The members are out and playing in front, but the anticipation for what should be a stunning back nine at the new Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club – the latest in a series of high profile Tom Fazio designs – is palpable even for those who are in progress every day.
“The back nine has a lot of drama. Water, really scenic holes,” said Casey Paulson, president of sales and operations for the new club, which sees change day by day. “And every day, the people who are here are dying to get into it.”
The 800-acre property has 320 residential lots with an asking price of $3 million per lot — you still have to put a house on that lot — and has attracted high-end buyers including Jordan Spieth and Fred Funk.
There’s a lot to love about the course – sweeping Hill Country views, beautiful ancient oak trees and a redesigned practice area after receiving feedback from Spieth – but the final holes will really put the exclamation mark on this property managed by Discover Land.
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And the story goes that the 17th hole, a par 3 over a long water hazard, was quite accessible in the original sketches, with only a little water in play. The organizers met Fazio and explained that to create something special, an investment of around $1 million would be required to create a larger lake leading to the putting surface.
Fazio, who is responsible for the Canyon and Foothills developments at Barton Creek Resort as well as Escondido in Horseshoe Bay, helped approve the upgrade decision, and now the penultimate hole could be where players constantly reflect. which club hit, especially if the wind picks up.
One of the nice things about the property is a separate plan that allows for a golf-centric lifestyle near the course and another that’s more focused on family amenities like a huge pool on the other side. The two rooms are connected by a short cart path that allows residents to shuttle under the road through a tunnel.
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“It really gives us two different types of buyers. So even though we’re on this parcel, where the golf course is, it’s really for someone who really loves golf, who really enjoys it,” Paulson said. “And maybe someone who doesn’t necessarily want to be in a resort or family type amenities, well, they can still do it in a 10 minute golf cart ride. In a way, I feel like we kind of have two clubs here.
“You have a traditional type golf club and then a very fun family country club, literally all connected by a 10 minute cart ride.”
Jordan Spieth wins at RBC, despite ‘brain fart’
Jordan Spieth and caddy Michael Greller teamed up for another PGA Tour victory despite a “brain fart” on a missed short putt.
The duo have been working together for a decade now. Greller has been on the bag for Spieth’s 13 PGA Tour victories, including his latest title at the 2022 RBC Heritage at Harbor Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Spieth shot a 66 in the final and then needed a playoff to fend off Patrick Cantlay. But perhaps Spieth could have avoided an extra golf if he had managed to make a short putt on the 18th hole at the end of his third round.
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“Yeah, I talked to Michael and Annie (Speth’s wife) about it afterwards. I said I knew, walking into the clubhouse to sign my card, I said I knew 18 was going to cost me dearly and I hoped it would somehow because , if not, that meant I was just playing a very average round. So I hoped that I had managed to make my way through despite everything, ”he said on Sunday after his victory.
“I was about as upset after the round (Saturday) as I’ve ever been in a golf tournament. There’s just no excuse for this kind of cerebral farting for a professional to myself,” he said. “But also to Michael, who is working hard, to go out there and do that which could potentially affect the outcome of a tournament. And I’ve done that a few times on that stretch over the past four weeks. .
John Daly II signs NIL deal with Hooters
The NIL college wars continue and the madness continues to escalate. John Daly II played in exactly one tag team tournament for the University of Arkansas and posted just one under par in that event, but that didn’t stop the rookie from signing a contract for name, image and likeness with Hooters, a deal that was announced on Tuesday.
The son of two-time major champion John Daly played in a tournament last fall for the Razorbacks, posting scores of 83-68-78 at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in October. He also played in an individual event.
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The Dalys combined in December to win the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, using a 36-hole total of 27-under 117 to beat Tiger and Charlie Woods. In the process, the pair smashed the previous tournament scoring record set by Davis Love III/Dru Love in 2018 in one fell swoop and earned Team Daly the Willie Park red leather winner’s belts.
The Clearwater freshman saw little time in the Arkansas roster as stars Mateo Fernández de Oliveira and Luke Long led the way. The Razorbacks won the SEC Match Play Championship in the fall at Shoal Creek and currently sit 11th in the Golfweek/Sagarin collegiate team standings. Texas, meanwhile, sits sixth in the standings.
Senior Daly said via Twitter that he was happy to continue the family relationship with the brand.
“I can’t express how excited I am to be back with my @Hooters family and having my son by my side on Next Gen!” he said.
The terms of the contract are not disclosed.
• An impressive performance by local players paved the way for the Texas Golf Association at the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic in Leander. Austin’s Sterling Hurd shot a 1-under 71 to win the Boys Division 15-18, going for an equal par of 144 for the two rounds. Vandegrift’s Sydney Givens won the girls’ division 12-18 by two strokes with a two-day total of 4. Dallas’ Jack Clancy birdied the first hole of the playoffs to take the win in the Boys 14-U division.
• Registration for Firecracker qualifying tournaments opens April 25th. Information can be found at www.golfatx.org.
• Roy Kizer is now officially closed. Last week’s column said a recent project at Jimmy Clay was for a green resurfacing project similar to what Kizer is currently undergoing, but Clay was technically an irrigation project.
Tim Schmitt is Golfweek’s editor, golf coordinator for the USA Today Network, and lives in Round Rock.