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Putting Their Stuff
Mike Hiller | Photo: Ben Garrett and Will Vragovic | April 25, 2013
Style, sips and celebs—what’s not to love about spring golf tournaments?
Members of the Clubs
First on the Tee
The HP Byron Nelson Golf Championship returns to the TPC Course at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas May 13-19. In previous years, insiders strolled across the 18th fairway to Tour player Tommy Armour’s celebrity-studded house party. The biggest crowds now flock to the Sports Club Member Patio adjacent to No. 18, to chat with the pros as they sign autographs. The one to watch this year is hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old Dallas Jesuit grad and former UT golf star who just turned pro. Spieth already has his sights set on becoming the top-ranked player in the world. That’s a title he’ll have to steal from the only other golfer to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship multiple times—Tiger Woods. hpbnc.org
On June 19-20, the Texas Women’s Open blows through Old American Golf Club, a 3-year-old course at Lake Lewisville. Designed by golf architect Tripp Davis and pro golfer Justin Leonard, both locals, look for the best action on No. 15, a long par-4 and Old American’s toughest hole. The Open draws top female golfers from 20 states and 14 countries. ntpga.com
The PGA Tour moves to Fort Worth Colonial Country Club May 20-26 for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Caddies will tell you that the Caddie Races, held around the 13th green during the tournment, make this Tour event one of their favorites. Spectators cheer or jeer as each group of golfers approaches the hole, betting which caddie will be the first to step onto the green. The caddies, of course, are happily in on the game, often taunting the crowd or timing their steps so that everyone touches the green in unison. crowneplazainvitational.com
Forget all you know about loft, weight bias and face angle, because you won’t need to know any of that to buy the hottest custom-fit driver on the market right now, TaylorMade’s new R1 TP. With a few shots on the range, then a twist of a wrench, you can adjust the driver 168 ways to fine-tune your ball flight. There’s even a free TaylorMade app, called R1 Tuning App, which guides you through tuning the R1 TP to produce the specific shot shape you desire. $400, taylormadegolf.com
Dressed to the 18s!
Spring golf this year is all about style, and who better to outfit us than Jennifer and Nick Griffin, owners of newcomer Pebble + Pine. Nick, a PGA Class A professional, stocks the Bishop Arts men’s boutique with luxuries that celebrate American golf lifestyle. Everything is made in America, from ATX’s Best Grips leather belts and club grips to moisture-wicking Mizzen + Main dress shirts to skincare products from Baxter of California. When Griffin isn’t stocking P+P, you’ll find him teaching golf at Stevens Park Golf Course. 408 N. Bishop Ave., pebbleandpine.com