Time to Tee Up For Reopening of Stevens Park Golf Course in Oak Cliff In Just One Month

Categories: City Hall, Sports
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Trey Kemp at Colligan sends us this sneak peek at the 15th hole at Stevens Park Golf Course.
The city-run Stevens Park Golf Course, the crown jewel of Oak Cliff, closed in December for renovations -- not just a tiny redo, either, but a wholesale makeover that cost upwards of $8 million (using '03 and '06 bond money) and was intended to deal with erosion along Combs Creek, use recycled water for irrigation and offer better views of downtown. When council OK'd the deal, Arlington-based Colligan Golf, which handled the course's mulligan, promised it would take 'round 10 months to complete the job. This morning, we get word that the course will re-open right on time: October 10.

The full release, which outlines the new perks at Stevens Park, follows. Turns out, three days before the grand re-opening, Mayor Mike & The Council Crew will head out for a round of golf and a sunset ribbon-cutting; wonder what Rawlings's handicap is ... well, besides Kathy Nealy. Says John Colligan, "It is truly unique and exciting to be given the opportunity to enhance a golf course rich with tradition and history dating back to the early 1920's when the course was first open. We have really been able to take advantage of the spectacular views of the city of Dallas skylines and of beautiful Kessler Park that encircles Oak Cliff providing stunning scenery from all points on the course. We dovetailed the golf course landscaping design to match the neighborhood garden landscapes." One more photo, and the new course layout, also follow.
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A gigantic version of the new course layout is available here.
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And the 18th hole at the "new" Stevens
Grand Reopening of Stevens Park Golf Course
October 10, 2011

Renowned architect John Colligan and his associate, Trey Kemp of John Colligan Golf Design were enlisted to create the new Stevens Park Golf Course. Improved playability and added intrigue provided the inspiration by Colligan Golf Design based out of Arlington, Texas.

"It is truly unique and exciting to be given the opportunity to enhance a golf course rich with tradition and history dating back to the early 1920's when the course was first open," said Colligan. "We have really been able to take advantage of the spectacular views of the City of Dallas skylines and of beautiful Kessler Park that encircles Oak Cliff providing stunning scenery from all points on the course. We dovetailed the golf course landscaping design to match the neighborhood garden landscapes."

This all new, par-70 track challenges golfers to be long from the tee and accurate to the green with a layout that now stretches 6,300 yards. Purists will appreciate the beauty of the core golf experience that is the newly renovated Stevens Park Golf Course including the complete redesign of 18 holes with new tee boxes, fairways, greens and 38 new sand bunkers. The new design also features a set of five tees: including unique Junior, Ladies, Seniors, Men and Championship play. With its gently rolling tree-lined fairways and beautiful elevation changes, Stevens Park embraces a natural beauty all its own.

For both the technologically inclined and the earth-friendly, this course features some of the latest technology with a grey water recycling system, individually controlled remote sprinklers for precise irrigation and state-of-the-art erosion control measures to Coombs Creek.

"Stevens Park Golf Course integrates the winning combination of quality golf and exceptional value," said Jim Henderson, Director of Golf for Stevens Park Golf Course. "Our goal is to create a beautiful, tree-lined course and merge it seamlessly with the latest technology - like our grey water recycling system - and soar beyond other golf experiences to create a loyal fan base. We want to cultivate that into returning customers who become enthusiastic ambassadors of our golf club."

Rich with tradition, historic Kessler Park in Oak Cliff is approximately 275 acre, three mile west, southwest of downtown Dallas and features the newly redesigned Stevens Park Golf Course.


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11 comments
Don Coke
Don Coke

Nice article and good to see the old course getting back into action.  I played it off and on for thirty-eight years and then five weekdays a week from 1992 (retirement) to 2007 (lowest handicap -eight).  Jim Henderson and son, Michael, provide great management.

However, Collison's geography is a wee bit skewed; Kessler Park only borders a small strip of north Oak Cliff and does not, by any stretch of the imagination, "encircle" Oak Cliff.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

The domain name is expired on your gigantic (embiggened) link....  :(

LaceyB
LaceyB

Speaking of grandiose reopenings, anything on the TIF-funded, Disneyland-like streetcar spinner construction clogging Cityplace Station?

Shutze: Calatrava Bridge :: LaceyB: Cityplace Streetcar Spinner (I think that's correct)

Rangers100
Rangers100

6300 yards... better... but I was hoping it would be a little longer.

MattL1
MattL1

Looks nice.  I can't wait for it to frustrate me so much that I quit the game for the 10,000th time.

Crispy
Crispy

Is Colligan or the landscape contractor going to replace the dead landscape  Drive by everyday and half of the new landscape is dead!

LesliO
LesliO

It will be good to see golfers back on the course.  Colligan has done a beautiful job!

engmofo
engmofo

Golfcourse 8milSkatepark 0Just sayin…

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Skatepark?  Just get the City to drain the unused pools and there's yer skatepark...

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