Trinity Forest’s 35,000-foot double green a unique challenge at Byron Nelson


AT&T Byron Nelson

Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas

Hole No. 3

Par 4, 443 yards. 

Trinity Forest represents a sharp departure from the water-lined fairways and green complexes Tour players took on last week at TPC Sawgrass. Hosting this event for the first time, Trinity Forest is a links-style course that will provide a completely different test.

This will become abundantly clear early in the round when players approach the par-4 third hole, which features a roughly 35,000-foot double green it shares with the 471-yard par-4 11th hole. It’s one of the biggest greens in America and nearly the size of a football field, meaning approach shots and lag putting will prove critical throughout the week.

Rather than water, the open European-style layout is protected by “dramatic bunkering and green complexes,” both of which come into play at No. 3, and wind could always play a factor. The hole plays as a slight left-to-right dogleg with the fairway running adjacent to No. 11. A large bunker juts out from the right side of the fairway near the green and the majority of players will look to position their tee shots short of the bunker. It could, however, come into play and force a decision depending on how far up the tee is placed. And with a green that large, pin placement can completely change the strategy on a day-to-day basis.

The hole runs from west to east and features two, smaller bunkers flanking the north end of the massive green. The double green complex will provide a unique challenge for players and a unique viewing experience for fans accustomed to more traditional PGA Tour layouts.

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