The 71st Annual Dean & DeLuca Invitational runs May 22-28th at one of Fort Worth’s most venerable institutions, the Colonial Country Club. We chatted with Dennis Roberson, manager of the oldest American golf tournament played continuously at the same location, about things to do, see and eat around the greens.
THE FIRST THING TO KNOW
The event requires a ticket, but once you’re in, you’ll find access to most events and venues very easy. The course is very fan-friendly and walkable according to Roberson. While you’re strolling, there are a few things to pay special attention to.
THE FIRST HOLE TEE BOX FEATURES THE WALL OF CHAMPIONS
The names of the winners from the past 70 years run the length of the box. Competitors “know they’re playing the same holes as (Jack) Nicklaus,” says Roberson.
PLAYERS INVITED TO THIS YEAR'S TOURNAMENT INCLUDE:
- Jordan Speith, last year’s winner (and Dallas native)
- Zach Johnson who claimed a respectable five top 10 finishes last year,
- Brandt Snedeker, who tied with Speith and Jason Bohn for second place here in Fort Worth in 2015
WALKS HOLES 3, 4 AND 5
Known in the golf world as “the Horrible Horseshoe,” Holes 3 and 4 combine a dogleg with challenging angles and landscape, and hole 5 is the most difficult hole at the club. These holes are par 4, 3, and 4 respectively, and breaking even on the Horrible Horseshoe is a golfer’s dream.
THERE'S A DEAN & DELUCA MINI STORE ON SITE
The name pays homage to the New York grocers’ original storefront. All ticket holders have access to Prince Street, which includes a coffee bar, pastries and sandwiches, and D&D merchandise for purchase. If you’ve never been to the gourmet grocer and purveyor of fine foods, you’re in for a real treat! D&D will open a brick-and-mortar store in Plano by 2018, and rumor has it that a store in the Fort won’t be far behind!
FIND THE STATUE OF LEGENDARY GOLFER BEN HOGAN
Hogan won the Colonial five times, more than any other golfer. The statue is located on the 18th hole and is a reminder of the history of the 70 years of golf history in Fort Worth.
Tickets start at $50 per day (which includes access to the grounds, Prince Street and the Colonial Grill). There are some nice upgrade packages, including the Champion’s Club, a giant air-conditioned tent with a sports bar and big screen televisions for guests to rest and rehydrate. If you’re a Citi Card member, you can buy tickets to Citi Card’s hospitality structure between the 12th green and the 13th hole.
The Patio Club at the 16th hole offers access to the Clubhouse Patio and Champions Club. The Hogan Club on the 18th hole adds access to the open air skybox for premium viewing. And the “Best Seats in the House” offer unobstructed views of the 18th green for Saturday and Sunday attendees.