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Work Underway on New Course at The Tribute


Construction continues the "New Course," a Tripp Davis/Justin Leonard collaboration. The course will become the second 18-hole layout - following the Old Course - at The Tribute - when it debuts in the summer of 2009.

The course and surrounding community on the shores of Lake Lewisville in The Colony, Texas, are a joint venture involving Matthews Southwest and Wynne/Jackson. The New Course is Leonard's first project in his home state and the culmination of a long-time relationship with Davis, who he teamed with to design Shorefox Golf Club in Granby, Colo. The new layout contains elements of classic architecture, featuring holes inspired by such masters as Donald Ross, C.B. MacDonald, Alister MacKenzie and A.W. Tillinghast.

The Old Course was also designed by the Oklahoma-based Davis, and features holes from famous British Open venues. When the second course opens, golfers will be able to sample actual holes and design treatments from far-away and private venues they may otherwise not have to access to.

"Tripp and Justin share many ideas and opinions about golf course design, and we are excited about the partnership and their vision for the New Course," said Michael C. Jackson, principal, Wynne/Jackson. "Tripp has a deep understanding of classic golf concepts, developed during the extensive time he spent in Scotland studying many of the British Isles' most storied courses. Justin has the insight gained from years of playing the world's best courses at an extremely high level. The New Course is destined to join its sibling as a 'must-play' in the Dallas area."

Davis and Leonard's layout is being adorned with the contours, hazards and green shapes of masterpieces such as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs. Large, flowing bunkers, native grasses and subtle elevation changes will challenge players and make the New Course a unique test. Eight holes will run alongside Lake Lewisville.

"The New Course presents a thrilling opportunity to match golf's most enduring design elements with a spectacular canvas," said Davis, an accomplished amateur player who starred at the University of Oklahoma. "The finished product will delight architecture buffs and everyday players with recognizable features from famous and storied courses throughout the U.S. and Texas. Everyone will enjoy the views of Lake Lewisville and a stirring test of golf."

Davis, an admitted hands-on designer who only takes on a small number of projects simultaneously, said Leonard is as involved and exacting as any player/designer he has worked with.

Adds Leonard, a Dallas-native, about Davis: "I knew Tripp when he was playing golf for OU (University of Oklahoma). I knew at some point that I wanted to test the design waters, but I also wanted to wait for the right person and the right project. I turned down several opportunities until Tripp came along. It was kind of natural with me being from Dallas and with Tripp's experience on designing quality courses. He's challenged me to think about why I like certain holes, and then to be able to take that from paper to the field and see it come life."

About The Tribute

The Tribute is a master-planned golf resort-style development that offers community centers, pools, parks, playgrounds, schools, hiking and biking trails, landscaped canals, and hundreds of acres of open space reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. A total of 1,150 single family lots, 160 golf villas, 183 townhomes, and 700 European condominium units will overlook the Tribute's two courses and Lake Lewisville, just 23 miles from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.

For more information about The Tribute, visit www.thetribute.com.