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.
|White (W)||71||5807 yards||74.3||137|
|Red (W)||71||5279 yards||71.1||126|
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|White M: 67.9/122 W: 74.3/137||340||187||495||345||359||355||361||169||469||3080||149||331||477||471||424||103||325||290||157||2727||5807|
|Gold M: 66.8/120||325||171||480||329||345||342||347||148||451||2938||139||320||464||453||404||90||312||278||145||2605||5543|
|Red M: 65.9/118 W: 71.1/126||310||156||465||314||331||330||333||128||433||2800||130||301||451||435||385||78||299||266||134||2479||5279|
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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
The history of the legends playing this course just gives you the ora of playing along the same fairways puts good golf in prospective as the small greens demand accurate approach shots love the dog legs classic old school
Great Experience, Great Value
From the moment you drive into the parking lot you feel the history of great golf! The golf course is always in great condition and the staff is very friendly! Brack is a must play for anyone visiting San Antonio. You will pay a little more than at other municipal courses but it is well worth it to experience this amazing course!
Great Experience, Great Value
Brackenridge Park is one of my all time favorite tracks. From the moment you drive in to the parking lot, you feel the history of great golf all around. Course conditions are always good and the staff is very friendly. Old Back is a must play for anyone visiting the Alamo City!
Old Brack is a fantastic piece of old golf charm. It’s a masterpiece of bunkering done by Tillinghast. Narrow in portions with the trees and bunkering but more than ample enough room is out there. All greens are raised with bunkers guarding all sides and fall offs. Long is dead and many times wrong angles are impossible to get close. The course is a muni, but it is the premier muni along the Alamo golf trail. No overseeding of fairways except 30/40 yards short and in. All Bermuda grass this time of the year was dormant. The course is definitely meant to be walked like a stroll in the park, but carts are welcome. No driving range or chipping area, but the practice green is very large and mimics greens on course. Greens are undulated with slopes more than average, but not as severe as other courses I’ve played. They rolled very true. 16 is the only odd hole on the course. I believe they ran out of real estate and the large tree is immediately in play for anyone trying to hit anything other than a 150 yard layup short of the creek. The front nine is truly memorable, and the collection of par 3s is some of the best I’ve seen throughout. Overall a definite play for anyone who enjoys old architectural gems.
Brackenridge Park had the charm of an early 1900s photo that has held the test of time. This is a beautiful golf course, that I would recommend to anyone in the area. Pace of play the day I played was unfortunately awful, I teed off at 1:30 and finished the first 9 around 4:30. But, I saw enough of the course to know it is definitely worth the play. Greens for December were excellent. Actually, the greens for any time of the year were excellent. Bunkers were all raked and looked fantastic. The course was dry despite the rain a few days prior. The golf cart laser rangefinder is a nice addition. It was decently at times. I would enjoy a GPS more to show distances to bunkers, etc. but it does help. No driving range on site, but the First Tee driving range is near. Just drive over there before coming to the course. The practice green was large and matched the speed of the greens on course perfectly. The course is not overly long, demands accuracy off the tee. The bunkers are extremely penal if you find yourself in them, but landing areas are fairly generous. Walking would be easily accomplished here due to the mostly flat terrain. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone who wants the old world charm of a stroll in the park knocking a ball around.
History and Charm
From the moment you pull into the parking lot, you can feel the history and charm of Brackenridge.
My fiancé and I were continually impressed by the course conditions given that this is a muni course. Although a short course, Brack is definitely challenging. The fairways are narrow and the bunkers are strategically located. It was also nice that the golf cart had a laser rangefinder!
The biggest con for us was the pace of play. We started exactly on time and as the group in front of us was finishing the first hole, but there were two groups stacked up by the time we got to hole 3. Not wanting to play a 5.5+ hour round, we skipped 7-9 and headed to 10 where it was wide open.
Besides for the pace of play and the lack of a driving range, I would highly reccomen Brack. But, we also got a 50% off GolfNow deal. $75 per person is steep.