Bent Tree Country Club was founded
in 1972 by former Dallas Mayor; Robert S. Folsom who hired Golf Course Architect
Desmond Muirhead to design the golf course on 200 acres of what was then cotton
fields and pasture land. In the 1800’s
these lands were traveled as part of the Shawnee Trail which is now Preston
Through the years Bent Tree Country
Club has been the proud host of the LPGA Mary Kay Classic with winning
champions Nancy Lopez, Jan Stephenson, Sandra Spuziak and Jerilyn Britz and the
PGA Seniors Reunion Tournaments with champions Peter Thompson, Don January, Chi
Chi Rodriguez and Orville Moody. The
Club also hosted the Silver Pro-Am of the Byron Nelson, as well as amateur
events including the Texas Women’s Open, Men’s Texas Mid-Amateur and the U.S.
Our Club’s Golf operation has
garnered many awards and honors under the direction of David Price, Head
Professional for 27 years. David is a
renowned Professional who has served and co-chaired rules officials for all the
major tournaments held in the U.S. and abroad.
Among his various awards and recognition s, David has been the
Professional of the Year by the PGA of America, holds the honor of being a
member of the PGA Golf Hall of Fame and a recent inductee into the Texas Golf
Hall of Fame. Our golf operation has also
graduated 17 golf professionals under his tutelage.
Not far from the success of golf,
is the tennis operation at Bent Tree Country Club under the direction of Craig
Bell who has served the club since 1997.
Craig is also very well known in the tennis industry as he has been the
recipient as the Dallas Professional Pro of the Year and the USPTA Texas
Professional of the Year (on two separate occassions). Craig is a USPTA Master Professional and is one
of only 180 tennis professionals to ever receive this coveted designation. This top class operation has hosted tennis
professionals Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston,
Dick Stockton, Luke and Murphy Jensen, Sam Querry and Mark Knowles. Our indoor tennis courts have a unique presence
in the city of Dallas and are a popular venue for our members and guests.
Early in its development, Bent Tree
Country Club was envisioned not only as an exclusive family-oriented club, but
also one that would attract the business and community leaders of Dallas as
members. That vision has come true. Bent Tree can boast of chairman and
presidents from many of the Fortune 500 businesses, athletic figures from
football to golfing greats, among several of the past mayors of Dallas and many
others that make up the tapestry of the Bent Tree membership.