Welcome to Trophy Club
In 1973 Houston developers approached the Westlake Town Council about constructing Texas' first premier planned community centered around a country club. Golf great Ben Hogan was commissioned to design the golf course (the only one he ever designed) and construction began on the 27-hole golf course, country club, and community. The town of Trophy Club is named after the country club that was to display the golf legend's trophy collection. Originally envisioned as a retirement community, the town’s appeal has evolved far beyond what the original developers imagined.
In 1983 the development was sold to a Dallas group which added 9 more golf holes and hundreds of more homes. The town finally incorporated in 1985 and residents gained a larger voice in the direction of the town. The largest parcel of 1,200 acres of the development was purchased in 1994 and the remaining available land is limited to a handful of former gas pads that were used for fracking natural gas. Trophy Club's population of around 13,000 should stay significantly stable moving forward.
Over its 35-year history, the city has shown out-of-the-box thinking as well as fiscal responsibility. In 2007, Trophy Club was the first city to use a PID to build infrastructure for residential development. The Highlands at Trophy Club portion of the town was built using those PID dollars, creating roads, sewers, and amenities for approximately 1,450 homes.
Homebuyers in The Highlands currently pay an additional tax until the PID is paid off. Yearly assessments are based on home lot size and range from about $1200 to $2500 per year until paid off.
The original 2007 debt of $27,000,000 was refinanced in 2016 to just 3.8%, and the debt should be retired about 5 years early in 2033. This will save homeowners an estimated $16,000,000.
For the past 7 years, Kristin and I have called the idyllic, tranquil town of Trophy Club our home. Sitting at the entrance to the Alliance "Golden Corridor" and with HWY 114 access, most of the Metroplex is easily accessible to us here. Sure, we value the convenience of its central location but beyond that, we have come to love the country club lifestyle it exudes. Trophy Club's a tight-knit town. Its small size and active lifestyle create a vibe that is both appealing and infectious.
Trophy Club's unique appeal begins but does not end with the two golf courses around which the town was built. Golf greens weave through manicured neighborhoods, four of the most desirable NISD schools are located in town and the city offers a strategic location at the epicenter of the "Golden Corridor." It is no wonder Trophy Club is high on the list of appealing places to call home in DFW.
Lushly planted and copiously maintained, medians along curving main roads wind throughout the town. Beautifully landscaped monuments mark the entrances into the different neighborhoods. There are no stoplights; just sidewalks and bicycle lanes occupied by joggers and strollers. This absence of traffic lights is a subtle, but distinguishing characteristic. It is indicative of the unique quality of life Trophy Club homeowners expect from their community.
One is never more than an easy stone throw to either the Hogan or Whitworth golf course in Trophy Club. Because of the courses’ prominence and proximity, it is also no surprise that golf carts have a long-standing place in this community too. You will see them just about everywhere around town, especially on pretty days. Golf carts are street legal in Trophy Club.
As a planned community, careful thought and zoning have covered every aspect of Trophy Club's growth. Trophy Club's Parks Department is responsible for the landscaping and maintenance of the over 100 medians, planting seasonal colors twice per year.
With the help of many community volunteers, the Parks and Recreation Department continues to expand the inter-connectivity of the hiking trails to provide scenic views and trail access to residents.
The Parks and Recreation Department also teams up with community volunteer groups like the Beautification Committee, Trophy Club Rotary Club, and Trophy Club Women's Club to further seek opportunities to beautify the community and further enhance the Trophy Club lifestyle.
Much of Trophy Club's appeal comes from the energetic life-pace residents seem to prefer. Homeowner participation in community activities is high and the city continues to impress with its ambitious list of event offerings. There are city-sponsored experiences around holidays, plus a full calendar of monthly events. Other city-wide activities, like holiday decorating contests, encourage residents to get out and into the neighborhoods that make up the town. All activities serve to unite the community.
The town leases Trophy Club Park from the U.S. Corps of Engineers. This consists of 877 largely natural acres that border Lake Grapevine on the city's northeast side. Marshall Creek from Lake Grapevine flows through Trophy Club, providing residents plenty of opportunities to interact with nature and the wildlife that come with it. All told, the community benefits from over 1,000 acres of parks and trails.
Located between the DFW International Airport and the Alliance Airport at the gateway of Highway 114 "Golden Corridor", Trophy Club is a popular choice for professionals who value easy commuting around town, coupled with a country club lifestyle. Regional amenities, including dining, shopping, and entertainment, plus proximity to corporate campuses and easy on-off access from State Highway 114.
With a strong corporate growth forecast across southern Denton County, Trophy Club's ease of access to the top employment centers increases the city's desirability. The influx of large business hubs like Vari-Space, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab will go a long way to solidify the city as a desirable location for people looking to relocate. The future, both near and long term, continues to look promising for Trophy Club real estate buyers and sellers.
As a planned community, careful thought and zoning have covered every aspect of Trophy Club's steady growth. And it's that same planning that allows Trophy Club's community of golfers, avid cyclists, joggers, and evening strollers the unique ambiance that comes with a country club community.
The town and country club offers some of the most complete tennis, golf, and community pool facilities anywhere in the metroplex. This superior lifestyle, good location, and outstanding schools mean Trophy Club is often high on the list of home buyers' "must-see" locations in DFW.
Trophy Club consistently lands on national and DFW Metroplex lists of top cities. Sure, the safe streets and county club atmosphere are talking points when considering those awards, just like the tight-knit community feels an active community associations. Perhaps the biggest draw, though, is the quality of the schools located within walking distance of most Trophy Club students.
Not a year passes without the schools of the Northwest ISD winning praise at the National, State, and local levels, and the schools that serve Trophy Club lead the pack. The city is home to four of the top schools in the ISD. Those schools feeding into the city's own Byron Nelson High
and Lakeview Elementary
plus Medlin Middle School
Inclusion in the well-funded and well-respected Northwest Independent School District is a big draw for those with school-aged children. Exemplary schools also tend to create a community that caters to those with youngsters. Trophy Club not only fits into this category, but it also excels at it.
For example, back in 2011, the city recognized the need for school crossing guards at busier city intersections. Since that time, Trophy Club has provided and trained those assistants each school year. This effort is just one example of the city considering and serving the needs of the community as a whole.
Another positive outcome of Trophy Club's effort to promote community through an active social calendar is safety. A tight-knit community is aware and protective of one another. The city consistently lands on national and Metroplex lists of safest cities in North Texas. The police force is prominent in the community. It is not unusual to see at least one patrol officer on most outings. Just do not get caught going over 30 mph along the main roads. The speed limit is strictly enforced.
Real Estate Market
With Trophy Club nearing its development completion, new home construction in the city is winding down and attention has turned to complete the modest commercial development. Recently a joint town hall/police station plus numerous new restaurants located near Trophy Wood Drive and Highway 114 have been completed.
Much of the town's appeal is the wide range of home choices available here. Trophy Club is predominantly single-family properties most of which are owned and not rented. Home prices start well above the Metroplex average, and this high standard of living is reflected in the above-average annual median household income of residents here as well.
Because the city experienced its first residential construction in the 1970s and that development has continued steadily throughout the remaining years, homebuyers have 50 years of evolving style and design choices from which to select.
At any given time, homes for sale in Trophy Club range from well-established properties with mature trees and lush exterior landscapes on larger lots, to newer, contemporary-styled properties on small lots that require minimal yard maintenance. Home prices vary widely too with properties starting in the mid $400,000s and climbing to well over $1,000,000.