The AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament is being held in Irving one last time. After 35 years, the event is moving from the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas to south Dallas’ new Trinity Forest Golf Club.
Earlier this week, golfers were arriving at the Four Seasons, and carts were whizzing past the tall bronze statue of Byron Nelson, the golfer who inspired the name of the tournament.
John Britton is in charge of all the golf carts used for the Byron Nelson. He lives in Irving and has been a volunteer at the event for almost 20 years. He loves where the tournament is, and doesn’t want to see it go.
“It’s a big change, especially for myself,” Britton says. “I live less than two miles from the golf course. When I first started coming out here, I used to ride my bike. It just doesn’t seem like it’s the end. It’s a shame – it really is.”
Built on top of a landfill in south Dallas, Trinity Forest, is designed to look like the natural landscape of North Texas. Tournament officials say they hope the new course attracts the top ranked players in the world.
Losing part of Irving’s identity
But for folks like Britton, the move is just another change for his town.
“Irving lost the Cowboys years ago, and now they’re losing this tournament,” he says. “I don’t know what else we’re going to do. It just doesn’t seem like it’s going away.”