An Oak Cliff church with thousands of members and a celebrity pastor is buying the Golf Club of Dallas.

Formerly known as Oak Cliff Country Club, it was built in 1954 and hosted the Byron Nelson golf tournament for eight years. A developer had plans in 2017 to buy the golf course and build 500 houses on it.

But now Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship has purchased the club.

Head golf pro Philip Bleakney said in an email to members that the church plans to keep it as a golf course.

The Senior Pastor, Dr. Tony Evans, told me in one of our meetings that he founded the Church in 1976 with 10 people in his house. They now employee over 300 employees and have about 10,000 active members. They have tremendous outreach in the community and have an interest in approximately 200 acres in Oak Cliff, not including the golf course. After many phone conversations and several in person meetings, it was clear to me that Dr. Evans and Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship was a perfect group to own the Club. OCBF made it clear that they want to see the golf course remain intact and plan to work on making it the focal point of the community like it has been in the past.

“It is clear that they just want the best for the club,” Bleakney said.

The church did not respond to a request for comment.