The PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson will be heading to a new home in 2021.
Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas will end its three-year run as host of the long-running event after the 2020 playing this May. A replacement host has not yet been named.
The Dallas Morning News was first to report the news.
“Trinity Forest is a spectacular golf course,” said Jordan Spieth, Dallas native and Trinity Forest member, in a release. “I, as well as many of my fellow Tour players, enjoy playing Trinity Forest and we will miss having it on the schedule.”
The Coore and Crenshaw design proved a logistical challenge for getting fans in and out of the facility, and the players typically lit up the course in terms of scoring. However, the links-inspired, treeless design is compelling, particularly for fans to watch in person. It’s different than pretty much any course on the regular PGA Tour. Bad weather in 2018 and 2019 affected how the course played, preventing it from playing to its desired firm-and-fast state. Attendance suffered because of the weather, too.
TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas had been the host of the Nelson for 35 years until Trinity Forest, which was built on a former landfill, took over.
The 2020 AT&T Byron Nelson will be played May 7-10.
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(Active members, sign in here.)[/s2If] [s2If is_user_logged_in()] The Nelson was not long for Trinity Forest from the start.
A buddy of mine in the golf world told me from the get-go that Trinity Forest wouldn’t be a long-time host for the tournament for many of the reasons that came to light in the playing of the tournament. It was more of a logistical challenge to get fans to the course, and, for the club, this was a glamour play to get the club some exposure on a national stage.
The thought, even three or four years ago, was the tournament would return to TPC Four Seasons when the deal with Trinity Forest ended. There’s no guarantee that will happen, but that seems the easiest, most likely destination. After all, the PGA Tour can use TPC courses for free or no rent back to the host club, maximizing charitable donations for the Salesmanship Club.
However, plenty of players don’t care for the TPC Four Seasons, so the field could conceivably suffer as a result. Then again, with the Nelson and Colonial sandwich buns on the PGA Championship, the second Texas swing of the year will continue to suffer as players will be forced to pick one event or the other — or go with none.