Renovations Underway at Chester W. Ditto Golf Course in North Arlington

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A total course renovation, under the direction of famed course architect John Colligan, commenced at Chester W. Ditto Golf Course in mid-December 2016.

The total redesign is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete, with a an anticipated re-opening date scheduled for late fall 2017. The renovation will include a complete re-routing of the facility, improved turf grasses for the new tees and greens complexes, new bunkers and many other updated aspects which will benefit all golfers. Colligan will also oversee the expansion of the water collection/retention pond, and the planting of drought tolerant species, to aid in irrigation efforts and water savings.

The new layout will stretch to 7,000 yards for low-handicap golfers and potential collegiate events, and will feature five sets of tees to ensure a great playing experience for golfers of all ability levels. An expanded driving range and practice facility will also allow for additional private instruction and group lessons for both adults and junior golfers.

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Colligan Golf Design, headquartered in Arlington, has overseen many notable course renovations including recent projects at Stevens Park Golf Course, Squaw Creek Golf Course, Brackenridge Park Golf Course, Stonebriar Country Club and Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Stevens Park jumped to No. 18 in Golfweek’s ranking of the best municipal courses in the U.S. following Colligan’s work.

A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Colligan has 30 years of experience in golf course design. Promoting a philosophy which encapsulates a careful blend of playability, aesthetics, maintainability and budget; Colligan has worked successfully with private clubs, resorts and municipalities in an effort to upgrade their golf facilities in an ever competitive market place. Assisting Colligan on the renovation is Trey Kemp, who has worked with Colligan Golf Design since 2007 and is responsible for all phases of design, construction documents and construction observation.

Financing of the renovation will come from a variety of sources, including 2008 and 2014 bond funds and debt service. Final decisions on the clubhouse plans and budget are expected to be finalized later this spring.

Area golfers are encouraged to visit Tierra Verde, Lake Arlington and Meadowbrook Park Golf Course during the closure.

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eva smith

Will all of the trees being destroyed in the process be replaced?

eva smith

Thanks Susan. So happy to know the replacement policy is working! Go Arlington!

Susan Schrock

Hi Eva,
The Parks and Recreation Department says it is following the City’s Tree Mitigation Requirements and will be replanting a number of trees throughout the newly designed course. It is not possible to replant all the trees required by the mitigation requirements at the course based on the new layout and playability. However, the Parks Department said it is in the process of implementing a plan to plant trees throughout North Arlington over the next five years to meet the requirement of the number of trees to be replaced by the course renovations.

Susan Schrock

Hi Eva.
Thank you for the question. I will reach out to the Parks Department and get back to you as soon as I have an answer about the tree replacement plan.

Larry Howell

Will there be any enhancements to “Little Meadowbrook” while we wait for Ditto to reopen? The course has once been excellent but now is a little run down. Also not pleased about the new fees. (ouch)