2023 Golf Course Renovation
A Historic Course Reborn

This year Colonial Country Club is embarking on an aspirational renovation of our top-ranked championship course. The future course will nod to the appearance and character of Colonial's storied past and restore some of the iconic course architecture present at the club's founding.

Founded on Passion, Driven by Pursuit

Colonial Country Club was founded in 1936 by Marvin Leonard. A self-taught golfer whose interests lie far beyond the fairway. Leonard studied every aspect of the sport, including course architecture right down to the blades of grass and grains of sand used...

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Charles Schwab Challenge

Golf's longest running tournament on the PGA Tour hosted at the same place. The world's greatest golfers come to Colonial and compete to add their name to the Wall of Champions.

2023 Gil Hanse Renovation Golf Course Master Plan

In 2021 the Colonial membership approved a Golf Course Renovation Master Plan. The course renovation will be led by world renowned golf course architect, Gil Hanse. This renovation began in June 2023 and will include all new grass, irrigation, drainage, hydronic's green cooling system, as well as the proposed Hanse architectural improvements.

Gil Hanse

Known for his artful restorations and a portfolio of internationally acclaimed course designs, Hanse accentuates natural elements to create distinctive course features while modernizing the original architects' intent. Players can expect a challenge reminiscent of the course's original form, dating back to the 1941 U.S. Open.

John Bredemus

John Bredemus, a Princeton civil engineering graduate and accomplished athlete and golfer, moved to Texas as a math teacher, but was ultimately lured to a career in golf. By 1934, he had designed and/or constructed more than 50 golf courses in Texas, Mexico and surrounding states. He had co-founded the Texas PGA and was instrumental in creating the Texas Open in 1922, and landing the PGA Championship for Dallas' Cedar Crest CC in 1927. Bredemus was already experimenting with bentgrass in Texas, aligning perfectly with Marvin Leonard's goals for Colonial.

Perry Maxwell

Known as the "father of Oklahoma golf" was a world-renowned golf course architect. He designed notable golf courses such as Southern Hills Country Club, Old Town Club, and his home course Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club. He is also known for his work with other great golf course architects on courses, like Augusta National Golf Club, Crystal Downs, in Pine Valley. Both Maxwell's success and proximity to Fort Worth drew the attention of Marvin Leonard.

True artistry can be found in the fine lines of an ink drawing or the rugged lines of a bunker's edge. Gil Hanse