November 30, 2012
By BILL NICHOLS and RUDOLPH BUSH
The Dallas Morning News
The city of Dallas, in partnership with AT&T and Southern Methodist University, is planning the development of a 400-acre championship golf complex in the heart of southern Dallas.
The deal, to be announced at a news conference Friday morning, is proposed as a major boost to the city’s southern side and could bring golf events to Dallas, including major championships and the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Mayor Mike Rawlings said.
“There’s a huge sports component of this, not unlike moving Rangers Stadium or Cowboys Stadium to Dallas,” he said. “We will have a first-class, world-championship golf course.”
If completed as envisioned, the complex will include an 18-hole, semi-private championship course, a nine-hole beginner’s course, a practice facility and a clubhouse built on old landfill property just east of Interstate 45 along Loop 12. Plans call for work to start next spring, with the main course ready for play in spring 2016.
SMU would use the course as an anchor facility for its golf program, and the nine-hole course would be for the use of The First Tee, an organization dedicated to introducing golf to young people, including disadvantaged kids.
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