The Colonial marked the end of the trail for the Texas swing of the PGA Tour, so we asked the players for the lowdown on their hoedown in the Lone Star State. Here's how they rated the TPC at The Woodlands (Shell Houston Open), the TPC at Four Seasons Resort (GTE Byron Nelson Classic) and the Colonial Country Club (MasterCard Colonial).
No contest, podnah, not as long as Houston and Dallas are held at TPC tracks.
•Locker Room: Nelson
The players go for the '90s-style amenities. Some guys like the workout room, some like the basketball court, while others opt for a massage. "It's the total package," says Steve Elkington.
•Clubhouse Food: Colonial
One of the first stops to offer complimentary lunch and dinner, the Colonial now has three Texas-sized buffets, with a killer dessert table. Houston was cited for its full breakfast and fried catfish lunch.
•Practice Facility: Nelson
Almost by default. Colonial has improved from the days when some players warmed up on the nearby Cullen Davis estate, but they still have to ride a cart from the range to the practice green.
•Outside Attractions: Houston
Hands down. Want some Rockets playoff tickets? You got it. Want to check out the Astros? No problem. Want to spend a rainy afternoon in a movie theater? Here are the tickets.
•Fans: Tie, Houston and Colonial
Houston gets the numbers, but Colonial's galleries are more knowledgeable. The fans in Dallas are just there for the party. Which leads us to the next category.
•Party Area: Nelson
Phoenix has the Bird's Nest, the Nelson has the Pavilion. Both rank as the top pickup spots on Tour. "It's just one step short of divorce court," says Mark Brooks.
•Margarita: Tie, Colonial and Nelson
Because the same outfit, Frozen Drinks Unlimited, makes 'em for both events. Last Saturday in Fort Worth, fans stood 20 deep in nine lines waiting to shell out $9 for 32 ounces and $4 for 16.