Irving Golf Club’s luscious green landscape and newly renovated 18-hole golf course is a golfer’s paradise in Irving, Texas. After almost a five-year process, the golf club invites guests to grab their clubs and hit the greens.
Golfing is a favorite recreational activity the City of Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department offers its more than 240,000 residents. To support the activity, the department staff and city officials wanted to add new features to the 30-year-old golf course known as the Twin Wells Golf Course.
The city hired Colligan Golf Design to transform the previous flat landscape to knolls of thick greens similar to the courses seen on the coastlines in Scotland, England and Ireland. The design company planted 419 Bermudagrass fairways, TifEagle Bermudagrass greens, and Texas native Blackland Prairie grass to provide definition and beauty to the landscape.
The renovations also included a redesign of the previous 18-hole course to provide a more strategic golf game. Colligan Golf Design moved the previous back nine holes to the front of the course and created nine new holes in the back for golfers.
“The Irving Golf Club is unlike any other golf course in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Irving Parks and Recreation Director Joe Moses. “The 18-hole course design and updated landscape are exciting renovations for our new and returning golfers.”
Golfers can also see the Dallas skyline as they ‘putt’ their way through the course, just another unique aspect of the golf course’s location, Mayor Stopfer said.
The design also incorporated wider fairways and reshaped the greens to follow the United States Golf Association guidelines. These new fairways provide a more user-friendly experience throughout the course for any beginner or intermediary golfer.
The golf course also features a newly realigned driving range and practice putting green in addition to new tee boxes and 27 bunkers.
The golf course not only received an aesthetic make-over, but the city also updated the decades old infrastructure. A new irrigation system was one of the new infrastructure enhancements installed. Part of the system’s new features include a high-density polyurethane pipe and water transfer pump station that will use recycled water from the nearby Trinity River to help irrigate the course.
Since the previous course was located on a floodplain, city crews improved drainage systems to efficiently remove flood water.
The Irving Golf Club’s renovation also included adding a kitchen and remodeling the interior of the clubhouse.
“I’m proud of the work from city officials and Parks and Recreation staff to create a beautiful golf course,” said Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer. “The golf club is a gem in the center of a 7-million population Metroplex.”
The Irving Golf Club is one of several upgrades the city’s Parks and Recreation Department plans to do as they continue to finalize their Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. The plan also known as Let’s Play Irving will include updates to the city’s 2,000 acres of land, more than 80 parks, aquatic and recreation centers.