Shady Oaks

Marvin Leonard’s doctor recommended he get some fresh air and exercise.  The workaholic had never played golf but it seemed like a good match for the doctors orders so he made his way to the local course Glen Garden, just out of Fort Worth.

Here he would strike up a friendship with a short, skinny kid named Bennie.  It was the start of a long friendship and in 1959 when Leonard built the new shady oaks country club ‘Bennie’ would join.  It was to be Ben (bennies) Hogan’s club for the next 40 years.

>We were fortunate to start working with the club in 2015 on a Masterplan for the course.  Soon after we rebuilt the Little Nine…the 10 acre space in the middle of the course where Hogan once practised.  Formalised into 9 holes it now provides a fun place to play a quick nine or alternatively in quite times where some free form golf can be played anywhere between 80 and 350 yards.

In July 2019 we started on the main course and were scheduled to finished construction in April or May 2020.  This is our first design in the US and were excited to show what an Australian design firm is capable of in the hills around Fort Worth.


Shady Oaks Country Club


Fort Worth, Texas, USA


18-hole course redesign and development of Little Nine
Construction 2019 to 2020
Scheduled to open late 2020

Design Sketches by Mike Cocking