Shady Oaks is best known as the course where the great Ben Hogan settled and practiced from the late 1950s when Marvin Leonard founded the club. Located just outside of Fort Worth, it is a beautiful parkland course made by surprisingly undulating ground (so hilly Hogan originally advised Leonard not to build) and wonderful stands of Live Oaks.
The routing is very good and our redesign retains the holes in their current position but looks to add interest and more thought provoking play by repositioning bunkers and rebuilding all the green complexes in a style consistent with the countries best examples of architecture.
Our first project has been to rebuild the ‘Little Nine’, the par three course made famous by a single Oak under which Hogan fired off his patented shots toward the distant yet rudimentary greens. Whilst this can be played as nine formal short holes it also doubles as a brilliant place to practice and for children to spend hours learning the game. It also celebrates free-form golf where players can drop balls down anywhere and play cross-country golf restricted only by their imagination.
The Little Nine opened in July 2017 and the work on the main course is scheduled for 2019.
Little Nine opened for play 2017, main course scheduled to commence 2019