the center of the Texas Panhandle, amid the sprawling grasslands of the Great
Plains, Amarillo is a great little place to live. The city is known for some
amazing things like the quirky Cadillac Ranch, Big Texan Steakhouse, nearby Palo
Duro Canyon and the 13-block, U.S. Route 66/Sixth Street Historic District that
recaptures the heyday of one of America’s most famous highways.
For those looking to get
their kicks on the golf course, the recently renovated Amarillo Country Club provides plenty of fun, challenge and a good dose
of history to boot.
in 1919 by banker and oilman Charles A. Fisk, Amarillo CC was the first of its
kind in the Texas Panhandle. The course was designed by William McConnell, who took
advantage of the natural terrain of the old Ayers place west of the city to
create one of the best layouts in all of West Texas. Warren Cantrell made
revisions in 1960, with additional revisions from Jay Morrish in 1983.
30 years without any significant upgrades, in 2011 the membership of Amarillo
Country Club approved an extensive modernization plan overseen by Weibring-Wolfard
Golf Design. The 18-month-long, multi-million dollar project produced some
significant is the opportunity to play a course that now ranges between 5,000-7,000
yards thanks to expanded teeing options. Those familiar with the old course
will be surprised to see six completely new holes — three each on the front
(Nos. 4, 5, 6) and back nine (10, 11, 12). The course also has a much cleaner
look. The sand in the bunkers is bright white, and the removal of more than 350
trees has helped improve turf conditioning and playability.
renovated course is just one of the amenities members can enjoy. The club also
boasts a state-of-the-art driving range that can be turned into a seven-hole
par-3 course, swimming and diving, indoor and outdoor tennis, first-class fitness
center and some of the tastiest food west of the Mississippi.
in this year’s West Texas Amateur, which returns to Amarillo
CC from July 20-22, will have a chance to test their skills on the revamped
Panhandle jewel. It may have a new look and feel, but underneath still lies the
traditional character and style that has made the course an exceptional golf experience for nearly
Scheduled for 54 holes of individual stroke play, the West
Texas Amateur features three divisions: Open, Senior (55 and older), and Super
Senior (65+). The starting field limit is 144 players, with 84 spots
allotted to the Open Division, 42 in the Senior Division and 18 for Super
At the 2017 championship, played at Lubbock CC, host club member David
Bolen carded rounds of 70-62-68 to win the Open Division. John Pierce of San
Antonio came from three back on the last day to win the Senior Division.
Another host club member, Patrick Pritchett, carded a 1-under-par 71 in the
final round to win the Super Senior title by six strokes.
Registration is now open for 2018 West Texas
Amateur. The entry deadline is July 16 at 5 p.m.
For more information
on the West Texas Amateur, click here.