But the TPC Four Seasons course was never a favorite with PGA Tour players, and last year its greens were atrocious. Low grumbling turned into loud badmouthing.
Enter D.A. Weibring. Weibring, long a friend of Byron Nelson's, had his design company start renovating the TPC layout almost as soon as the 2007 Byron Nelson Championship ended.
And a couple days ago, after careful consideration, the PGA Tour announced the refurbished layout ready to host all 72 holes of the Nelson in 2008.
"In redesigning the course, our goal was to honor the legacy of Byron Nelson," said Weibring. "To that end, we created a cleaner, more defined course that incorporates traditional tee, bunker and green elements throughout."
"PGA Tour players will be faced with more shot options from tee to green, creating additional drama for spectators and TV viewers. At the same time, for resort guests and Sports Club members, we created a very playable layout for all skill levels," he said.
Utilizing input from dozens of PGA Tour players, Weibring and his partner, Steve Wolfard, redesigned every hole on the ... course, including all tees, fairways, and green complexes. The course is now distinguished by traditional square tee boxes, softer mounding, better sight lines and dramatic white faced bunkers framing the fairway and green complexes. PGA Tour professionals Harrison Frazar and J.J. Henry served as player consultants on the project.
"The changes didn't require us to dramatically lengthen the course. We added just 200 yards overall," Weibring said. "Instead, PGA Tour players will see the biggest impact in the realignment of tee shots and better contouring of bunkers and greens."
In the Dallas Morning News article on the changes, player-consultant Henry added:
A lot of the complaints were about the awkwardness of some tee shots," Henry said at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. "I think the guys will be really excited about the bunkering and contours. We also have a lot of runoff areas where there is a lot more variety and shotmaking. Players will have a lot of options to think about."