THE COLONY -- The Tribute Golf Links is located on the shores of Lake Lewisville, but it feels a world away from the DFW area. It is aptly titled "The Tribute" because the links-style course complete with bent grass greens is inspired by the legendary courses of Scotland.
My last trek up to The Colony was this past November for the star-studded grand opening of TopGolf, which featured such local luminaries as Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Tyler Seguin and Pat Green. This venture was much different as once we exited Hwy 121, we wound back down through the peninsula, passing the Old American Golf Club before arriving at the Tribute.
Like the golf course itself, the 33,000 square foot clubhouse draws its inspiration from a legendary locale in Scotland, specifically Muirfield in Edinburgh. Muirfield has hosted the Open Championship on 16 occasions, including last summer when Phil Mickelson won the Claret Jug. The clubhouse includes a fully stocked pro shop and a bar and grill called the Old Tom Morris Pub, named after the golfing pioneer who was a four-time winner of the Open Championship.
Where many clubhouses begin and end with the golf shop and 19th hole, the Tribute is also the home to eight guest suites located on the second level that also includes a large covered terrace overlooking the golf course with the lake in the background. In addition to hosting 275 golf tournaments last year, there were also 80 weddings on site. Yet another unique aspect of the Tribute is that it has its own mascot, Harry T. Highlander, a kilt-wearing Scottish gent who is available for tournaments and corporate outings.
As for the course itself, the Tripp Davis design is certainly one of the most unique experiences in DFW. The first hole is a monument to one of the most famous opening holes in all of golf, No.1 at St. Andrews Golf Club. Just as at St. Andrews, No. 1 runs parallel to No. 18 and contains a replica of the Swilken Bridge. In between, golfers will discover holes modeled after those from Carnoustie, Royal Dornach, Turnberry, Muirfield and others. No. 17 is a replica of the famous 17th at St. Andrews, better known as the Road Hole.
My favorite was No. 5, a tribute to the 5th at Royal Troon known as the Postage Stamp. The par three, which measures 127 yards from the back tees, backs up to the lake and depending on the wind can be played with anything from a wedge to a 4-iron.
Since opening in 2000, the Tribute has received multiple accolades including being named as one of the Top 75 Public Golf Courses in the United States and the No.1 public Course in Texas by Golf Digest Magazine.
With the Open Championship set for July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool, DFW golfers can experience a true links course for themselves without leaving the Metroplex. Rates range from $79 to $129 with special rates including twilight rounds also available.
For more information on the Tribute, call (972) 370-5465 or visit thetributegc.com.
THE TRIBUTE 1000 LEBANON RD. THE COLONY, TX 75056
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