8301 Harry Hines Boulevard,
Texas (TX) 75235,
- +1 214 637 1914
5 miles NW of Dallas city centre, south side of Dallas Love Field airport
Members and their guests only
Back in the early 1920s, Cameron Buxton was the businessman who asked his friend A W Tillinghast to source a location for a course in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the trained eye of the esteemed architect chose the then rural setting, beside one of the Trinity River branches to the west of Dallas.
The Lone Star State is known for the generally poor quality of its earth, much of it clay, but the site selected for Brook Hollow Golf Club was not only slightly undulating in a relatively flat area, it was mainly made up of sandy soil, creating a wonderful, free-draining base for the fairways.
Built on what was at that time open, rolling farmland, the lush acres of the Brook Hollow course have unfortunately become surrounded by urban sprawl on all sides due to the inexorable outward spread of the city of Dallas.
Brook Hollow may be hemmed in somewhat as modern living continues all around at a relentless pace, but within its designated boundary, this classic parkland layout remains an oasis of peace and calm, a veritable golfing refuge from the hustle and bustle outside.
Shot-makers like Ben Hogan have always appreciated this course where, apart from the par threes, there are only two straight holes on the scorecard, the gentle par five 1st and the tough, par four 12th. Seven holes require a fade off the tee and six call for a draw.
One of the hardest holes at Brook Hollow is the slightly uphill, 449-yard 7th hole. This long, difficult par four veers right (with three huge fairway bunkers on the inside of the dogleg) toward a heavily bunkered green that’s framed by enormous pines trees. Little wonder that Hogan, with his ability to power fade, rated this hole as his favourite number 7 in America.
By all accounts, Brook Hollow was the first course to install complete fairway irrigation when it was built in 1921. Seventy-two years later, the course was renovated by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and later by Tripp Davis. However, in 2019 the course closed for a Keith Foster restoration with the express aim of returning the layout to its Tillinghast roots.
Brook Hollow reopened in November 2020 with plenty of 21st century technology underpinning this big budget restoration, including SubAir temperature controlled bentgrass greens.
Wow, played UT/OU Friday and this course is an amazing classic course that I had not played since the mid 90s. Great Tillinghast design with square greens that run pure and lots of elevation change.
I’ve played many Tillinghast designs to include: SFGC, Philly Cricket, Bethpage, Winged Foot, and Ridgewood. I would put Brook Hollow up there in terms of rankings. Although a few doglegs it does not get repetitive. The course was in immaculate shape best holes are 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17. Back 9 are superior IMO.
I just finished playing the renovated Brook Hollow. I would put this course as my favorite in Texas especially after the renovation. Greens are firm and fast, course condition is amazing, and a great playing experience.
New course is a huge improvement.
As an addendum to Kenny's review, I'm sure he's referring to Keith Foster's restoration versus the previous renovation work done under Coore & Crenshaw; Foster is particularly known for his work at Tillinghast courses and, based on the photos I have seen from this project, it looks like a treat. Stay friends with your host, Kenny!