Dallas Country Club

The history of Dallas Country Club begins with a few friends playing the game in a field near the corner of Oak Lawn and Lemmon Avenues in 1895.  

Two early participants – Richard E. Potter and Courtenay Wellesley were ex-patriot employees of a British company called Texas Land & Mortgage.  Another was Henry L. Edwards, a transplanted Welsh cotton broker, who loved golf and competition almost as much as he loved Dallas.  Mr. Edwards is a Pioneer member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and is widely considered to be one of the founders of organized golf in Texas.
The Club was officially founded in 1896, which makes it the oldest golf course in our Registry.

Little by little, the group grew as interested bystanders became enthusiastic players and the member-hosts opened their course to visitors for several tournaments, including a state event in 1903 and the Texas Golf Association State Championship in 1906.  
By 1908, Dallas had doubled its population.  Hints of a marvelous new suburb north of downtown circulated among the town folk and the Club members felt that a move to Highland Park was in order.   
By 1909, Dallas Country Club was comfortable at its new location and by 1912, an 18-hole golf course had been laid out by recognized architect Tom Bendelow.

The course hosted a visit from British stars Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913, the Southern Amateur Championship in 1916, an exhibition by Bobby Jones and Perry Adair in 1918, the Western Amateur Championship in 1950, the Women’s Texas Golf Association in 1920 and 1934 and the first Texas Golf Association championship in 1906, followed by title tilts in 1912, 1915, 1921, 1949, 1956 and 2006. The game’s professionals have also visited DCC, during the Victory Open in 1943 and the Salesmanship Club sponsored Dallas Open in 1945.

In 1948, the Club had a major course renovation done by Ralph Plummer.  Architect John Fought did a subsequent renovation of the course that opened for play in May 2011 and a new clubhouse was opened in February 2012.

Among the well-known Texas golfers that  have cut their competitive teeth at DCC over the years are fellow 2014 Inductee Charles Dexter, George N. Aldredge, L. R., Collett, Jack Munger, Hugh Halsell, and Texas Golf Hall of Famers Gus Moreland, David “Spec” Goldman, and 2012 Inductee, Don Addington.  Among the female contingent are Curtis Cup Team member Nancy Hager Hale and WTGA runner-up Lyda Hill. 

Bill Penn

One of the all-time great gentlemen of the game of golf was William Albert “Bill” Penn. He was one of the truly great Austin-area golfers throughout his life, but what he did off of the greens was just as important.  Bill Penn lived a life that inspired many, and had an effect on many more, even if they don’t realize it.  He was the driving force behind the successful expansion of the Texas Golf Association, lobbied for easier access into the game he loved by way of lower junior entry fees, and was a mentor and role model to golfers of all ages.

Birthplace: Austin, Texas

Born: November 25, 1931

Died: July 11, 2003

Bob Rawlins

Known as the “Dark Cloud” for his sarcasm and acerbic wit, which hid a kind demeanor, Rawlins competed in 21 USGA championships and won club titles at Las Colinas Country Club, Preston Hollow and Dallas Athletic Club. He also won the inaugural American Amateur Classic in 1972 and won again in 1982.

In the 1984 Senior Amateur conducted at Birmingham (Mich.) Country Club, Rawlins needed 19 holes to defeat 1982 champion Alton Duhon in the semifinals. In the championship match, Rawlins birdied No. 18 to force extra holes against Richard Runkle, the previous year’s runner-up. At the time of his victory, Rawlins was the youngest Senior Amateur champion (55), a mark that has since been surpassed by several players.

A year earlier in the U.S. Senior Open held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., Rawlins was one of nine amateurs to make the cut, and despite weekend rounds of 76-78, he managed to earn low-amateur honors with a 72-hole score of 16-over 300, 12 strokes behind champion Billy Casper.

At Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, where Rawlins was a member, the trophy case features a replica of the U.S.  Senior Amateur Trophy, along with competitor badges from his 21 USGA appearances.

Rawlins turned professional in 1987 and played nine years on the PGA Senior (now Champions) Tour.

Rawlins estimated he shot his age or better more than 3,000 times based on roughly 200 rounds per year, many coming at Royal Oaks, and he registered 13 holes-in-one, all coming in competition.

Royal Oak pro Randy Smith, who has taught USGA champions Justin Leonard and Colt Knost, as well as PGA Tour winners Ryan Palmer and Harrison Frazar, said Rawlins had one of the purest swings he had ever seen. He told writer Kevin Newberry:  “His swing is like pouring syrup from a jar. He’ll go out and groan, but he breaks his age every time he plays.

“If I ever want to show someone the proper grip, I call ‘Cloud’ over and show them his grip. His hands are just amazing. To have the touch around the green with the wedges he has at age 80 … it’s just scary.”

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born: February. 6, 1929

Died: Oct. 11, 2014

Bruce Devlin

Bruce William Devlin is an Australian professional golfer, sportscaster and golf course designer.

He turned pro in 1961 and joined the PGA Tour in 1962 after an amateur career in Australia which included a win at the Australian Amateur in 1959. During his PGA Tour career, he had eight victories all of which occurred between 1964 and 1972. In 1972, he earned $119,768 and finished eighth on the money list.

On the Senior PGA Tour, Devlin won one tournament, the 1995 FHP Health Care Classic. At the end of the 1998 golf season, Devlin decided to retire from the Senior PGA Tour to concentrate on his Golf Course Architecture and Design business and his commitment to ESPN's Golf Telecasts.

The main focus of Devlin's career in the past 30 years has been his work as a Golf Course Architect and Designer. Devlin has designed and built more than 150 golf courses throughout the world including Australia, Japan, Scotland, the Bahamas, and the United States. About two-thirds of the golf courses he designed have been in Florida and Texas. Many of these courses have hosted all of the professional golf tours, including: The Houston Open, HealthSouth LPGA Classic, Key Biscayne Golf Classic, and The Nike Cleveland Open. His golf design business is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Devlin has also worked as a television commentator. He worked for NBC from 1977 to 1982; ESPN from 1983 to 1987; and since 1999 has occasionally covered professional golf for ESPN.

Devlin's most infamous moment came in 1975 at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational. On the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines South Course, he made a 10 after hitting multiple shots into the water in front of the green. Many have referred to this moment as a real life Tin Cup moment (the movie starring Kevin Costner).

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Birthplace: Armidale, Australia

Born: October 10, 1937

Died: N/A

Chuck Cook

Chuck Cook

  • 1996 PGA of America Teacher of the Year
  • 1984 and 1995 South Texas PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Listed in Golf Magazine’s Top 50 and Top 100 best teachers in America
  • Listed by Town and Country Magazine as one of the Top 10 golf teachers in America
  • Has coached four U.S. Open champions in the 1990’s. Payne Stewart (1991 / 1999), Tom Kite (1992) and Corey Pavin (1995)
  • Coached 1997 U.S. Amateur Champion: Silvia Cavallieri
  • Coached 1997 NCAA Champion: Heather Bowie
  • Has worked with over 100 professionals
  • Has worked with numerous amateur champions of all ages
  • Authored two books:Perfectly Balanced Golf and Tips from the Tour
  • Featured in Golf Digest video “How to stop your Slice or your Hook” 
  • Is a Member of the Golf Digest Professional panel and has written over 100 articles for publication
  • Known as the “teachers’ teacher”, has conducted teaching workshops and golf schools world wide

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