Sunday, July 09, 2006

Update on Fate of Bryan Municipal

Last month we posted about the situation in Bryan involving the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the Bryan Municipal golf course. The university was looking for land on which to expand the Health Science Center, and the A&MHSC president stated that they were considering the golf course, which, if they selected it for the location of the medical facility, would be a gift from the City of Bryan. The Bryan mayor responded by saying he had no idea what the A&M folks were talking about.

He does now. The Bryan City Council recently unanimously voted to try wooing A&M to place its Health Science Center expansion on the land where the Bryan Municipal now sits. It's not a given that A&M will ultimately choose that site, as the university is sure to be wooed by other interested parties, too. But by all appearances the golf course is the clear frontrunner.

So what happens to golf in Bryan if the muni goes the way of the dinosaurs? The same articles gives an indication that Bryan city leaders are interested in building a new municipal in another part of the city.

According to the article, Bryan city leaders contacted College Station city leaders and broached the idea of going in on a new golf course project together. Sounds like a fine idea to me ... but not to the folks who run College Station, who rebuffed it.

Bryan city leaders also approached the folks at Briarcrest Country Club about selling the course to the city, and were rebuffed on that idea, too.

A third idea is to build a new course near Lake Bryan, where the city already owns land. But the president of the Brazos Golf Association opposes that site because it's not convenient for many of the Bryan-College Station golfers.

Stay tuned.

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