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Hanse-Led Restoration Gives Colonial Home a Modern Makeover Inspired by 1941 US Open

Restoration and Renovation of Colonial Country Club for Charles Schwab Challenge

Renowned architect Gil Hanse recently completed a $20 million-plus project to restore the historic Colonial Country Club, known affectionately as “Hogan’s Alley,” to much of its original form. The course, which opened in 1936 and has hosted numerous prestigious golf events, underwent extensive renovations in preparation for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The project involved replacing every bit of sod over approximately 118 acres, installing new greens, tees, and bunkers, and implementing a state-of-the-art irrigation system consisting of 65 miles of pipes. Colonial was the first course in Texas to feature bentgrass greens when it opened nearly nine decades ago, and the renovations included a hydronics system to maintain optimal putting conditions even in the sweltering Texas heat.

Architect Gil Hanse meticulously worked to restore the course by referencing a program from the 1941 U.S. Open, which provided detailed descriptions and photographs of each hole. Significant changes were made to several holes, including Nos. 8 and 13, with greens lowered, moved back, or shifted to create a more challenging and authentic playing experience.

Local favorite Jordan Spieth expressed his excitement for the new era of Colonial, noting the blend of historical restoration and modern enhancements. PGA Tour veteran Ryan Palmer also praised the swift and impressive restoration efforts, emphasizing the positive feedback from players on the newly renovated course.

The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial marks the return of professional golf to this iconic venue, with players eager to test their skills on the updated layout. The first round is set to begin on Thursday, showcasing the culmination of Hanse’s dedication to preserving the legacy of this historic course while catering to the demands of modern golf.

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