Rockwood Park - no. 1
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Rockwood Park - no. 1
Rockwood Park was mostly rerouted and, of course, re-grassed, as it reopens in 2017. Pictured is the opening hole, a 414-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 2
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Rockwood Park - no. 2
The par 5s at Rockwood Park are particularly strong, like the second hole, which is protected by water. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 3
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Rockwood Park - no. 3
Colligan Golf also renovated Fort Worth's Rockwood Park Golf Course. Pictured is the 3rd hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 4
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Rockwood Park - no. 4
The par-5 fourth is 611 yards from the tips Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 5
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Rockwood Park - no. 5
You don't want to miss the tee shot to the right on the par-3 fifth hole at Rockwood Park. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 6
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Rockwood Park - no. 6
A fairway bunker looms large on the 409-yard par-4 sixth hole at Rockwood Park. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 7
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Rockwood Park - no. 7
One of the most intriguing holes at Rockwood Park is the drivable, risk-reward par-4 seventh hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 8
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Rockwood Park - no. 8
The highest point at Rockwood Park is the tee on the par-3 eighth hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 9
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Rockwood Park - no. 9
Colligan Golf Design chose to use a couple of rectangular greens, like this one on the par-4 ninth hole at Rockwood Park. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Rockwood Park - no. 10
The 10th at Rockwood Park is a medium length par 4 with water down the left side. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 11
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Rockwood Park - no. 11
The par-4 11th is one of the most unique holes on the course. The tee shot must be played to the right to open up an approach over water on this severe dogleg left. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 11
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Rockwood Park - no. 11
Here's the approach shot on the par-4 11th at Rockwood Park. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 12
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Rockwood Park - no. 12
At 233 yards, the 12th is the longest par 3 at Rockwood Park Golf Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Rockwood Park - no. 13
The par-5 13th at Rockwood Park is reachable in two by long hitters. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Rockwood Park - no. 13
One of the remaining relics at Rockwood Park is this old bridge on the 13th hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Rockwood Park - no. 14
One of the most difficult holes at Rockwood Park is the 457-yard par-4 14th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 15
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Rockwood Park - no. 15
Anything more than a few yards right of the long par-3 15th at Rockwood Park is trouble. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The Trinity River is visible alongside the par-4 16th at Rockwood Park. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Rockwood Park - no. 17
Native grasses and perfectly manicured fairways and greens make for a nice contrast at Rockwood Park. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Rockwood Park - no. 18
Rockwood Park ends with a risk-reward par 5, which has cross bunkers about 50 yards in front of the green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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In pictures: Colligan Golf Design transforms Fort Worth's Rockwood Park Golf Course

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rockwood Park Golf Course, a municipal that reopened in the summer of 2017, is essentially a brand new design by Arlington, Texas-based Colligan Golf Group.

The course originally opened for play in 1938 and was designed by John Bredemus and later upgraded by Ralph Plummer. The new course, though, with the exception of some of the styling of the old bunkers and greens, has been completely redone by the design team of John Colligan and his associate Trey Kemp.

The course also has been lengthened to nearly 7,100 yards with new Tif-eagle greens, tees, fairways, bunkering, drainage and cart paths. Some of the holes, like the par 3 eighth, have elevated tees, and there's water on about a third of the holes. The ninth green is rectangular and can extend as an optional teeing ground for the first hole, a 414-yard par 4.

The course features a variety of par 3s and par 5s with two of the par 5s playing around 600 yards or longer. The back nine is the longer of the two sides, playing 3,662 yards from the tips.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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In pictures: Colligan Golf Design transforms Fort Worth's Rockwood Park Golf Course