Saturday, September 17, 2005

TPC San Antonio Closed to Locals?

There's a good article in today's Austin American-Statesman about the TPC project now being built in San Antonio. It's a good overview of the issues involved in getting this major resort going, and a look forward and what's to come. Check it out here (you'll need to have or sign up for a Statesman user name/passwood to read it).

One paragraph in particular caught my eye:

His (Dye's) and Norman's courses in Bexar County will be open to guests of the resort, an arrangement similar to the one at the Four Seasons Resort in suburban Dallas. That resort includes the TPC of Las Colinas, where the Byron Nelson Championship is played each spring. Texas has one other TPC Course - the TPC at Craig Ranch in the northern suburbs of Dallas - but it is a private club.


Unless I'm misinterpreting that sentence - "will be open to guests of the resort, an arrangement similar to the one at the Four Seasons Resort in suburban Dallas" - or unless the reporter has this bit of info wrong, this means that the TPC of San Antonio will be closed to local golfers. Only guests of the resort - or guests of the guests of the resort - will be able to play the two courses.

Maybe this has been reported elsewhere, but I certainly haven't heard it. Is this correct? Has anyone out there heard this previously? Maybe I've had my head in the sand (or elsewhere) all this time, but I thought these courses were going to be open to the public.

I've been a supporter of this project all along, and if the courses are difficult for us regular people to get onto, that won't alter my support. But it sure takes away most of the anticipation.

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