NAME DROP ALERT: Last week while covering the Dallas Cowboys corporate golf event there was PGA great John Daly. Sadly, Mr. Daly told me he can’t play the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week because of a shoulder injury that will keep him out for approximately six more weeks.
“I’m hoping to be back in time for the British (Open),” he told me, which is the second week of July.
(BTW - is there anything more self serving in the media these days than the “told me” line? It’s been totally saturated, and sadly almost completely necessary).
I asked Daly if he had participated, or had seen, a recent poll of PGA players by Golf.com, and specifically one question about the best course on tour.
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“No - I don’t do those things,” he said.
“That doesn’t surprise me,” Daly said. “It’s awesome. I really hate missing it. It’s tradition. They could have it in a cow pasture and I would love it. It’s the tradition of the game.”
Maybe Daly was pandering to the crowd - I told him where I worked - but there is a reason why this tournament has moved so far ahead of the nearby Nelson Tournament, which is played at the less-than-desirable TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas.
From a fan’s perspective, this tournament has to be one of the best on the tour. It’s easily walked, and every hole is viewable without feeling like you need a plane ride from one hole to the next.
The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial starts this week, which means it is that time of year again to dress up, see who has had the best “work done”, and impress our friends by trying too hard at the 13th hole - the party spot. For alcohol intake, this is the place to be, but not necessarily to watch golf.
To watch the game, there are two spots in particular you should try. Click here for a map of the course:
The par 3 hole near the club itself is the single best, most underrated spot on the course. Every vantage point offers views of the tee box, and the pin. There is sand, water, and fans watch from the high ground which allows you to see everything up to and including the freeloaders in the sky boxes pretending that they are working.
Halfway between the fairways of No. 15 and No. 17
This is the best spot to watch the two Par 4 holes. Find the batch of trees near the sand traps, and you can easily see the drives, and the approaches of both holes. And you can do so under the shade of the tree.
Everybody has their favorite spot on an 18-hole course to watch, these are mine.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760