Sunday, January 21, 2007

BraeBurn Renovation and More Notes

We haven't done a notebook in the while, so here's a roundup of some of the golf stories popping up around the state:

  • The Houston Chronicle's golf notebook includes the news that BraeBurn Country Club will close on June 1 for a renovation. Originally designed by John Bredemus and redone by Carlton Gipson in the '90s, there will be no changes to the layout. But the general manager said, "We're resurfacing the tees and fairways with 419 Tifway, and we're putting Mini Verde on the greens. We want to have state-of-the-art playing conditions for our members, and we're looking to have a grand reopening around Oct. 2."
  • Mike Vardeman is the new Director of Instruction at The Academy at La Cantera, part of the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio. Vardeman replaces Michael Lamanna, who left for a similar position at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Vardeman has been at The Academy at La Cantera for 10 years, working previously under Bryan Gathright. Here's a Q&A with Vardeman from the San Antonio Express-News.

  • Trip Kuehne (of the Texas golfing Kuehnes, natch) paired with Danny Green of Tennessee to win a prestigious amateur tournament, the 73rd Southern International Four-Ball mid-amateur. The tournament was played at The Fox Club in Palm City, Fla. earlier this month. Trip is the brother of Hank and Kelli, and was one of Tiger Woods' championship-match victims in Woods' streak of three-straight U.S. Amateur titles.

  • Plano-based Adams Golf has new drivers and fairway woods out: the Insight BUL models for mid- and high-handicappers; the Insight BTY models for better players; and the Insight Belle models for women.

  • An update on the situation in Corpus Christi, where city officials are considering giving Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course over to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi University, and replacing Oso with a newly built course or by buying an existing course. Earlier reports indicated the city was considering the purchase of one of two private courses, Kings Crossing Country Club or Pharaohs Golf Club. A newer story indicates that only Pharaohs is under consideration for purchase by the city.

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