Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club



Colonial Country Club

Fort Worth, TX Private

Overview

We give credit to Texas golf historian Frances G. Trimble for establishing the fact that Perry Maxwell, not John Bredemus, originally designed Colonial Country Club for Fort Worth businessman Marvin Leonard. Both architects submitted routings. Maxwell’s was used, while Bredemus supervised construction. Colonial sported the first bent-grass greens in Texas when it opened in 1936. In 1939, the USGA awarded Colonial its 1941 U.S. Open, the first ever in Texas, so Leonard brought Maxwell back to toughen the course. He added 56 bunkers and created the present par-3 fourth and par-4 fifth (two of the famed Horrible Horseshoe trio of holes) and a par-3 13th (since replaced following a 1968 rechanneling of the Trinity River). Keith Foster’s 2008 restoration wasn’t to everyone’s satisfaction. In 2023, Gil Hanse and his team will perform a complete restoration of the Maxwell design, giving it a similar treatment to the one they gave Maxwell's Southern Hills in 2018.

About

Holes 18
Length 7054
Slope 133
Facility Type Private
Designer Perry Maxwell/(R) Keith Foster/(R) Gil Hanse

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest:
2023-'24 ranking: 184th.

Best in State: Top 5 in state since 1977, ranked 1st in state 1985-2003, ranked 4th in state 2013-'22.

Current ranking: Fifth

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

3.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3309
Character
7.4658
Challenge
7.4557
Layout Variety
7.2402
Fun
7.1585
Aesthetics
7.0626
Conditioning
7.2644

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