Byron Nelson

Residents Have Mixed Reviews About Byron Nelson’s Last Year

This year will be the tournament's last year at Trinity Forest Golf Club

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The PGA Tour has decided that the 2020 AT&T Byron Nelson in May will be the last one held at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

There were mixed reviews from residents who heard the tournament will be on the move again.

“I think it was a good idea. But I don’t think it was thought through,” resident Jimmie Robinson said.

Stanley Sanders said traffic choked church lots on Pemberton Hill Road that were used for golf parking.

“I’m trying to go to work in the morning and on the days it’s happening out here, I can’t see in the neighborhood or the community how it’s helping out,” Sanders said.

In a neighborhood marked by gunfire, Sanders said he’s more concerned about safety than the Byron Nelson.

“There are still shootings in the middle of the night, and there’ve been instances where people were killed over this way,” he said.

Attendance has been a major issue since the tour moved the Byron Nelson to the course south of Downtown Dallas in 2018.

Dallas City Council member Tennell Atkins' district includes the Trinity Forest course.

“It’s disappointing that we’re losing the Byron Nelson. It’s disappointing to the community,” Atkins said.

The PGA Tour decided it would move the tournament, after revenue declined, and weather issues kept attendance low.

Atkins hopes the stay in Trinity Forest opens up future economic opportunities.

“We brought you the Byron Nelson, and other amenities. We brought you the spotlight, now take advantage of the spotlight,” says Atkins.

“I think it brought a spotlight. I think it was a good idea, but I think it may have been better served in another way,” Robinson said.

The Dallas Morning News reported the next stop has not been announced, but both TPC Four Seasons and the new PGA Frisco courses are being considered.

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