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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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.