The recently renovated TPC course at Las Colinas.
Four Seasons
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

For many years, there were basically two factors that drew top PGA Tour stars to Irving each year: Byron Nelson hosted the event, and the hotel is terrific.

\nIt sure wasn't the golf course.

\nJay Morrish crafted the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in 1982, with help from Ben Crenshaw and Lord Byron himself. But back then, the course worked better for routing galleries than it did as an aesthetically pleasing, cohesive test of golf.

\nToday, thanks to a number of helpful tweaks by Champions Tour player D.A. Weibring, the TPC has become a really fun track. The hardest par on the course has always been the par-4 3rd, which now measures 528 yards and has water on the right. The best hole has always been the 406-yard, par-4 14th, which demands a perfectly placed drive followed by an approach over water, with bunker and tree trouble lurking on both shots. But probably the most thrilling change is Weibring's redo of the 198-yard 17th, with its amphitheater green complex flush against a lake.

\nAs for the hotel: The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas may be a mouthful, but this Silver Medal winner in our Premier Resorts Awards is an excellent urban retreat.

\nThe property is close to the DFW airport and downtown Dallas, but it still offers "resort-getaway" ambience along with the typical Four Seasons touches. The whole package feels like a luxurious business hotel blended with an exclusive country club.

\nUnique among the amenities is the hotel's amazing sports club — Dallas's finest — with tennis, squash, indoor and outdoor pools, running tracks, and half-court basketball. At times, golf almost feels like an afterthought — but it really shouldn't. Not anymore, at least.

\nJune room rates start at $230 per night; the Champions Golf Package starts at $445 per room per night (incl. 1 round of golf for 1 person).

\n972-717-0700, fourseasons.com/dallas\n

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