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THE WEEKLY BEAR TRAP - Course Preview for the AT&T Byron Nelson 2018


  • THE WEEKLY BEAR TRAP - Course Preview for the ATT Byron Nelson 2018

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    "A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” - Payne Stewart


    The Course - Trinity Forest Golf Club

    After a spectacular tournament at the PLAYERS Championship, the PGA Tour moves to a new venue just south of Dallas at the new Trinity Forest Golf Club for the 50th anniversary of this event. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the team were able to convert what was once a landfill into a beautiful links-style course to emulate many of the old courses in England and in the Northeast. The course is a par-71 measuring 7,380 yards with four par 3s and three par 5s.

    Hole breakdown is as follows:

    Par 3 4
    Par 4 <400 1
    Par 4 400-450 6
    Par 4 450-500 2
    Par 4 > 500 2
    Par 5 3
    TOTAL 18
    Course Data

    Hole Par Yards
    1 5 552
    2 3 235
    3 4 412
    4 4 443
    5 4 315
    6 4 420
    7 5 570
    8 3 140
    9 4 505
    Front Nine Total 36 3592
    Avg 399.11
    10 4 416
    11 4 471
    12 3 205
    13 4 480
    14 5 630
    15 4 429
    16 4 429
    17 3 215
    18 4 502
    Back Nine Total 35 3788
    Avg 420.89
    TOTAL 71 7380
    AVG 410.00
    Coore and Crenshaw were able to convert the 160 acres of natural slopes, dips and humps and develop a course with rolling meadows, tall native grasses and interesting bunkering and green complexes. It is a strategic course and will require golfers to think their way around this course. To quote Bill Coore, “Good players hate uncertainty. Ben and I strive for uncertainty.” The fairways are big and wide with no trees as it is built on a landfill with restrictions as to what can go into the ground.

    Watch this short aerial view of the course -

    The tees and fairways will have Trinity Zoysia which has the ability to stay fast and firm, even in the harsh, dry Dallas weather. That means golfers should be able to get a little extra roll which can help shorter hitters off the tee. Kasey Kauff, director of grounds at Trinity Forest was quoted, “A lot of golf courses on the Tour reward the guy who hits the ball the furthest. Our course doesn’t do that. Our course rewards the guy who hits the best second shot, not the best drive.”

    Hole No. 3 (Par 4, 412 yards) and Hole No. 11 (Par 4, 471 yards)

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    The greens are Champion Bermuda which play somewhat fast around 10-11 on the stimpmeter. One of the most interesting greens is the double green complex of holes No. 3 and No. 11. The double green complex shared by holes No. 3 and No. 11 is one of the largest greens in North America (roughly 35,000 square feet) and should provide some of the craziest (and lengthy) putts we will see this year.

    The Evil Twins - Hole No. 5 (Par 4, 315 yards) and Hole No. 15 (Par 4, 440 yards)

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    Hole No. 5 plays uphill (and usually down-wind) onto the “Evil Twin” green (Hole No. 15 similarly shaped) that is small, sloped back to front and severely perched. There is a large bunker that sits about 40 yards short of the green. If golfers go for the green, their ball can easily bound over the green.

    Watch Geoff Ogilvy talk about driving to this short par 4 and see which is the optimal strategy

    Similarly but a bit longer, Hole 15 is also an uphill par 4 with a perched green as described above. Golfers will have to navigate past the bunkers on the left side of the fairway to setup their second shot. The right front of the green is protected by a mound.

    Overall, some golfers will hate this course, while others will take on what the course gives up if they are able to discover the nuances of every slope and ridge the course shows on each hole. The golfer who can find the right side of the fairway/ridge/slope will find themselves on top of the leaderboard come Sunday.

    Stay tuned for my Picks next week.

    • Jayalger
      Jayalger commented
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      The Nelson's official website has a "virtual venue" fan-based experience available for people to play around with. There fans can take virtual tours of holes 5, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18. That tour includes both a look at the course and at some of the suite locations and views.
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