Dallas National - Texas - USA

Dallas National Golf Club,
1515 Knoxville Street,
Texas 75211,

  • +1 214 331 6144

Tom Fazio might not design the world’s toughest courses but there is little doubt in our mind that he designs appealing and generally exciting layouts. He is also a man on a mission, a mission to have his name tattooed on the top Texan courses. Naturally, Fazio is the man behind Dallas National Golf Club.

We’ve know a fair bit about Tom Fazio and we think he is a magnificent architect but we do sometimes wonder: “If Dallas National were the only course I ever designed, I feel I would have had a great career.” The fact of the matter is that Dallas National is just another of Fazio’s top-notch creations. If you have a multi-multi-million dollar budget and you want to create another exclusive private members club then he is definitely the man for you.

Elevation, elevation, elevation seems to be the motto for successful modern US golf courses and Dallas National is no different. Set in a limestone canyon, which plunges through and across ravines to raised plateaux landing areas, the course is dramatic and exciting. The conditioning is naturally immaculate and the panoramic views of the city of Dallas and the absence of houses makes a lovely change with a genuine feeling of escape.

This is quintessential Fazio design but a couple of ordinary par threes have sneaked in along with a weak 17th which may peg Dallas National back in the long-term rankings. But there's no doubt that this is a bold new millennium design which will sadly be kept under its members’ lock and key. We think a simple but limited visitor policy would actually help the Dallas National cause and put into practice some of the preacher’s quotes – “They say seeing is believing. But actually seeing Dallas National Golf Club is unbelievable” – which appeared in the local press.

If the above article is inaccurate, please let us know by clicking here

Write a review

Reviews for Dallas National

Average Reviewers Score:
Description: Tom Fazio is a man on a mission, a mission to have his name tattooed on many top Texan courses. Naturally, Fazio is the man behind Dallas National Golf Club. Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
M. James Ward

When assessing courses the number one element that I look for is how good is the terrain the layout occupies?

Dallas National is not for the faint of heart. One has to golf your ball around the property. In many instances, architect Tom Fazio specializes in creating end products that have the "look" but usually play down the shotmaking challenges.

That's not the case here.

The site is a former limestone canyon and true to form, Fazio weaves a routing that provides the fullest usage of the property. Just when you think you've seen it all -- there's another hole -- another shot -- that shakes you to full attention.

In years past, the Texas golf scene was rather subdued -- courses located on fairly mundane pieces of property with little to really standout.

Dallas National is a vintage "golf club." The golf takes center stage and Fazio is quick to include a broad array of holes. Interestingly, the layout begins with the most benign impact for an opening hole. Things ramp up rapidly and to Fazio's credit he delivers an end product that captures every nook and cranny on the site.

Texas golf has clearly accelerated its position in the USA. Dallas National is clearly among the finest in Texas and deseres serious mention as being one of Fazio's finest achievements. Why the club does not receive more fanfare escapes me. Too many people have continued to view Texas golf as a backwater when the reality is that those with such an ignorant viewpoint need to spend a bit more time and see what is now happening.

Dallas National delivers.

M. James Ward

August 25, 2020
9 / 10
Reviewer Score:

Respond to above review
  Was this review helpful?
0 people found this review helpful

Fergal O'Leary
Numerous PGA Tour professionals (who will remain nameless to respect their privacy) belong here and I was fortunate to spend time with one of them which was a treat for me. Tom Fazio is enormously proud of this golf course and with a state the size of Texas, there aren’t too many golf courses which bring people down to the Lone Star state. I was pleasantly surprised with a feature of this Fazio layout which I had not experienced before. The greens have more tiers and contours than the human eye can see from the fairway. A novice around this course will find themselves asking “did my ball finish on the green?” Anybody who thinks that Texas is flat needs to visit Dallas National and learn that the land is naturally rolling and the construction didn’t require bulldozers. This place has more uphill & downhill holes that require you to walk across impressive bridges (refer to club logo) to get to your destination. DNGC has plenty of ravines which you hit across, the likes of which I remember seeing in Japan and South Korea. Fazio will test the best of the PGA tour and will ask you to shape the ball throughout the southern air in all directions. I experienced great design variety in both the routing and the green complexes/shapes. The club has a modest clubhouse which suits the nature of the club as the focus is on golf. The practice facilities rival the best in the world, and one of the highlights of the entire day is to pay a visit to the short-game chipping area which is majestic. This club is tucked at the end of a sleepy street, but when you enter the gates, fasten your seat-belt.
October 07, 2012
8 / 10
Reviewer Score:

Respond to above review
  Was this review helpful?
1 person found this review helpful