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Brickyard’s No. 10 wet, wild

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RUSTY WELLER/Ellis County Press Managing Editor

FERRIS - Unforgettable. Frightening. One of a kind. Historic.

No. 10 at the Old Brickyard Golf Course has been described as all that and more. Arguably there is nothing quite like it in all of golf.

And if you have trouble hitting over water, the 553-yard, par-five 10th hole will either kill or cure your problem.

Three times golfers must hit over corners of a rectangular water hazard to reach the 10th green. It's not just any pond either.

The water hazard actually is a quarry where clay was mined for bricks. The pond is believed to be as deep as the course's net along I-45 is high - 80 feet.

A second water-filled quarry accentuates the beautiful links. In all, golfers must hit over water eight times on the Metroplex's newest 18-hole public course.

'This course offers a golf experience like no other in this area,' said Jim Mills of Prime Golf Group, which created and manages Old Brickyard. 'With its changes in elevation and closeness to downtown Dallas, it's unique for the area.'

Certainly the 10th hole will be a hot topic in Texas golf circles. From the breathtakingly elevated tee box near the clubhouse looking west toward Ferris, golfers aim for limited fairways on the left, top and right sides of the former quarry. The 348-yard, par-4 11th completes the journey around the pond.

As novel as No. 10 is, Mills insists No. 2 is the course's 'signature hole.'

'From the second fairway, you can see downtown Dallas on a clear day,' he said. 'This hole has it all - changes in elevation, rolling hills and scenic beauty in sight of the city.'

History plays a large part in Old Brickyard's scenic layout, which covers over what some considered an eyesore. History, in fact, is inside many of the mounds and rolling hills.

'We covered over thousands of broken bricks with soil and sod,' said Mills. 'That's why it's so rolling. We just left them there and bulldozed over the top of stacks of bricks and old equipment.'

Some of the bricks were later unearthed, though.

'We wanted to use lots of bricks on the course on signs and markets,' Mills said, so we dug up some we had already buried because they say Ferris on the side. We thought that's a nice touch of history.' 

The rolling terrain allows Old Brickyard to feature topography typical of Hill Country courses. The course offers dramatically elevated tees, hill-lined fairways and large Tif Eagle greens.

'This course is challenging and interesting,' Mills said, 'and should keep ‘em coming back for more' - good news to Ferris-area merchants.

Green fees are $22 on weekdays and $28 on weekends. There's a twilight fee of $17 Monday through Thursday after 4 p.m., holidays excluded.

Carts rent for $11 per person and are required Friday through Sunday and on holidays. For more information, call (972) 842-8700 or visit www.oldbrickyardgolf.com.

The eye-catching net separates two driving ranges from the Interstate. Still under construction, Old Brickyard soon will offer a clubhouse with snack bar and a full-service golf shop. 

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