Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas

Four Seasons Resort at Las ColinasIt’s an open secret that wives have a lot more influence on where their husbands play on the PGA Tour than said husbands would like to admit. The nicer the pool, the nicer the spa, the nicer the attractions, the more pull for the golfer to suddenly decide he wants to play that week and bring his family along with him.

Maybe that explains why the HP Byron Nelson Championship, annually held at the fabulous Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas, just outside of Dallas, has such a great field every year.

Not one, but two large resorts pools. Check. An outstanding spa for men and women. Check. Free kids club, Check. Food, villa rooms and two golf courses. Check, check and check.

Then comes the best part; when the million-dollar pros check out from their annual May visit, the Four Seasons reverts back to its beginnings as Texas’ leading public resort. Open to one and all for the other 51 weeks of the year.

While life on the North Texas prairie cannot be as lush, green or scenic as the South Texas Hill Country, the Fab Four Seasons makes up for it with its own green grass oasis.

It’s not often you get to walk in the footprints of your sports heroes. Just try playing catch in the outfield of Yankee Stadium or touch football at the Alamodome if you doubt, but that’s exactly what you can do at the Four Seasons.

That’s because resort guests are welcome to play the exact same course where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia have all won the prestigious Byron Nelson PGA Tour event.

The course record is 61 if you’re wondering, but most summer visitors won’t be trucking to the back tees to tackle the 7,000-yard plus professional tees.

Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas

The TPC (Tournament Players Course) has certainly been upgraded since Dallas Tour player and architect D.A. Weibring and his architectural team plus player consultants conducted a major overhaul two years ago.

The tee boxes were all squared off, the greens were given much more undulation and roll, while the course was sharpened and strengthened.
Thankfully, the par 3 17th, where golfers must tee off from an elevated plateau to a green down below, with water coming dangerously into play on the right side, was not touched.

It’s the hole where Woods once made an 8th and an unfortunate bounce off the greenside rocks cost Fred Couples a Nelson title. It’s a hole that has cost many an amateur their career round or winning bet, but one that tests every player.

In fact, water comes into play on the majority of the back nine holes, where golfers must play a variety of different shots to be successful on the par 70 layout.

If you’re staying at the Four Seasons a number of days, you can also play the adjacent par 71 Cottonwood Valley course, the home course for the Four Seasons Sports Club members, where Tiger Woods missed only the third cut of his PGA Tour career.

If all that golfing hard work has you tired out, then there is good news on the Four Seasons lodging front as well.

The addition of 34 new Sports Club villas to the left of the first fairway offers plush accommodations, with views of the new sand beach and resort pool and the golf courses.

In fact, the hottest family summer attraction here is the weekend Grill and Chill, which features dinner on the resort beach, then a movie shown on the giant screen which is anchored in the pool with full and happy movie-goers floating on the water.

There are also the original villas located directly behind the 18th hole at the Four Seasons and a new set which opened in 2005, situated to the right of the closing green.

The large hotel tower overlooks the original resort pool with umbrella shaded lounge chairs available at no extra charge to rest away the summer hours.

The Four Seasons Spa’s newest offerings include spray-on tanning along with couples massages and new facials.

If all that activity just wears you out, you can also head over to the 12 tennis courts, the sports club café or just duck inside to the award-winning Café on the Green restaurant or the 19 Sports Bar, which includes a shuffl eboard and pool table.

If you need something indoor and temperature controlled, there is shopping at the large pro shop as well as the Byron Nelson Hall of Champions, which features artifacts from Nelson’s matchless career and photos of every Nelson champion.

With all of that, it’s not a big surprise that the Four Seasons is the only AAA rated five diamond resort in Texas.

Among the many offerings this summer is the Family Escape Package, which offers a 25 percent discount on the two-night vacation stay along with a second room at a reduced price plus kids under 12 eating free.

If you need a capper to your North Texas getaway decision, some of the best Mexican Food and BBQ are located directly alongside the resort, hiding in an Irving shopping center.

Food, fun, legendary golf, spa plus watery and sandy pool excitement. No wonder PGA Tour players like coming to the Four Seasons Resort outside of Dallas each spring and families flock to make it their summer home as well.

 

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