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The Texas-sized confines of Rangers GC has already attracted the Korn Ferry Tour.

By Mark Kazlowski
5:00 AM on Jun 6, 2020

When the city of Arlington hired John Colligan to create a new golf course on the property that had previously been the site of Chester Ditto Golf Course, he was given three objectives:

A 7,000-yard golf course

A large practice facility

One par-5 hole over 600 yards

Check. Check. And check.

One bonus item that wasn’t on the city’s list: Texas Rangers Golf Club was voted the best new golf course in Texas by Dallas Morning News panel members.

Texas Rangers Golf Club Hole 6

Colligan and design associate Trey Kemp used every inch they could find to stretch the course to 7,010 yards. Little did Colligan know at the time, but the Korn Ferry Tour was so impressed with the work that it scheduled a tournament at Texas Rangers Golf Club after it had been open just over a year. The Veritex Bank Championship was planned for April 16-19 but was canceled over health concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“They talked about enticing tournaments,” Colligan said, “but nothing like a Korn Ferry Tour event.”

Colligan mentioned one of the user-friendly design features that is also spectator friendly.

“The fairways are collection fairways rather than rejection fairways,” he said. With the fairways lower than the area bordering them, it helps keep balls in play and allows better viewing when there are crowds.

Colligan and Kemp turned a claustrophobic layout on 164 acres into a spacious but still challenging design.

“The golf course has girth,” Colligan said. “It’s got a lot of space to it. It’s Texas-sized. It’s Texas golf.”

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