Alamo City Golf Trail Closer to Reality

Alamo City Golf Trail Closer to RealityA dramatic restoration and upgrade of the venerable Brackenridge Golf Course will tee off the new Municipal Golf Association- San Antonio’s (MGA-SA) Alamo City Golf Trail that will forever change the golf landscape of the City of San Antonio.

Reid Meyers, Chairman of the MGASA Board of Directors, says the birthplace of Texas golf just beckons to be restored. “Golfers around the nation have revered Brackenridge as the first 18-hole municipal golf course built in Texas, in 1916, by renowned golf course architect, A. W. Tillinghast,” Meyers said. Tillinghast designed other great golf courses such as Baltusrol Golf Course in Springfi eld, N.J.; Winged Foot Golf Course in Mamaroneck, N.J., and Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y. 

Golf legends such as Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer all competed at the old Brack. Plus, the first Texas Open was hosted at Brackenridge in 1922 and it was the tournament site until 1959.

Alamo City Golf Trail Closer to RealityJohn Colligan of Colligan Golf Design of Arlington will be orchestrating the golf course renovation. Colligan is charged with restoring the golf course as close as possible to the original design as well as upgrading the quality of Cedar Creek, Olmos and San Pedro. His previous renovations include Colonial C.C. and Hawk Creek in Ft. Worth, and his original designs include Springhouse Golf Club in Nashville, TN and the links at Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, NM.

Included in the $6-million in renovations to the course are upgrades to the Borglum Studio (converting it into a conference center), a new Texas Golf Museum and Texas Golf Walk of Fame. The museum will include original artifacts, interactive stations, video and 3D kiosks.

The changes to the front nine holes at Brackenridge will be subtle and include upgrades to bunkers, lengthening the tee boxes and altering the shape of the greens.

On the back nine, the signature 10th and 18th holes will be rebuilt to their original configuration. The creeks under the bridges on the back have been dry for years, but that will change and a new water feature will be added. 

 

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