'Old American Golf Club' Set to Debut at The Tribute Near Dallas

The newly named Old American Golf Club at The Tribute - designed by Tripp Davis and PGA Tour/Ryder Cup star Justin Leonard - is on track to open this fall to Dallas-area golfers, announces lead developer Matthews Southwest.

The course at The Colony was formerly referred to as "The New Course" as a complement to the Tribute's existing "Old Course," a Davis design featuring holes inspired by the great Scottish links on the British Open rota.

"Tripp, Justin and Matthews Southwest felt that 'Old American Golf Club' captured the spirit and essence of the design and what we are attempting to convey to the golfer, thematically," says Jack Matthews, President of Matthews Southwest.

"The Old American Golf Club focuses on emulating design techniques from the great American courses that were designed with strategic interest as the foundation," says Davis. "Stylistically, we took cues from how these early American designs created strategic interest via features."

The course's natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes conjure images of such storied masterpieces as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs. Davis, an accomplished amateur player and former All-American at the University of Oklahoma, and Leonard, who played his college golf at the University of Texas, toured and played a handful of America's classic "Golden Age" designed golf courses prior to starting the design process for the Old American Golf Club.

"From a player's standpoint, we enjoy layouts that take advantage of the prevailing winds to produce hole variety," said Leonard. "For example, having sets of par-3s that play into and with the wind, or par-4s of varying lengths and fairway widths depending on the dominant wind characteristics. Tripp and I have incorporated this concept into the design of the Old American Golf Club."

Case in point, said Leonard, is the course's back nine, which skirts Lake Lewisville. The 10th is a long par-4 that plays into the wind, and the 11th an even longer two-shotter designed to be a "turning point hole" in a tightly contested match. The closing stretch is sure to become one of the better finishes in the area, capable of dramatic scoring swings. The 16th is a drivable par-4, the 17th a short par-3 and 18 a reachable par-5. Not overly long, the Old American Golf Club measures approximately 7,100 yards from the tips and will offer five sets of tees.

About The Tribute

The Tribute is a master-planned golf resort style community offering amenity centers, pools, parks, playgrounds, on-site schools, hike-and-bike trails, landscaped canals, and hundreds of acres of accessible open spaces reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. A total of 1,150 single family lots, 160 golf villas, 183 townhomes, and 700 "European" condominium units will overlook the Tribute's two golf courses and Lake Lewisville, just 23 miles from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. Over the next 18 months, developer Matthews Southwest will release a limited number of two- to five-acre estate lots with views of Lake Lewisville.

For more information about the Old American Golf Club and The Tribute, visit www.thetribute.com.