the native Blackland Prairie, one of the most endangered eco-systems in North America.
For its efforts at reclaiming what was once wasted land, the course was given the coveted Green Star Award by Golf Digest for outstanding environmental practices. According to Ron Whitten, editor of the publication, the course may be a model for future golf course construction and maintenance. “Look closely at Trinity Forest. It may well be the future look for all golf in America, public and private,” he stated in the recent issue.
The golf course opened for play in October 2016 and the clubhouse was completed in October 2017. In May 2018, the vision of this partnership reached a zenith milestone as the course hosted the first PGA TOUR event to be played in the City of Dallas in several decades.
As a stakeholder in the project, SMU made a significant contribution to southern Dallas by committing $6 million to build a new practice and training facility for the SMU men’s and women’s golf teams. Trinity Forest is their home course and annually hosts a two national collegiate invitationals. And finally, the project includes a learning facility for The First Tee of Greater Dallas which teaches young people valuable life lessons, along with how to play this great game of golf. Over a thousand under-served and at-risk Dallas area youth will benefit from these character-building lessons.
A current scorecard would give high marks to all involved. The City of Dallas turned an abandoned, unusable piece of property and a $12 million liability into a vibrant economic driver. The City leveraged a $4 million investment into over $60 million in private investment in southern Dallas. Championship golf has returned to Dallas, and with it, a significant annual economic impact. The club itself hosts community tournaments that contribute more than $1 million per year to local causes, and local Dallas kids have an opportunity to learn and grow with golf.