Historic Course Has "Soft" Opening
The Alamo City Golf Trail, the new name of the City of San Antonio's municipal golf courses and the DBA of the organization now running them, recently announced a "soft opening" of historic Brackenridge Golf Course following that course's $4.5 million renovation.
A "soft opening" means that the course can be played by the general public at this time - but with limits. Between now and Dec. 1, golfers can pay $250 to play Brackenridge. Money raised during this period will be used to help renovate the clubhouse and build a Texas Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.
The ACGT says in a press release about Brackenridge, the first 18-hole municipal golf course built in Texas, and designed by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast:
After appearing very tired and worn for way too long, Brackenridge Park Golf Course has recaptured the luster, beauty and mystique that has distinguished it as the birthplace of Texas golf. The Alamo City Golf Trail, the local non-profit assigned to revitalize the city’s municipal golf courses, has devoted the last eight months and $4.5 million to restore Brackenridge and bring it back to Tillinghast's original design.
"Brack is one of the most important golf courses in the U.S., and the only golf course that is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. We hope that those who have played Brack for many years appreciate the renovations and the significance that A. W. Tillinghast's golf course brings to this community," says Jim Roschek, president and CEO of The Alamo City Golf Trail.
"The renovation of The Brackenridge Park Golf Course shows the City's commitment to municipal golfers and its appreciation of the history that surrounds this golf course," he says.
Today Brackenridge Park Golf Course is postcard-picture perfect – from the elevated tee boxes to new cart paths, lush fairways, trimmed tree canopies and uniquely shaped greens.
The routing on the front nine holes is the same, but there is significantly more tee space, many more bunkers and five new species of turf. On the back nine, the routing is completely changed, and seven of the original nine holes are back in play. The new layout includes a mock realignment of the San Antonio River through the course and the historic, stone bridges are back in use.