Colligan Golf Design completes renovation at Rolling Hills Country Club


Colligan Golf Design completes renovation at Rolling Hills Country Club
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Colligan Golf Design has completed a renovation of the course at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington, Texas.

The club contacted Colligan Golf Design in 2004 about a master plan, and nine years later, architect Trey Kemp completed a transformation of the course’s layout.

Following the opening of the Tom Landry highway, the 18-hole course was crammed onto just 93 acres, meaning not only was space at a premium, but numerous safety hazards were part and parcel of a round at Rolling Hills. 

Colligan Golf Design eliminated the most dangerous hole relationships and lengthened the course by almost 600 yards, with the course now playing 6,400 yards following Kemp’s work.

Thirteen holes were rerouted, and two new holes were added. Fairway grass was converted from common bermudagrass to 419. Fairway and greenside bunkers and new tees were also added, and 20 greens complexes were renovated with MiniVerde bermudagrass putting surfaces.

The club’s superintendent Kyle Moore and his crew began cutting down over 150 trees on the course, before beginning work on the irrigation system. This irrigation system was converted from hydraulic to electric, and over 100 additional heads were added to the system. Once this was completed, the grow-in of the course could begin.

The entire project cost just US$800,000, and Moore and his team saved the club as much as US$250,000 with their work out on the course.