Fort Worth, Texas/16,000 square feet
The Golf Club at Fossil Creek, located in Fort Worth, Texas, was the first piece of an ambitious Master Plan developed by Woodbine Development Corporation in the late 1980’s. The Golf Club was originally part of the Marriott Golf’s Resort Chain noted for resorts such as Camelback and Shadow Hills in Arizona.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, the golf course accommodates approximately 45,000 – 50,000 rounds of golf a year. The design was inspired by the view of exposed limestone cliffs and original farm structures on site. The building was carefully sited on a bluff at the edge of an existing forest to take advantage both of views from inside the dining area and of shade offered to the exterior deck areas.
The 16,000 square foot facility houses a full-service Banquet Kitchen, Great Room (dining), Pro Shop, Club Room, Offices, and Men’s & Women’s Locker Rooms on the upper level. The partially buried basement level contains storage for approximately 75 golf carts and a maintenance shop.
The determination of the finished floor elevation for the second level was critical to the successful operation of tournaments. To solve this, a front-end loader was brought to the site. The Club Manager and Architect were actually raised to the exact height where they could view the cart staging area, the golfers coming off the 18th green, and the No. 1 tee box all at the same time. This spot is where the Silo Pro Shop, which can be seen in the photographs above, now stands.