The City of Arlington and Texas Rangers are partnering up to create a new golf club that will be the only Major League Baseball-branded golf course in the world. Called the Texas Rangers Golf Club, it'll open in north Arlington in summer 2018.
The club is a rebranding of the former Chester W. Ditto Golf Course which will receive new features and amenities, including a new club house. This collaborative branding partnership affords the opportunity for Arlington to offer a destination golf course not only for residents but for visitors to the Rangers ballpark, Texas Live!, and other entertainment district attractions.
"As the world’s only MLB-themed golf course, this course is sure to be a 'bucket list' item for baseball fans across the globe, especially our Rangers fan right here in Arlington," says Mayor Jeff Williams.
The course is at Brown Boulevard and Collins Street in north Arlington. The $24 million project includes a total renovation and updated routing of the existing golf course with improved turf grasses and additional water features. A new 33,871-square-foot clubhouse, set to open in spring 2019, will feature a full-service restaurant and bar, covered patio overlooking the golf course, pro shop, locker rooms, and numerous rental and event spaces.
To honor Chester W. Ditto, his family, and their contributions to the city of Arlington, the clubhouse will be named the Chester Ditto Clubhouse. In a release, Texas Rangers VP Rob Matwick acknowledged the team's history with the course.
"Ditto Golf Course has a long tradition in North Arlington and Rangers' team personnel have been playing at that location for many years," Matwick said. "We feel this presents a great cross-promotional opportunity for the club, and we look forward to working with the city to make Texas Rangers Golf Club a first-class destination."
The Texas Rangers are allowing the city to use the team's branding for the public golf course at no cost through a promotional and licensing agreement, which was approved by Arlington City Council on January 9. Arlington will remain the owner and the operator of the course, collecting all green fees and clubhouse revenues.
The hope is that the course will draw high-profile golf tournaments, attract new business and housing, and encourage visitors to extend their stay at Arlington's hotels through tourism promotional packages.
The Texas Rangers Golf Club rates are still being finalized, but Arlington residents will receive discounted green fees.
The branding agreement extends through December 31, 2054, which coincides with the team’s lease with the city for the future Globe Life Field retractable-roof ballpark that opens in 2020.
The Texas Rangers will provide increased marketing for the city's golf club, including print advertising on pocket schedules and game programs, video spotlights during Rangers home games, and cross-promotions on the Rangers website and social media feeds.