Golf Course Architecture - Issue 75, January 2024

Escalante Golf unveils $100m Kelly Ranch project TEE BOX Tripp Davis is designing an 18-hole golf course for Kelly Ranch Golf Club, a new $100 million private club project situated southwest of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. A 2,400-acre community developed by Ryan Voorhees of Kelly Ranch Estates will include the 7,600-yard golf course, plus 2,500 custom homes, an elementary school and a high-end shopping and dining area. Davis is working with a 240-acre site, which features rugged rolling hills with creeks and stands of live oaks and cedar elms, and 200 feet of elevation change. “Our vision for Kelly Ranch is to redefine the golf market in north Texas and create a course that exudes excellence, thoughtful design and unparalleled scenery,” said David McDonald, president of operator Escalante Golf. “There will be no other private golf club in the downtown Fort Worth region that can match the challenge and natural beauty of Kelly Ranch. It is truly in a league of its own and will not only be the crown jewel in our property portfolio, but the crown jewel of Texas golf.” Kelly Ranch will be sandcapped and grassed with Stadium Zoysia. Greens will average 6,000 square feet and feature TifEagle Bermuda. For bunkers, Davis is planning a scallopededge design for seamless integration with the existing topography. The course will play up to 7,600 yards, with five sets of tees. 34