The fact that there five PGA Tour events held in Texas every year from late March to late May is proof positive that the Lone Star State is known for more than hot weather and high school football. It also has fabulous golf courses. Whether private or public, everywhere you look there are plush green links. The following are three Texas-sized golf venues that also o er private meeting and event space.
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
This venue has hosted the AT&T Byron Nelson since 1983, a PGA Tour event that got its start in 1968 and is held every spring at the semiprivate Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Not much more needs to be said. But there is more, much more.
The AT&T Byron Nelson is played on the TPC, one of two terrific golf courses at Four Seasons. The other is Cottonwood Valley. Private members and hotel guests can play the TPC, while Cottonwood Valley is for private members only.
“The TPC is our pride and joy,” says Vail Tolbert, director of public relations. “It’s great for every level, from professionals all the way down to beginners. There’s a really cool 9-foot replica bronze statue of Byron Nelson himself right near the No. 1 tee, which is only about 50 steps from the hotel and is one of three feature holes. The No. 1 green is the shape of Texas and the bunker right behind it is the shape of Oklahoma, just like it looks on the map. The No. 17 tee offers a panoramic view of the community surrounding the hotel and the golf course. No. 18 is equally as lovely, just closer to the hotel.”
Meeting-goers not only have the TPC on which to test their skills, they have other golf-related activities from which to choose, including Night Frisbee Golf, a nine-hole tournament and a Golf 101 session with the lead instructor.
A 34,000-square-foot conference center is located in the hotel. Within it are 32 different spaces, including a ballroom that can accommodate up to 350 guests for a seated event and 800 for a standing affair, an amphitheater that can seat 90, a boardroom that can host 18 seated and 40 standing, and a second floor with smaller breakout rooms.
Two indoor event spaces unattached to the hotel are Byron’s and Racquets: The former can entertain up to 150 guests and is attached to the sports club, the latter can hold up to 65 and is just north of the sports club near the tennis courts.
The event lawn can accommodate up to 750 guests for a seated event and 1,500 for a standing affair, while the pavilion can host up to 300 for a seated event, 400 standing.
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Want to play miniature golf on genuine Bermuda grass landscaped with real bunkers and water features? You can do it at Horseshoe Bay Resort.
“It’s our Whitewater 18-hole par-72 regulation putting course,” Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Woodward says. “It’s not just your everyday putt-putt course. It’s unique. It makes a great breakout session for meetings.”
For eventgoers who want more than just putting, Horseshoe Bay offers three Robert Trent Jones Sr. championship-designed courses. All are ranked in the top 20 in Texas, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Horseshoe Bay is a full-service AAA Four Diamond destination lake and golf resort located some 45 miles west of Austin. Recently honored by Cvent Inc. as one of the top 100 meeting resorts in North America, Horseshoe Bay is open to the public for overnight stays but has a club component, too.
A 12,000-square-foot ballroom can be broken down into smaller spaces. All sorts of breakout areas are off the ballroom, and there is also a boardroom.
“What’s neat,” says Woodward, “is that there’s lots of natural light in all of our indoor meeting facilities, many of which have patios up to 2,000 square feet.”
There are other meeting rooms and a 3,500-square-foot ballroom in the nearby yacht club right on Lake LBJ.
Outdoors, the crown jewel is the Palm D’Or, a 6,000-square-foot space that has a built-in stage and can accommodate 300 guests for a seated event and 450 for a standing event. Several event lawns right on the waterfront, some adjacent to the hotel, can host from several hundred guests to 1,500.
“Many groups will meet indoors then have dinner outside,” Woodward says. Catering is done in-house.
Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine
If you are a golfer and a Dallas Cowboys fan, you’ll want to pay a visit to Cowboys Golf Club. It is the world’s first and only NFL-themed golf club.
An all-inclusive resort facility offering an unparalleled experience, guests can see replica Super Bowl trophies and rings of the five-time Super Bowl Champion Cowboys and follow the history of the team with stone markers at each tee box highlighting great moments in history. Numerous collectibles honoring legendary players and their achievements create an impressive and lasting visual presentation.
“The Cowboys’ players play here a lot,” says Director of Private Events Robyn Mims. “In addition, the Cowboys host a few tournaments here each year in which current and alumni players attend.”
The golf course itself, which features the Cowboys’ legendary star right smack on the fairway of No. 4, offers 18 holes with water and more than 100,000 square feet of bunkers.
Cowboys Golf Club offers three private dining spaces, including The Legends Room, which is brand new and can accommodate up to 30 guests seated and 45 standing.
Just off of that room is a covered patio that can entertain approximately 120.
Both The Champions and The Hall of Fame are newly renovated.
The Champions can host up to 150 guests for a seated event and 175 for a standing affair and boasts 18-foot ceilings, two built-in televisions, a grand gas fireplace and Austin Stone accents.
The Hall of Fame has panoramic views of the practice facilities and can host up to 100 guests seated and 125 standing.
Outdoors, the north lawn can entertain up to 500 guests for open and tented events. The spaces can be booked separately or combined to accommodate larger groups.