ROCKWOOD GOLF COURSE - Fort Worth, Texas
Type of work: Major Renovation (2017)
Previous work: Master Plan (2008)
Course Established: 1938
Original Architect: John Bredemus
Head Golf Professional: Shawn Watson
Superintendent: Bill Sturm
Construction Company: Heritage Links
Originally designed in 1938 by the “Father of Texas Golf,” John Bredemus; Rockwood Park Golf Course reopened June 30th, 2017; after a complete renovation.
Utilizing a 1941 aerial photograph, Colligan Golf Design was able to recreate many of the original green shapes, bunkers and other features unique to the design style of John Bredemus. CGD did take some artistic and strategic license with the original routing however, taking full advantage of the topography and fantastic views of the downtown skyline.
The course length was increased from the original 6,350 yards to 7,050 yards from the back tees to keep pace with advances in golf technology over the past 80 years. The forward tees however play to a length of 5,200 yards taking into consideration the aging Baby Boomers and the First Tee utilization of the course.
The new green complexes have been restored to those of the 1930’s era. Having unique geometric shapes and very subtle contouring. Straight contour mowing patterns on the fairways also hearken back to a much more traditional style of course.
A 1,400-head state of the art irrigation system was a big part of the modernization of the course along with a drainage system which will help to keep the course open during the rainy season as will the full loop concrete cart path.
In many ways, the new Rockwood Park Golf Course is a reflection of the city, very friendly with a lot of character, incorporating an underlying modern infrastructure. Fort Worth is also very proud of its history and Western heritage; Rockwood Park Golf Course will be another historic addition for the city to hang their hat on.