Colonial Country Club

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

 
Yards

565

400

476

246

470

393

427

192

402

3471

404

609

433

178

457

430

188

383

427

3609

7080

Hndcp

17

13

3

11

1

9

7

15

5

 

2

14

4

18

6

12

16

8

10

   
Par

5

4

4

3

4

4

4

3

4

35

4

5

4

3

4

4

3

4

4

35

70

Colonial: Dubbed Hogan's Alley for Ben Hogan's five career victories here, this course hosts the longest-running PGA Tour event still played on an original site.  The Colonial Invitational was first played in 1946.  This classic course opened in 1935 and was originally designed by Texas architect John Bredemus, who took advantage of the site bordering the banks of the Trinity river, and created a track that has been modified over the years, but remains almost the same length that still challenges the best golfers in the world today.  The great Carey Middlecoff called Colonial the "the toughest par 70 in the world", after his victory in 1951.  Key to anyone's score on this course is negotiating the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes, collectively known as the '"horrible horseshoe".  Numbers 3 and 5 are the longest par 4's on the course divided by the 4th, a monstrous 246 yard par 3. As a part of a major flood project in 1968 the Army Corps of Engineers rerouted sections of the Trinity River, which required rebuilding nine holes.  Consequently water hazards were added that especially effected the 9th hole, making the location of the drive even more important.

            In the year of 2003 the Colonial Invitational invited the leading LPGA player, Annika Sorenstam to play with the men.  Annika was the first woman to participate in a PGA Tour event since Babe Deidrickson in 1946.  Annika was a joy to watch!  She did miss the cut, but few could disagree that she played valiantly and with great heart, coming out ahead of some pretty significant PGA regulars.  Many say that Annika accepted the invitation because the course is short and requires great finesse.  I think she accepted because she relishes the challenge, no matter what.  After all, the course is not that short as a par 70, but it does require intelligence and execution to play it well, just look at the past champions...Congratulations Annika!, and best of fortune whatever your future desires!

            Colonial Country Club holds a special place in my heart as one of those defining moments in one's lifetime.  I saw my first professional golf event there. Toward the end of my junior year in High School and thinking I might strive to become a professional golfer, my Father drove me up from Lampasas to see the last two days of the tournament.  I saw the greats of the game at that time in all their glory, like Tommy Bolt wearing all canary yellow shirt and slacks with turquoise shoes with matching bag, or Doug Sanders all in pink with black and white shoes.  Those guys had style and color, but it was the new kid on the block that won that year, it was Arnold Palmer.  I realized then that I could never be that good at golf and should direct my talents elsewhere.

Eric Dorsey has worked for over a year and a half to recreate Colonial for Links 2003 using the APCD.  His version is accurate in looks and atmosphere and requires all the course management of the real thing.  Congratulations to Eric for a job well done! And he has an excellent text file that gives all the information you would want. The course can be downloaded at Links Corner.


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