BOGEY AND BIRDIE ON FORT WORTH’S FINEST GREENS
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The annual Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club is a must-attend for any golf lover. The May tournament is one of only five invitationals conducted on the PGA Tour, and it's the longest running event on the circuit still conducted at its original site. It was founded in 1946 as the Colonial National Invitation. Champions include World Golf Hall of Fame players like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Sam Snead. The players of today know they're competing on the same hallowed ground as the great Ben Hogan, who won the championship five times in his hometown. Today, PGA Tour stars such as Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Kenny Perry, Geoff Ogilvy, Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink and Ian Poulter compete for the $6.4 million purse.
There's no wonder why the Crowne Plaza Invitational has taken place on the greens of Fort Worth's Colonial Country Club for so long. The 18-hole par 70 layout is consistently rated as one of the best courses in the world. In addition to the invitational, the club offers regular recreational play and a variety of competitive and just-for-fun tournaments. Colonial also has a full-service golf shop and practice range, and provides professional golf instruction.
The Jim McLean Golf Center in Fort Worth is rated No. 1 in the U.S. McLean, 1994 PGA National Teacher of the Year, is best known for his research on the golf swing and his work on The X-Factor®, which describes in detail, body motions, angles and positions.
Mention golf in Fort Worth, and one of the first names that comes to mind is local Ben Hogan, known best for his 64 PGA Tour wins. Sports writers continue to call his career and life legendary. He had a passion for kids and pushed them to pursue and achieve their dreams. In early 2011, work started on the Ben Hogan Learning Center at Rockwood Golf Course. The 5,800-square-foot facility will provide offices for The First Tee, a library for children that offers a safe place to do school work and a museum that celebrates Hogan's life. First Tee is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to helping young people of all backgrounds develop values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship, through golf and character-education.
The Fort Worth Junior Boys and Girls Golf Association also is dedicated to the development of young people through golf. Several past winners of the association's annual tournaments have gone on to enjoy success as amateur and professional players, including Angela Stanford, LPGA Tour champion and runner-up in the 2003 Women's U.S. Open.
Players enjoy a quality, comprehensive golf program at five municipally owned courses. Each has a unique layout that challenges every skill level. The courses provide individual and group lessons, organizational services for tournaments and support for golf associations - with opportunities for regular competition. City-owned courses are: Meadowbrook, one of the top 25 municipal golf courses in Texas; Pecan Valley, home of two 18-hole courses separated by the Clear Fork of the Trinity River; Rockwood, an 18-hole par 71 layout; Sycamore Creek, a unique 9-hole par 70 course with double sets of tees; and Z Boaz, an 18-hole par 70 layout.
Three of Fort Worth's most popular private courses are The Golf Club at Fossil Creek, an 18-hole par 72 layout, the Links at Waterchase, crafted out the hills on the eastside of town, and Timberview, an 18-hole course with purposefully placed water hazards and tight fairways.
The pros make millions playing the PGA Tour in Fort Worth; the amateurs make memories playing with friends and family just to have fun; and young people make better life choices by playing with groups like the Fort Worth Junior Boys and Girls Golf Association. Regardless of the reason, they play on some of the finest greens in the nation, and that's par for the course.
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