Dallas Athletic Club Plans Year-Long Series of Events to Celebrate Centennial Milestone

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019


Dallas Athletic Club Plans Year-Long Series of Events to Celebrate Centennial Milestone

The Dallas Athletic Club will celebrate its landmark 100th anniversary in 2019 in a series of historic events, including the release of a historic book about one of the oldest private clubs in Texas, an exclusive painting, a series of parties, golf and tennis events, and a day-long visit from course designer and world golf superstar Jack Nicklaus.

The Northeast Dallas private club began in 1919 as a premier downtown Dallas dining and workout facility. In the decades which followed it has moved to two other locations, including where it now sits on 340 acres of prime real estate, which was once cattle land, and now hosted generations of friends, families, member and their guests.

It’s hosted the 1963 PGA Championship, the first of five such major championships won by Nicklaus, who designed both the Blue and Gold courses at DAC, plus championship golf, including the 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, great tennis, numerous celebrities and a century’s worth of memories.

“For the 100 anniversary of this remarkable place, we designed a wide variety of memorable events to celebrate this milestone event,” said General Manager Brent Burkhart. “We looked for ways to commemorate this huge event and we’re happy to do it each and every month.”

Among the highlights of DAC 100, logo attached, will be the release of a historic book, highlighting the decades, deeds and people which allowed the club to only be the few private clubs in North Texas or the state to reach the century mark.

Each chapter, written by Texas golf historian Art Stricklin, chronicles the most memorable events and figures in club history from World War I/Great Depression era downtown Dallas to its current spot in one of the fastest growing areas in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.

The hardcover, coffee table-sized book contains dozens of past and current members along with historical and current color and black and white photos. There is also a timeline of the historic events over the last 100 and years and a recap of DAC statistics and club information.

No non-member has contributed more to the club’s 100 years of success, especially its last 50 years than golf’s all-time champion, Jack William Nicklaus. The Golden Bear, who won the first of five of PGA Championships at DAC and later re-designed both golf courses at a significant discount because of his appreciation for the club, is still carrying the money clip he won there for the 1963 PGA.

He will be a big part of the centennial celebration with a day-long appearance on Sunday, May 5. He will tour the course, as he has done so many times, showing the members why his courses endured over the decades.

Nicklaus along with his wife Barbara will also host a special dinner at the club and an intimate Q&A about his unmatched golfing career and his many highlights on and off the private, century old North Texas standard.

Ryder Cup artist Graham Baxter will unveil his exclusive Centennial Club Painting there, which will be personally signed by Nicklaus and Baxter for sale to the members.

Other golf events include the revival of the Red River Classic in April and the Nicklaus Cup in May right after the tournament’s namesake’s visit.

DAC’s golfing highlight will take place In June when the Nicklaus designed Blue Course plays host to the 2019 Texas Amateur, the state’s premier amateur tournament which attracts some of the best players from all over the Lone Star links.

Tennis, with its newly renovated, lighted courts will be highlighted with the Davis Cup in June and the annual Pro-Am in September as it’s celebrates its friendly competition.

The official club century celebration, the Party of the Century, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 in encompassing the entire Clubhouse of Dallas Athletic with artifacts, momentous and memories from the first 100 years and previews of the next century of celebration.

A time capsule will be buried on New Year’s Eve 2019 to cap the year-long celebrate at the new DAC clock tower which now stands as a  symbol of the celebration truly 100 years in the making.

For more information on the Dallas Athletic Club’s 100-year Centennial Celebration and various events through the year to cover, film and report on, contact Pat Stevens, pstevens@dacstaff or call the club, 972-279-3671. For information on the club’s history and background along the 100-anniversary book, contact historical consultant Art Stricklin, astrick@flash.net



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