May 4, 2011

Trophy Club: A golfing getaway becomes a place for families

Trophy Club's space, schools and parks are drawing newcomers.

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A decade before it became a town, Trophy Club was centered on a country club for an older crowd who wanted weekend homes where they could play golf.

By the time the town incorporated in 1985, the weekend golfers were making Trophy Club their permanent home. And they were being joined by families with children.

Both groups were drawn by the self-contained atmosphere of the town. Although it's just off Texas 114, it's away from the crowds and traffic nightmares of nearby cities.

Those attractions are still drawing new residents. The 4.2-square-mile town has added about 1,700 people since 2000, an increase of more than 26 percent.

Among the new residents is Eris Scott, whose family moved to town in October.

"When I lived in the H-E-B area 14 years ago, there was so much hustle and bustle," Scott said. "Here I can get anywhere I want to go in 15 to 20 minutes."

The schools and parks were also a plus for the mother of three. "Most people are here because [Northwest] is a great school district," she said.

The challenge for the town may be preserving the way of life as growth continues. The growth trend is unlikely to reverse itself, said Carolyn Huggins, the town's development director.

Trophy Club is projected to have up to 14,000 residents by 2020 if 1,500 homes are built on 700 undeveloped acres.

Eddie Price moved here 11 years ago to be near his grandchildren in Southlake. He dreads the coming growth.

"It's starting to get so many homes, the traffic is going to be unbelievable," Price said.

But Huggins notes that as younger people move in, the median age goes down. The city wants to encourage that, she said.

"Our plan for the next 10 years is to make it more family-oriented and for our growth to be in roads and parks," she said.

Martha Deller, 817-390-7857

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