HIDDEN CREEK GOLF COURSE - Burleson, Texas
Type of work: Renovation (2012)
Course Established: 1997
Original Architect: Steve Plummer
General Manager: David White
Director of Golf: Mike Krsnak, PGA
Superintendent: Lamar Byrd
Construction Company: Mid-America Golf
The City of Burleson selected Colligan Golf Design to work on their behalf when they were approached by an organization wanting to put a hotel conference center on the site of the Hidden Creek Golf Course. Given the footprint of the future structure CGD proposed 3 options to the City that would not only accommodate the new hotel but would also solve several other issues with the original layout. The final Master Plan selected by the city adjusted 9 of the 18 holes on the course and the practice range. One of the biggest issues the course had was the lack of water storage for irrigation. CGD was able to incorporate a 4.5 acre lake and tie it into the existing irrigation lake with a deep line connector. This provided and additional 18,000,000 gallons of water storage for the course.
As part of the lake construction CGD was able to eliminate the quarter mile gap between the 17th green and the 18th tee. This was accomplished by taking hole 1, a par 4 and hole 2 a par 3 combining the two to create a par 5. In doing so it allowed for a par 3 to be added between 17 and 18 closing the gap. Another feature of the Master Plan was the addition of a short wooden bridge between what was originally holes 4 and 14. This allowed for a combination of new and old holes on the front and back nines in order to create a seamless design. Another part of the project was to freshen the look and create harmony from start to finish, this was done by renovating all of the bunkers on the course. General Manager Dave White stated that he could never have imagined so many of the problems with the original layout could have been solved, all within the budget.