The PGA Tour swings back through the Lone Star State this week for its second Texas two-stop of the year. After visiting San Antonio and Houston in late March/early April, the circuit hangs out in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this week and next.
The pros tee off the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Thursday just outside of Dallas at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. Here are five things you need to know about the event and its surrounding area:
Jordan Spieth returns home
It’s not a bad time for the 20-year-old wunderkind to get some home cooking. Spieth is playing well – fifth on the money list, sixth in FedExCup standings, eighth in world rankings – but he’s smarting after letting another chance at victory slip away. He faltered in the final group of the Masters, and did so again on Sunday at the Players Championship. The Dallas native will have a big backing this week at Las Colinas.
Walk to some Real good food
If you’re watching the Byron Nelson Championship or just staying at the Four Seasons, the best restaurant in Irving is across the street. Via Real earned a TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence for 2013, specializing in scrumptious Southwestern cuisine. We recommend either the Cancun – sautéed Texas gulf shrimp in a mango-basil sauce – or the Tacos De Res – tenderloin tips sautéed with ancho chili sauce and cheddar cheese, rolled in flour tortillas, with Spanish rice, black beans, chili con carne and queso.
When in Texas, go big
Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? So you might as well go big or go home. To go big, find your way to Zero Gravity, a thrill park with only extreme rides. There’s bungee jumping (seven-story drop), the Skycoaster (gliding more than 100 feet off the ground), the Texas Blastoff (rocket straight up at 70 mph), Nothin’ but Net (a 16-story free fall), and the Skyscraper. This last ride is a massive windmill; check it out:
You can chill at great heights too
If that amusement park didn’t have enough heights for you, or you prefer to get your views from enclosed objects, visit Dallas’ Reunion Tower. For scenic vistas of the DFW area, stop on the GeO-Deck for interactive screens, HD zoom cameras, and indoor or outdoor viewing. Up one level is Cloud Nine, the lunch spot you can’t leave without enjoying its signature Chocolate Tower Dessert. And then up another level is Five-Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, a fine dining Asian Fusion restaurant that rotates at night. The name comes from the number of feet above the ground that the top of Reunion Tower stands.
Top off the trip with Topgolf
Whether or not you’re in town for the golf, you shouldn’t leave Dallas without playing some. And the best place to do that is Topgolf, the coolest thing to happen to the sport since Tiger Woods. Bring the family, bring some buddies, or bring a date and tee off from the two-tiered driving range, taking shots at lighted targets. The closer you land your micro-chipped ball to a target’s bulls-eye, the more points you score in whatever game you’re playing. Order food and drinks while you play; or saddle up to the main level or upper level bar; or chill out on the patio. If putting is more your thing, the Dallas location has mini golf. If baseball is more your thing, it also has batting cages.
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