10 May GolfPass Grass Guru – Trinity Forest Golf Club
AT&T Byron Nelson • Hole 17 • Par 3 • 215 yds
Last year we were introduced to the new AT&T Byron Nelson host course, Trinity Forest Golf Club. It was love at first sight. This year, we’re back and I couldn’t be happier. This course is a phenomenal addition to the Tour, and one of the best courses built in the past decade.
Maybe it’s my fondness for capped landfill courses having worked on one, but Trinity Forest is all that is right with modern golf course design. Open, strategic shot placements, amazing bunkers, and out of this world green complexes. The largest green in America is here, making it even more of a homage to the old course. I mean c’mon, I would kill to walk mow that green, and would want to be killed if I had to spray it. I love the fact that several of the greens butt up against the surrounding woods. Miss long and you’re in the woods, miss to the right, woods, left, woods. Fantastic. It’s been a long, long time since a course has got me so fired up. Sadly, it’s a course I can’t even play because it’s locked behind exclusivity. That is the only thing wrong with this course, the fact that more people cannot experience it’s beautiful aesthetics.
Choosing a bunker here, whilst being distracted by the greens, and the lack of trees, was a hard task. There are dangerous fringed monsters on almost every hole. The bunker this week is the small, nondescript, green side right bunker on hole 17. Another mesmerizing green sloping to the right leads to the surrounding woods. Only this bunker and its twin stand to protect a wayward roll from ending in disaster. A small safety net that can help a golfer survive the final stretches of a fast and windy course (I know it’s very wet there this week, so not as fast, but forget that).
Coore and Crenshaw smashed this out of of the park. I’m drooling just writing this. They fit 18 amazing holes on this useless land, and utilized every inch to perfection. Forget Augusta, forget Pine Valley, forget Oakmont – Trinity Forest is my Holy Grail. I’m a links guy and that will never change, and this is a course that is my Moby Dick. And just like Ahab, I’ll die without ever getting the chance to conquer it. At least we can watch the pros dissect this course this week, and that just has to be good enough for now.
Any DFW members, that have somehow stumbled upon a piece about bunkers, I’ll gladly fill in as a fourth. I’ll even caddy for everyone.
Cover Photo: Andy Johnson / The Fried Egg
Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.