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Course Spy: The Tribute Golf Links

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Everything but the haggis: the Tribute course in Texas.

The Tribute Golf Links
The Colony, Texas
7,002 yards, par 72

Solid and prompt all day. The knickers-wearing marshals even helped 
us look for errant shots. And we managed to 
stifle a laugh when 
the friendly starter explained that this 
course featured "exact replicas of St. Andrews."

Pace of Play
Not brisk, but acceptable. The cost—high for the area—weeds out some casual players, and the course itself won't beat you up. It's mostly open, with medium-speed greens and hardly any water. Beware the frequent corporate outings, however.

Having played most of the real versions of these holes, we'd say that architect Tripp Davis nailed the replicas. The St. Andrews holes are skillfully reproduced, and the lesser-known efforts (tributes to Nairn, Moray and Western Gailes) are seamlessly integrated.

While it's among the pricier Dallas publics, Tribute is far from the highest. We paid the walk-in weekday rate of $99 and got our money's worth. The greens, while exceptionally true, were too slow, but the replica holes, service and clubhouse add up to a really good deal.

Replica courses usually look and play like contrived gimmicks, but here they managed to get things right. Just avoid playing on dewy mornings, when lack of fairway roll makes the course play more like Sarasota than Scotland.

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