THE COLONY, Texas -- Old American Golf Club - a pure golf experience from award-winning architect Tripp Davis and PGA TOUR player Justin Leonard - is No. 5 in Golfweek's 2013 "State-by-State" rankings.
The rankings include daily-fee, semi-private and resort courses, making Old American the highest-rated golf experience in the Metroplex. The classically-wrought layout debuted at No. 7 two years ago and was named "Best New" by Golfweek in 2010.
"We are excited and honored to be recognized by Golfweek, a magazine with a mission to deliver meaningful content to serious golfers everywhere," says Mike McCabe, general manager. "Tripp and Justin have created a return to strategic golf and shot-making that resonates with players who truly appreciate the game's purity."
Old American is wrought along the shore of Lake Lewisville just 20 minutes north of DFW International Airport. Inspired by the 'Golden Age' of golf course architecture - a period of excellence between 1911 and 1937 -- it also garnered "best new" recognition from GOLF Magazine, and LINKS. Naturally formed bunkers, organic green complexes and a variety of native grasses combine to create holes leveraging varying wind conditions.
The course is a regular stop for PGA TOUR professionals in DFW. Nathan Green, winner of the 2009 RBC Canadian Open, holds the course record. Green fired a 4-under-par 67 in February, 2012, breaking the previous record of 68 held by Leonard and K.J. Choi. Other pros who have played Old American include Y.E. Yang, Rod Pampling, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, and Paul Stankowski.
For more information: (972) 370-4653, www.oldamericangolfclub.com.
About Old American Golf Club
Inspired by the 'Golden Age' of golf course architecture between 1911 and 1937, Old American's natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes were influenced by such masterpieces as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs.
Acclaimed architect Tripp Davis, an accomplished amateur player and former All-American at the University of Oklahoma and PGA TOUR/Ryder Cup star Justin Leonard, who played golf at the University of Texas, toured and played a handful of America's classic Golden Age golf courses prior to starting the design process for Old American.
The result is a golf course that emphasizes strategy and shot-making and flows with a natural rhythm from first tee to 18th green. Old American features six sets of tees, ranging from the 5215-yard forward markers to the 7174-yard "Leonard" tournament tees. Davis and Leonard conceived the routing and layout with both medal and match play in mind, as golfers are required to hold "steady to par" through a number of holes, but enticed to gamble on birdie or better during select stretches of the course.