"Guided and Touched, but not Manipulated."
– Tripp Davis, Co-Golf Architect
Designed by Tripp Davis and 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard, Old American Golf Club began with the natural beauty of prime landscape along the shores of Lake Lewisville.
In keeping with the authenticity of the land, Davis and Leonard crafted a course design that is representative of classic American golf. From naturally formed bunkers and native grasses, to strategically designed holes that leverage varying wind conditions, the architects endeavored to create a course with exquisite balance.
Old American possesses substance – a true golfer’s course. Where strategic play is necessary, it is a course that intrigues the golfer with ever changing elements that create a different experience each time it is played.
Encounter a golf experience in its purest form. Old American takes you back in time, allowing you to focus on the fundamental elements of enjoying a round. Our approach is personal and our experienced PGA certified staff is always available to enhance your experience on and off the course.
With the touch of a button, our advanced GPS system links you to everything you desire, on your terms. Old American provides a complementary snack cooler on your cart and several refreshment stations along the course filled with snacks and beverages to recharge you for the rest of your play.
Old American pays homage to the environment on which the course was built. Preservation of the wildlife and resources surrounding the course were innate to the design. Lewisville Lake makes a stunning appearance on several holes, providing challenging natural water hazards and a beautiful backdrop. Careful attention was paid to the conservation and utilization of water throughout the course.
Native grasses, trees and plants are used in order to preserve water as well as create intentional wildlife habitats. An abundance of wildlife makes their home on the course, including wild turkey, deer, coyotes and birds, such as the Red Tail Hawk, which nests the immense oaks to the left of #13 and the right of #16.
The Unique nature of the bunkers
During the time of the “Golden Age of Golf Architecture”
(a period from about 1910 to 1935), a sand bunker on a golf course was seen as a hazard and was not maintained as a “playing surface” or surface where the player was expected to have a clean lie to play a shot from.
Over time, the perception of what a sand bunker is has changed,
not evolved, to the point these areas are now seen by many players as places where they expect a clean lie on a consistent playing surface. Today, if a player sees a shot missing their target, finding the bunker can be seen as a much better fate than rough grass – the exact opposite of what a player would find during the days of early American golf.
The approach taken with the sand bunkers at Old American is part of creating the experience of playing the game as it was played in the early days of American golf, which in large part is restoring what Justin and I feel is more of a real, or true, golf experience. This approach to the maintenance of the bunkers is a part of the strategic character of the course, and if a bunker provides the unexpected, they are more integral to the formation of strategy. If a player can hit it in a bunker and can expected a clean, consistent, and dry lie, the bunker is less of an impact in the formation of strategic character and interest. However, this does not necessarily mean the bunkers will always be overly difficult to play from, as a firmer, smoother floor can often leave an easier bunker shot because the ball will often sit on the surface of the sand, instead of sitting down in the furrows created by raking, and the firmer surface makes it easier to get the ball out of the bunker with control. But, if you find this lie once, don’t expect it the next time you hit it in a sand bunker. Sand bunkers, as defined in the early days of American golf, are meant to provide the unexpected by nature.
The objective, strategically, is to avoid the bunkers. If you find a bunker, expect the unexpected, read the lie you have relative to the shot you have to play, and in the case of having a lie that won’t allow you to play at the flag, take your medicine and look to strategically make that shot up at some point on the hole or in the round.
Be a part of history. Play Old American.