Stepping Stone for the City of Garland Golf
One spring afternoon in 1981, a group of Garland city planners came out to visit what was then a deserted stretch of overgrown farmland in north Garland. The had an eye toward spurring development in this little-used part of the city.
They saw fields covered with bright pink and yellow wildflowers. These native firewheels gave their name to what would develop into the largest complex of golf courses in Texas and the third-biggest in the United States.
But before the Garland golf course was built, there wasn't really much to this part of town. When they were building the Old Course, " recalls one longtime Garland resident, "I remember thinking, 'Why in the world would they put a golf course there?'"
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The Old Course opened in 1983, and proved so successful that the city sought to expand. A land-and-cash swap with a local developer gave Firewheel enough elbow room to build the Lakes Course, opened in 1987. Meanwhile, as home and highway construction proved, this corner of the city was an ideal place for development.
Over the next few years, both the Lakes Course and the Old Course proved so popular with Garland natives and visitors that the city built up a healthy surplus. Once again, a decision was made to invest. The result was The Bridges -- three nines, built with bentgrass greens and complemented with an attractive stone clubhouse featuring a full-service restaurant and comprehensive conference facilities.
The Bridges helped position Firewheel's 600 acres among the most acclaimed of Texas public facilities. Firewheel's courses have brought elite golfers time and again -- the Old Course and the Bridges have been the venue for PGA Qualifying School tournaments from 1985-88, and over the years, we have been a regular stage for regional qualifying tourneys for the United States Open and the United States Amateur, as well as host to the prestigious NITRO Texas State Open. Firewheel has consistently scored top ratings in the Dallas Morning News public course rankings -- the Old Course has received the top spot five times since its inception.
Twenty-five years later after planting a seed in what was an out-of-the-way corner of Garland, helping to bring development in the form of upscale housing and Highway 190, Firewheel is a vital recreational hub for the community, as well as a friendly destination where visitors enjoy great golf, businesses can host employees and clients and families celebrate weddings and other events. Dollar-for-dollar, Firewheel offers you the best golf in the state of Texas.