In fact, its reputation fell so low that in the fall of 2010, the Bright family — who owned the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s and who also happen to own the course’s surrounding residential Castle Hills development — took over management of the course themselves, with the ultimate goal of making the course private.
After a four-month shutdown and renovations that continued throughout last year, the result is a stunningly positive one. The Lakes at Castle Hills now features greatly upgraded service, markedly improved course conditions and limited public play — and it’s even been chosen as not only the site for this year’s professional Texas Women’s Open but also the Texas State Open, which will make it the only course in Texas to ever host both in the same year.
“We never lost hope or gave up complete control. We knew the course was way better than that,” says Bright Realty partner Chris Bright.