Tom Fazio (2002)
It occupies some of the best golfing terrain in the Dallas Metroplex – rugged hills dotted with cedars – yet Tom Fazio still indulged in considerable shifting of earth when creating Dallas National. The par-3 17th, for instance, is countersunk into an excavated box canyon of rock, while a deep ravine in front of the 18th green was filled in to lessen the difficulty of the approach for average players. There's talk that a new course recently built in the same area of Dallas could have the potential to host a U.S. Open. Dallas National members feel they already have a course worthy of the task.
Highest ranking: No. 59, 2007-2012 and current ranking. Previous ranking: No. 61
“Dallas isn't known for undulating topography, but the course has impressive elevation change and lots of movement.”
“Several improvements have been made recently, opening up new vistas, redoing the bunkers, and making slight changes to several greens and tees and planting new trees. The most significant change was to the par-5 18th hole. It was lengthened by 30 yards, and three fairway bunkers were enlarged and two more added to come into play on the tee shot. Along with a new back tee off set to the right, it has become a much better finishing hole.”
“Dallas National is a secluded and exclusive private club built on an unusual property for the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex featuring three ridges and valleys. The nature of the property made it perfect for golf, and there are no homes on the course. The club preserves the ambiance and tradition of the game through its caddie program and professional service. It is Jordan's Spieth's home club. As a side note, the club also features one of the best practice facilities in the U.S.”
“Nothing felt manufactured. The shaping tie-ins were perfect around the greens and fairway edges in very much classic form.”
“Impressive passion from the club for quality golf. So much so that they are revising a few holes to continually test the best players. I can think of few clubs willing to go through the hoops they have at the chase of the best golf experience possible.”