Byron Nelson Championship Moving to New Coore/Crenshaw Trinity Forest Course In 2019

The HP Byron Nelson Championship has entered into an agreement with the PGA Tour and the new Trinity Forest project that will move the tourney from Irving (home to the tourney for the past 30 years) to Trinity Forest Golf Course in Dallas beginning in 2019.  

Plans are for the renowned designer duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to build a course on a landfill in Dallas.  That may sound funny, but when you hear that the stunning Chambers Bay course near the Puget Sound in Washington state was built on a landfill (site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and soon to be the site for the 2015 U.S. Open), it doesn’t sound so wild.

The Nelson currently has an agreement with the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club to serve as host of the event through 2018, after which point the tourney will begin its 10-year agreement with Trinity Forest.

Reports are that it will take three years to construct the Trinity Forest course, which the city of Dallas, future title sponsor AT&T and the PGA Tour hope can attract a stronger field and potentially even a future major as well.  Since Lord Byron passed away back in ’06, the tourney’s field has greatly suffered.  Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and many other big names used to make it a regular stop on their annual PGA Tour schedules, but with top events like The PLAYERS moving to May, as well as being surrounded by big events at Quail Hollow, Colonial and the Memorial, plus some notable Euro Tour events, the Nelson has definitely become a victim of scheduling.

Here’s to hoping that the move to this exciting new venue will bring top players back to the tourney in honor of “The Game’s Greatest Gentleman” once again.

Joel Harrington

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