Some may wonder whether it is possible to organize such a high-level competition in a golf resort – like Las Colinas Golf & Country Club – such as the DP World Tour Qualifying School, or whether it is profitable to build such a high-quality golf course to meet the expectations of the DP World Tour.
The Cabell B. Robinson-designed golf course of Las Colinas Golf & Country Club expects us to be finessed but will not be punished. As I high-handicapper golfer, I can tell you it is really enjoyable. Although I can still remember the deep bunkers.
The bottom line is that I am not surprised Las Colinas Golf & Country Club will be hosting Stage Two of the DP World Tour Qualifying School for the 9th successive occasion: November 1-6.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club – Preparation
Among the improvements taking place, the resort in the middle of a two-year renovation program of all the bunkers using the ‘Better Billy Bunker’ system employed by a collection of the world’s most prestigious golf venues including 2022 US Open host Brookline, Gleneagles, Oakland Hills, and Whistling Straits – venue for the 2021 Ryder Cup.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has adopted a rewilding policy across its the 13th and 15th holes over the last 12 months. This was not only about redesigning the layout. and improving the course condition.
The management wanted also to reduce the amount of water, organic fertilizers, and maintenance needed, helping to create new natural wildlife habitats for animals that live on the course to thrive.
The change in the amount of fertilizer used can be explained also by the European Council’s new Fertilizing Product Regulation (FPR).
This regulation says within the EU we must comply with the environmental and safety requirements when we would like to use organic fertilizers, organo-mineral fertilizers (OMF; e.g. Yara Nature products), biostimulants, etc.
The resort has planted native trees and shrubs and started the turf conversion to a native plant area, while sprinkler irrigation in these areas will change to drip irrigation for trees and remove irrigation completely at the second stage.
The work undertaken will reduce the amount of water needed per year as well as cutting energy costs.