Brackenridge Park GC: SandtrapBrackenridge Park Golf Course

Brackenridge Park Golf Course
2315 Avenue B
San Antonio, Texas 78215
Bexar County

Phone(s): (210) 226-5612
Fax: (210) 227-6071
Website: www.alamocitygolftrail.com


One of the all-time classics of Texas golf, Brackenridge Park was designed by the venerable A.W. Tillinghast in 1916, and is the oldest public course in the state. Whether it's the old limestone starters shack, the commemorative plaques that date the course, the stories of the old Texas Open tourneys played here from 1922 to 1959, or the massive, museum-like, Tudor rock clubhouse with its Champions Boards hanging on the walls, this course must be played by every Texan golfer.

Imagine old man Brackenridge hunting bear on this property back in the early days of Texas. Imagine Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Byron Nelson gracing the fairways. Imagine the great game of golf working its way into the consciousness of old-time Texas, while the mastermind behind revered Bethpage, Baltustrol, Winged Foot, and San Francisco CC strutted into town to put his mark on Texas along the San Antonio River.

The flat, old course is not known for its difficulty, although the majestic oaks and pecans that line the narrow fairways have their ways of reaching out and sucking in shots that aren't perfectly straight. There's even the random palm tree here at Brackenridge. The one you'll most likely notice affects the approach on No. 4.

The river comes into play on several holes. In fact on the back nine, creeks and ponds come into play on seven of nine holes, complementing the straightforward front nine, which has only one pond.

In 1968, Brackenridge underwent extensive renovation due to highway construction on 281 and I-35. The course lost 10 acres, and a few of the long par 4s on the back were shortened.

The par 3s on the back are memorable. Hole 16 plays over a creek into an elevated green, and the 18th plays 166 yards over a pond.

After the round, lounge in the historic clubhouse before heading to Tomatillos Cafe and Cantina for dinner, then try the popular Liberty Bar, a neat joint that leans so much you'll think it's about to collapse.

Getting there : From Broadway driving north, turn left on Mill Race Street, which leads directly to the course.

Brackenridge Park Golf Course
4 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews)
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Brackenridge Park GC: SandtrapBrackenridge Park #1: Flat-bottomed bunkers in the fairway and around the greens at Brackenridge Park Golf Course also feature grassy slopes

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: A. W. Tillinghast, John Colligan
  • Public/Private: Municipal
  • Year opened: 1916
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: TifSport Bermuda
  • Greens: Miniverde Ultradwarf Bermuda

Facilities

  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: Yes
  • Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Back 72 6243 126 70.3
Forward 72 5279 118 65.9
Middle 72 5807 122 67.9
Middle (W) 72 5807 137 74.3
Forward (W) 72 5279 126 71.1

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Brackenridge Park Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by PaulieDiGi
    on September 12th, 2011 20:03
    Brackenridge is a very fun and tricky golf course. Since the restoration in 2009, the conditions are excellent. Lots of history at this course.

    See my full video review of Brackenridge Park at GolfCourseClips.com
  • Brackenridge Park Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Lee
    on March 03rd, 2011 07:30
    Was very impressed witht he redo of this great old course. Course was in very good shape and the greens rolled really well.
  • Brackenridge Park Golf Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by EGiles
    on August 09th, 2010 09:45
    A fun course. It's in great shape as of Aug 2010. Not usually very crowded.
  • Brackenridge Park Golf Course
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Bud Driskill
    on June 19th, 2010 07:52
    Nice course near downtown. Tight fairways on front, opens a little more on back but not much more. Every time I've played seems they over water because it's always soggy. Greens are bumpy because of over-play. Some greens getting in bad shape. Overpriced for visitors but not a bad rate for Alamo City Golf Trail members.
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