Brackenridge Park Golf Course
Brackenridge Park Golf Course, which is the oldest public golf course in Texas, was the first ever host to the Texas Open Golf Tournament in 1922. This historic golf course has the honor of being the first inductee into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Brackenridge Park may not be as challenging to today’s golfers, but it is still an entertaining round. The layout has a tight front nine with plenty of trees, demanding accurate tee shots. The back nine is more open, subjecting it to strong winds. Water comes into play on a few holes and there are also numerous doglegs and well-placed bunkers to watch out for. Elevated greens and tight fairways lined with trees add to the challenge at Brackenridge Park Golf Course.
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1st tee. Look at the beauty. Photo submitted by joshsmith12 on 03/26/2020
Deception on the 8th. That front bunker is 50 yards short of the green. Photo submitted by joshsmith12 on 03/26/2020
Photo submitted by David9262534 on 05/31/2013
Brackenridge Park Golf Course San Antonio, Texas Photo submitted by MarkP3MP on 03/13/2013
Classic layout in the heart of San Antonio!
So, I've been wanting to review Old Brack for a while and just haven't had the time. So here we go.
First off, Brackenridge Park Golf Course is part of the Alamo City Golf Trail (ACGT) and is its signature course. The ACGT is made up of 6 local courses and you can buy a basic (called "Level 1") membership for just 60$. Even if you are just going to play Brack once its worth the buy considering green fees are about 60$. After getting the membership you get a punchcard for 6 FREE rounds at ACGT courses.
Anyway, why do I love Old Brack? So, if you love golf you probably appreciate a little bit of history. Brack is the oldest public course in Texas and opened in 1916. The course design is by A.W. Tillinghast. Why is this cool? Tillinghast is probably one of the most prolific golf course architects in the history of golf. The guy designed 265 different courses and a few that you may have heard of... Baltusrol, Bethpage State Park, Winged Foot, Newport C.C., Ridgewood C.C. and the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. Brack is also the home to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and was the original site of the Texas Open (now held at TPC San Antonio). Finally, Brack has become home to many of the top local amateur tournaments and will be holding the city's first Public Links Championship this fall.
Brack is great course for every type of golfer. All 18 holes are contained with OB around the external perimeter on the course. This allows for players to get a little forgiveness on some misses. It isn't uncommon to find a player playing the 9th hole playing from the first fairway or vice versa. I like playing the 14th hole down the 13th fairway (so watch out!). The course is always in great shape and the greens roll true. The front 9 features some tighter fairways and smaller greens than the very scorable back 9 with the two short par 5s 12 & 13. It's pretty neat to play Tillinghast's classic square cut greens on holes 2, 4, 6, 7, 11, 14, 15 and 18. Also, when the rounds done take a peak in the locker room where you see old lockers featuring the names of Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and Sam Snead.
Getting back to good shape
A couple of months ago, the course was undergoing repairs and it was in pretty rough shape. Now it's starting to take good shape, fairways are looking much much better. This course will always hold a place near and dear to my heart as so far it's been the only course where I broke 80. If you want to go for a classic course with a lot of history, you will not regret playing Brack. Definitely a must stop when in San Antone.
In pretty bad shape
Brackenridge is supposed to be the flagship of Alamo City Golf Trail Courses, but I was disappointed at how poor the conditions were. Most fairways and greens were in rough shape, especially compared to a couple of years ago, when they were in immaculate shape. If this course had one beautiful aspect it used to be the greens, but those are not in great shape either. With all the rain San Antonio has gotten the past few weeks, I would figure the course would be in great shape, but that's not the case. The superintendent or greens keeper must have done experimenting with changing grass, and it has failed. Brack used to be a gem, considered one of the Top Public Courses in the US. I hope Brack can come back to the days of glory.
I have no real complaints about brackenridge. The condition was solid considering we got 5-6 of rain within the past week. Greens were aerated 10 days ago so a little sandy and bumpy. Traps were still wet due to rain. A great Tillinghast design that’s very playable for everyone. It’s a little short for the longer hitters, but still presents some challenges. Great for beginners since the only OB is on the property line or water. I will definitely be returning for another round
fun round, great pace
Brackenridge is a fun muni course in very good shape. it is fairly short but the 64 bunkers and tight fairways on the front 9 make up for the length. My group was 1st one off, so we played in 2.5 hours...love that pace!
I have the ACGT punch so my price was very low (the membership fee includes free and heavily discounted tee times). However, when I have paid full greens fee, I've always felt it was slightly over-priced by about $10 to $15. But, all-in-all, I recommend Brack for its challenge, variety of holes, and overall condition of the course.
It is rare to see a muni with so many well-maintained traps...maybe that's what drives up the green fees?
Never looked so good
Old Brack has became the gem of the Alamo City Golf Trail. The trail itself has really improved over the last few years, and Old Brack is the best of them. Fairways are lush green. A little longer than normal, which looks great and makes them slightly easier to hit out of. All bunkers/tees are in excellent condition. They’ve done their best to minimize touching during this Coronavirus epidemic. Green were freshly sanded a few days ago. Rolled good but, were slower than normal due to it. A few more days and a fresh rain and they’ll be virtually perfect. Noticed a few ballmarks people weren’t fixing. Please do, it’s too nice of a course to have this problem. Enjoy, go play, while we still can.
San Antonio golfing
Had a very enjoyable outing. The greens were a bit sandy and had some bounces due to recent conditioning but overall it was a good course to play!
Course is in perfect conditions. The only bad thing about this course I experienced was the pace of play. It took over 6 hours to play 18 holes. Tee time was for 10:33, but it was so backed up that I did not get started until 11:20. Played the 1st hole and the waited another approximately 30 minutes to tee off the 2nd hole par 3 because there was another 3 groups of 4- waiting like us.
Tree debris were in several holes from what my understanding had been there several weeks
Course conditions were perfect. I would recommend playing this course after 2 pm if you don’t want to wait and spend all day waiting.
Tex-Mex Tillnghast: Brackenridge Park Golf Course
While it may seem hard to believe, A. W. Tillinghast spent quite a bit of time in the Alamo City in the 19 teens and twenties (providing an "examination" of San Antonio Country Club while building Alamo Country Club in the early 1920s, which was later to be known as Oak Hills Country Club). Brackenridge Park Golf Course is a simply a wonderful example of his work. It is the oldest public course in the state of Texas (1916) and was the first inductee into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Old Brack, as it's known by the locals (although as a kid, my friends and I referred to it as Baltusrol South), is an absolute staple of the game in southwest Texas. A 2008 redesign returned the routing to Tillie's original build.
Old live oaks, ponds and small tributaries of the San Antonio River are in play, throughout the round. The front side is tighter, with smaller green surfaces and terrific bunkering. The back opens up a bit, moves to larger putting surfaces and allows the seemingly ever present wind to have greater presence in helping influence how one will play their next shot. Numbers 16 and 18 are beautiful mid/short three pars that are ALL Tillie. But it's the history of the course that you'll not be able to shake: The Texas Open was played here, off and on, from 1922 until 1959. Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson (beating Ben Hogan in 1940), Sam Snead and Mike Souchak (who set the record that would stand for 46 years in a 72 hole professional event at 257) all won here. Numerous city and state amatuer events have been held on the course, as well. Finally, in 2009, the Texas Golf Hall of Fame moved to Brackenridge, prompting Ben Crenshaw to say: "I think this is really the place it should be." It's also the place YOU should be if you are ever in San Antonio, looking to play a great round of golf.
Best Muni in Texas
We played Brackenridge twice because The Quarry greens were in so bad shape. Lots of mature trees but the tee shots are playable except #16! Not sure about that tree in the middle of the fairway. I can hit a draw but this shot requires you to hook it about 30 yards! Interesting hole nevertheless. Just laid up and made par both days. Greens are in excellent shape for a muni. But as usual some players don’t know or care to repair their ball marks. Should utilize the marshals to go around and fix some of the ball marks? Very happy we decided to play this local muni. Not very long but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not a worthy challenge.
Nice Muni course Better then some more expensive one in area
Nice course! staff is friendly and course is in good shape design is good greens are good.Was not crowded both times i played. Lots a of shade when it is hot . You need to know how to hit fades and draws of tees.Greens where some what fast and true.
Whoever the Marshall was on 8 March 2019, needs to be fired. It took 4 1/2 hours to play 18 because my two-person party was waiting for the people ahead. This Marshal was awful and over his head. I normally play 18 in 2 1/2 hours. DO NOT PLAY THIS COURSE UNLESS YOU HAVE HALF A DAY TO WASTE. Incompetent employees ruined this course.
We played the quarry in the morning. The greens at the quarry were terrible. But then and afternoon round at Brackenridge redeemed our day. The greens were fantastic and true. What a great course.
Fall in the park
Old Brack was an amazing Fall stroll in the park. Beautiful conditions for mid November on a 65 degree day. Greens were average speed, but rolled true to form. The fairways were nice and green. The Bermuda rough is just starting to turn dormant in spots, so it had that nice green/tan tint to it. Old Brack is a throwback to the great course architecture of old. Amazing bunkering with ample room to play. Simply municipal golf at its best. This is a muni done right. Go play and enjoy.
Bad all around
I have a tee time at 1:33 pm and arrive at the course around 1:15 pm to check in. The gentleman gives me my starter receipt and tells me to give it to the starter before teeing off. 1:33 pm arrives and I get in line to tee off. I say line because two groups are already a head of me looking for the starter who is never found. Eventually tee off around 1:45 pm to begin our round. Course conditions are sub par but the greens are great. Throughout the front nine we had to wait on two or three tee boxes but nothing drastic. Make the turn to the back nine and the two groups in front of us have already called it a day. We get excited thinking we will breeze through the back nine and be done before dark. Things are going good until the 12th when we see 13 is a parking lot. Finish 12 and start approaching 13 when we see 9-10 guys standing on the 12th tee box waiting to tee off. Then we notice the groups are all 5-6 people. We ended up waiting 15 minutes before we decided to pack it in and call it a day at 5:00 pm. As we’re heading back to the club house I see an employee and let him know of the jam on the back nine and he shrugs his shoulders. I go into the pro shop and inform the manager of the jam and he shrugs his shoulders and tells me they are playing a best ball tournament. Overall I was very disappointed especially in the staff. If you are going to spend $80 to golf I would recommend going someplace else.
Wanted to play oldest public course in Texas while on vacation. Played on a holiday was my only regret. Course was in nice shape for the heat conditions. Staff was very friendly.
Definitely would play here again
Excellent Muni with Unique Design
Had a blast on this course with muni with my grandfather. Don’t expect a monster course at just over 6,000 yards, but several of the holes definitely force you to think about club selection. Approach shot placement is also important as there are ridges bisecting many of the greens. Definitely recommend anyone to get out and experience some San Antonio golf history on this Tilley designed course!!
Great old course
The course is in great condition. Greens are fast. It was my first time visiting San Antonio and playing this classic old course that has been around a while was very fun. I like that they also have square shaped greens. Staff was great, but a few groups of players were pretty rude which suprised me. I was hit up on like 4 times from the group behind me when I told them there was a group in front of me and I couldn’t push any faster. The only other issue was even though I booked it thru GolfNow I wasn’t on the tee sheet for the time I paid for but they worked it out