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Cleburne Golf Links Opens in Dallas/Fort Worth area


Winding over, around and next to Lake Pat Cleburne, the new Cleburne Golf Links is as close to a true Scottish Links as any golfer will find in the Dallas/Fort Worth area without a trip across the Atlantic. Similar to the Old Course in St. Andrews, the outward nine extends north to a point furthest from the clubhouse and then turns back around to the south, offering views to the lowland holes adjacent to the shoreline and across the lake.

When asked to explain the focus of his ideas behind the course, architect John Colligan of Colligan Golf Design said: "Our primary objective was to make sure that the design and features of the course did not compete or overpower the site. We wanted the course to work in concert with the gently rolling terrain, native grasses and breathtaking views."

This approach also helped to minimize the amount of material that needed to be moved and which kept the budget below the $3 million mark. Colligan believes that the architect has a responsibility to the public as well as the owner - in this case the city of Cleburne - to be prudent in the design process to keep green fees reasonable without sacrificing the overall look and feel of a golf course.

"We were very excited when city officials agreed that this should be a course that will help to grow the game of golf," Colligan said, "We have incorporated great putting, short-game and practice range facilities along with a beginner-junior tee on each hole that play to a total length of 2,695 yards."

Each hole offers four tee sets that measure 5,399 yards from the front and up to 7,068 from the tips. The course features Miniverde greens, Tifsport Bermuda tees and fairways, GN-1 Bermuda primary rough, Sahara Bermuda secondary rough and a mixture of several native grasses in the tertiary rough. All these grasses work together to provide the golfer with superior playing surfaces along with considerable color and texture contrast.

Now that Cleburne Golf Links opened on July 4th, Colligan, based in Arlington, Texas, is currently working on major renovation plans with the city of Fort Worth on Rockwood Golf Course and the city of Dallas for Stevens Park Golf Course. Minor renovations are in progress at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club along with Shady Oaks and River Crest Country Clubs in Fort Worth. Other recently renovated layouts in the Lone Star State include Squaw Valley's Apache Links Course in Glen Rose, and Brackenridge Park in San Antonio.

For more information about Cleburne Golf Links, call 817/641-4501 or visit http://www.ci.cleburne.tx.us/golf.aspx.