Imagine this: You want to create a town from scratch. So you you acquire about 2,500 acres of unincorporated land; partner with one of the best golfers in the world; build a golf course surrounded by a subdivision; upset said pro golfer, so he abandons the project; add several MUDs, 9 more holes and an elementary school; the development changes hands to a wacky developer-group, so townspeople incorporate to drive them out; add another 9 holes to have two, 18-hole courses, naming one after the original pro golfer/developer partner; build out the remaining 1,250 acres and add a high school + retail. That's Trophy Club.
One might think that Trophy Club, TX cropped up over night -- especially if you're someone who has lived in or grown up around the small Denton County community. That is most certainly not the case. The land that is present-day Trophy Club was settled by one of the handful of migrant families after the Treaty of Bird's Fort negotiated by Sam Houston and the local Native American tribes. The most notable family was the Medlin's (Charles, Matilda, Charles' mom and his brother Lewis) in 1847. After being displaced several times from flooding, they relocated to the high-ground of the area, where the family stayed until after WWI.
Trophy Club as a concept, and eventually a town, began just as that... a concept. John McMackin, an attorney out of Fort Worth, is credited with convincing the wildly popular but extremely private golf legend Ben Hogan to design and carry out his first (and only) golf course.
It would be 18 holes with a two-story club house -- effectively a shrine to Hogan, housing his tangible legacy and trophies; thus "Trophy Club". Thereafter, a developer out of Houston got permission from Westlake's ETJ to build out the first subdivision around the course. When the entire area was sold to another developer, Hogan was told he wouldn't be getting his double-decker club house. He immediately denounced the project and removed himself completely.
As the community began to take shape, residents really took charge. A community improvement association was formed, several Municipal Utility Districts were carried out, they even added an elementary school and 9 more holes to the golf course. After the community was sold yet again, developers wanted to make Trophy Club Texas's first "master-planned community" (it effectively was, by definition). Residents sought incorporation to keep Trophy Club from being over-built and commercialized. They voted in their first mayor and town council in 1985, and ushering in development partners that aligned with the residents' vision for Trophy Club. The remaining 1,250 was developed to include a middle school, 9 more golf holes, parks and eventually Byron Nelson High School (which, for golf fans, is horribly ironic.)
Today, Trophy Club stands a living, breathing testament to a true community of residents banding together to create a special place to live -- in their image. You would be hard pressed to find a more welcoming and unique town in DFW. Trophy Club, in its truest form, still continues to grow very methodically and purposefully. Recently, it was named the safest city in Texas. Raising your family or growing your business, Trophy Club recognizes and celebrates "special", and keeps it that way.
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