Bent Tree Country Club & Northwood Club
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Bent Tree Country Club & Northwood Club

Dallas, Texas • qualifying: May 20, 2019

Northwood Club, site of the 1952 U.S. Open, is one of two venues being used for the Dallas, Texas, sectional qualifier. (Texas Golf Association)

For the first time in many years, a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in the United States won’t conducted on the traditional Monday a week prior to the championship proper. The Dallas, Texas, sectional is set to be held on May 20, a day after the conclusion of the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. Bent Tree Country Club and The Northwood Club will be the two venues used for the 36-hole event that is expected to attract PGA Tour players and elite amateurs.

Northwood Club, site of the 1952 U.S. Open, was originally designed by William Diddel and opened for play in 1946. The course was redesigned in 1990 by the architectural team of Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf. In 2015, Northwood hired golf architect Tripp Davis, a top amateur golfer in his own right, to oversee an extensive renovation of the course. Davis left the original routing largely untouched, but rebuilt and repositioned tees, greens and bunkers to be more strategically relevant for today’s game.

Julius Boros claimed the first of his two U.S. Opens in 1952. His 1-over-par 281 total prevented Ben Hogan from winning his third consecutive Open title in his native Texas. Hogan, in fact, led that championship after 36 holes, but fell back to finish in third place. In 2015, the Texas Golf Hall of Fame added Northwood to the Texas Registry of Historic Courses.

Bent Tree Country Club was founded in 1972 by Robert S. Folsom on what was then 200 acres of cotton fields and pasture land. Folsom, who would go on to serve as mayor of Dallas from 1976-81, hired golf course architect Desmond Muirhead to design the course. In 2002, the original Muirhead layout was skillfully restored and enhanced by Keith Foster. The result is a par-71 course highlighted by water features testing players on 14 of the 18 holes, and 62 strategically placed bunkers that define the driving zones and green complexes.

Bent Tree annually hosts an assortment of member tournaments for men, women, couples and juniors. In the 1980s, the venue hosted a number of professional events, including the LPGA Mary Kay Classic and the PGA Tour Champions’ Reunion Pro-Am and Bank One Championship.