The Colony is a relaxing, small
town oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the fast-growing North Texas region.
Best known for strikingly beautiful views of Lake Lewisville, The Colony
extends 23 miles along its eastern shoreline, with two peninsulas that offer
myriad recreational opportunities, including camping, fishing, swimming,
boating and plenty of casual outdoor dining options.
The “City by the Lake,” as The
Colony likes to advertise itself, is also a wonderful area for golf and has a
number of outstanding courses. Old American Golf Club is one of the jewels in
its crown and provides a golf experience like no other.
Opened for play in 2010, Old
American was designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA Tour winner and Dallas
native Justin Leonard. Davis also designed Old American’s sister course, The
Tribute, which opened in 2000.
Davis and Leonard share a passion
for the game and an admiration for the legendary designers who made their mark
during the “Golden Age” of golf course architecture, such as Donald Ross,
Alister MacKenzie and A.W. Tillinghast.
In that spirit, the two collaborated
to create a spectacular course at Old American that emphasizes golf’s inherent
thrills while maintaining the utmost respect for the environment. The layout
blends seamlessly with the area’s organic beauty. Holes are framed by
rough-hewn bunkers, large swaths of native grasses and the ever-present Lake Lewisville.
The classic courses from which
Davis and Leonard drew their inspiration – places like Shinnecock Hills
and Pinehurst No. 2 – are no shrinking violets. Neither is Old American. Wind,
rolling fairways, an abundance of natural hazards and large green complexes
will challenge players of all levels. But with five sets of tees, ranging
in length from 5,186 to 7,084 yards, golfers can play from anywhere they feel
comfortable and enjoy a day on one of the most unique and memorable courses in
In addition to championship golf,
Old American has plenty of other amenities to offer, including premier practice
facilities, an Altus Performance Instruction Center, full-service golf shop,
cozy bar and grill, as well as a massive 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio
overlooking Lake Lewisville.
When the LPGA decided in 2018 to
move its Volunteers of America Classic to a new location, it’s easy to see why
they chose Old American. The 2020 championship will be held from Dec. 3-6.
Originally slated for Oct. 1-4, the event was rescheduled due to the impact of
the COVID-19 pandemic.
To continue to promote women’s golf in a positive light, VOA tournament
officials this year have partnered with the Texas Junior Golf Alliance to host an
event that will give high school girls a chance to qualify for the real deal
VOA Classic later in the fall. Sixteen of the state’s top-ranked junior girls
will meet at Old American from Sept. 4-6 to compete in the inaugural Volunteers
of America Classic Girls’ Match Play Championship. The winner of the
single-elimination, match-play bracket will have the incredible opportunity to
tee it up with the world’s best female professional golfers when they come to
North Texas immediately after the Thanksgiving break.
more information about the LPGA Volunteers of America Classic, click here.