Friday, August 09, 2013

Trinity Golf Course Project Will Include Additional Miles of Trail

A nature trail being built with private money as part of the Trinity Forest golf course project will be longer than expected, the Dallas City Council was told Wednesday.
The council got that welcome news during a briefing on the terms under which the city-owned course will be leased to the nonprofit organization that will build it.
AT&T promised to finance a nature trail outside the course. Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan told the council that originally, city officials didn’t think AT&T’s pledge of $2.5 million would even pay for the 2.8 miles of trail that the city wanted to build.
But once the costs came in, she said, officials realized there was enough money to construct 4.25 miles of trail.
“It ended up being a great deal, and we got good bids … so we are taking advantage of it,” she said.
The championship golf course is to be built on an old landfill along Loop 12, just east of Interstate 45 in southern Dallas. It could open by the spring of 2016.
The hike-and-bike trail, to be named for AT&T, will connect the course with the Trinity River Audubon Center to the south.
The course, being built by the nonprofit Company of Trinity Forest Golfers, will operate as an exclusive country club, selling memberships — perhaps for $150,000 or more.
Under the city’s deal, about 25 percent of the rounds played at the golf course must be made available to members of the public. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Joe Citizen will be able to show up and tee off. Many of those public rounds will be rolled into charity tournaments and other organized events.
Supporters of the project have said they hope to lure the HP Byron Nelson Championship, a PGA Tour event, away from its current home, Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving. AT&T takes over sponsorship of the Byron Nelson next year.
Read more at: Dallas News
Author: Steve Brown