Our History

Bent Tree Country Club was founded in 1972.

Former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom 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 Road.

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. Open Qualifying. 

Our Club’s Golf operation has garnered many awards and honors under the direction of David Price, Head Professional Emeritus. 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 recognitions, 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 the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Our golf operation has also graduated 17 head 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 its Director Craig Bell. This top of the class operation has hosted tennis professionals like Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston and Dick Stockton. 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 chairmen 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.

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