Beauty of Old Brack
18 Reasons to Tee It Up at Brackenridge Golf Course by: Brett Bell hen it comes to golf few W destinations, can match what San
Antonio has to offer. Superb golf courses, world-class accommodations, family-friendly fun on and off the course, exceptional weather all year-round, succulent dining and so on. The only conundrum – how to experience all that the Alamo City has to offer. Thankfully, one golf course in particular – Brackenridge Park or “Old Brack” – allows visitors to easily check off many of their “must-do in San Antonio” boxes, while providing 18 resounding reasons why golfers should tee it up every time they’re in San Antonio:
1. Centennial Celebration – This Sept. 16, Old Brack will celebrate its 100-year anniversary, with events occurring throughout the year and in 2017. A special logo commemorates this anniversary, and is featured on apparel and other items. 2. A Tillinghast Treasure – Noted golf course architect and recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee A.W. Tillinghast designed Brackenridge Park’s original layout. Old Brack was one of Tillinghast’s few designs in Texas – he’s known more for such noted layouts as Winged Foot, Baltusrol, Bethpage Black and San Antonio’s own Oak Hills. 3. America’s Best – Golfweek ranked Brackenridge Park as one of the top-50 municipal courses in the United States. Other publications have tabbed Brackenridge Park as one of the best public layouts in Texas. 4.
George Washington Was Here – No, not the for-
mer president. Local businessman George Washington Brackenridge donated the land on which the course now sits. Legend has it he once hunted bears here. 5. Walk Where Legends Walked – During its infancy, Brackenridge Park was the site of the Texas Open, now the Valero Texas Open on the PGA TOUR. Among those who played in this event at Old Brack – Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. 6. A Road Runs Through It – The course changed significantly in 1968 when State Highway 281 was built. That construction eradicated the original back nine, and now vehicles speed through areas where fairways and greens once sat. 7. A River Runs Through It – Course architect John Colligan revamped Old Brack in 2007 and re-routed the back nine so that the famed San Antonio River could come into play. 8.
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