Last Update :8/1/2012
Brauer will update McKinney’s Oak Hollow GC during six-year plan
ARLINGTON, Texas (Aug. 1, 2012) – Golf course architect Jeffrey D. Brauer’s proposal for improvements to the City of McKinney’s Oak Hollow Golf Course were approved July 16 by that municipality’s city council, setting in motion a six-year schedule that will replace the course’s aging infrastructure and increase the track’s playability and image in the burgeoning Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex golf marketplace.
Brauer’s plan will be completed in stages while the course remains open of play and will include a new irrigation system, the rebuilding of tees, enhanced landscaping and repair and reconstruction of the course’s cart paths.
Over time, Oak Hollow GC’s fairways will see turf conversion to Bermuda 419 and the rebuilding of the greens and bunkers. There will also be a lengthening of the course by some 200 yards (from 6,736 to 6,940 yards from the back set of four tees) and the addition of about 20 bunkers.
The current layout, which was designed by Maury Miller and plays to a par of 70, opened in 1998 on the site of the former McKinney Municipal Golf Course – a post-World War II-built, nine-hole facility.
During the first year of renovation, the priority task would be providing and storing more water. The course’s six man-made lakes will be expanded, and the existing well will be refurbished to add capacity. A second well will be drilled to augment the amount of water the course has for its use.
Oak Hollow GC’s landscaping needs more buffers as the course has lost almost 100 trees in the past three years because of the ongoing Texas drought.
Brauer’s approved master plan will improve the Oak Hollow’s appeal and image, without slowing play or causing undue maintenance cost. The phasing proposal would keep revenue flowing, repair biggest needs first, use in-house capabilities and improve on a project by project basis.
“We sought public input, and found that Oak Hollow currently is used more for senior play than most public courses,” Brauer said. “Part of that is due to the perception that it is a short course and has so few bunkers, so it is not viewed as a good test of golf. But because it’s a par-70, golfers often find it has plenty of challenge.”
The renovation plan adds a back tee and forward tee to each hole, which had the effect of adding length, provides a family tee at a more suitable length of 4,400 yards and moves the seniors up a set of tees. “Many seniors indicated they wanted a shorter course,” Brauer said, “and specifically some shorter holes and shorter carries, but they wouldn’t play up because those were the ‘red tees.’ Problem solved!”
Brauer’s evaluation of Oak Hollow GC’s infrastructure revealed that most golf course components were near the end of their service life, with the irrigation system in most critical need of replacement and upgrades. Greens, tees, drainage and cart paths are functioning much better except for spot problems.
Now that Brauer’s plan has been approved the McKinney City Council will begin to seek funding for the various projects, estimated to cost about $5.4 million over the life of the renovation.
Brauer was had an important and ongoing impact on golf in the Metroplex. His design firm, Golfscapes, Inc., is located in Arlington, Texas.
He designed Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter, Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie and the Creeks Course at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrolton, among dozens of others award-winning courses across the country. Brauer is currently under contract to renovate the Mesquite Golf Club, about 40 miles from McKinney.
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