Where was the first municipal golf course in Texas built? If you guessed San Antonio you are absolutely right. The world famous and accomplished golf course architect A. W. Tillinghast designed and built Brackenridge Park Golf Course in 1915. Brackenridge Park was one of his earliest works. In 1922, John Bredemus, a famous San Antonio Olympian, co-founded the Texas Open which was held at Brackenridge until 1959. The list of Texas Open winners is a who's who of the most famous golfers of all time, including Hagen, Sarazen, Hogan, Nelson and Snead.
After many years, the Brack fell into a state of disrepair. The Municipal Golf Association San Antonio (MGASA) was formed in early 2007 with the purpose of operating and managing the city's seven golf facilities. The non-profit corporation was funded with $9.4 million from the city to renovate and improve the courses that had lacked the resources over the past decade to make needed improvements. The MGASA in turn, pledged to borrow an additional $3.3 million to give all the golf courses a needed facelift.
In the spring of 2007, architect John Colligan of Arlington, Texas was chosen to orchestrate the restoration of the Brackenridge Park golf course. By using historic photos and aerials, John was able to re-establish fifteeen of the original 18 Tillinghast holes. By implementing Tillinghast concepts to the original design and by studying Tillinghast features from around the country, the redesign of Brackenridge will be a special tribute to the renowned architect.
Now this is wonderful news and we eagerly await the re-opening of this great course around November 2008. However, there is even more!!! The clubhouse at "Brack" will also be restored and it will be home to the future Texas Golf Hall of Fame. The adjoining Borglum, which was the first pumping station for the San Antonio Water System, will also be reopened as an art studio. The Borglum once housed the works of world famous sculptor, Gutzon Borglum. It was at Brackenridge Park that Borglum crafted the renderings he used to build the famous landmark we know as Mount Rushmore.
On your next trip to San Antonio, you might want to include a visit to Brackenridge Park and take a tour of this historic area. There are six other courses under the control of the MGASA and I will try to introduce you to them one at a time. Let me know if you are interested and I will post additional information on the MGASA improvements to the courses. I will post pictures of the "Brack" as soon as the course opens and I get to play a round.
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