Dallas, TX already had the world’s only golf club affiliated with an (American) football franchise, and during 2019 it doubled down when the city of Arlington built a municipal course tied to the local professional baseball squad, the Texas Rangers.
There was previously a course on the location, but the city brought in Texas native John Colligan to provide an overhaul, involving a rerouting to better take advantage of the location’s natural elevation changes. The scope of the hazards was increased to more than 110,000 square feet of sand, but not to worry: The fairways have also widened. The dry climate also required a rethink of the course’s water strategy, and now much of the club’s water comes from recycled runoff.
The long par four No. 5 will tempt players to, ahem, “swing for the fences” over a pond, rather than take the longer, safer route around. Although green speeds have not yet been published, might we suggest a marketing ploy of “faster than a Nolan Ryan” fastball? Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Constructed from an existing course a few years ago, Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington aims to play like an inland links. The fairways are huge and undulating, as are the greens. The complex is set to host the second edition of the Korn Ferry’s Veritex Bank Championship in April, so whoever wins will need to be able control their approaches and have excellent knowledge of the wind. In the inaugural event, the pros had no problem figuring out the course. Texas Rangers is a very fun track at times, but when we played the green speeds were a little unpredictable. The sand traps, of which there are countless, are in tip-top shape, and so too are the fairways. My two favorite holes on the course: the par four fifth, which sports a downhill tee ball over a massive pond for the longer hitter and a safer bail out position on the right; and the par three sixth, a wedge into an extremely long and thin green. Given the variety of options Dallas has to offer, I’m not sure Texas Rangers is worth over $100 on the weekend, but on the basis for the scale and views alone it’s worth at least one play.