The most storied course in a city drenched in golf lore is making a comeback. Brackenridge Park Golf Course reopened this past October after a one-year facelift.
Conveniently located on the edge of downtown San Antonio, this 1916 A.W. Tillinghast design was remade by architect John Colligan and design associate Trey Kemp — with spectacular results. In its heyday from the twenties through the fifties, Brackenridge periodically played host to the PGA Tour’s Texas Open, and winners here included legends like Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. It was also at Brackenridge that Mike Souchak broke the Tour scoring record, firing a 27-under-par 257 in 1955.
Today, the 6,263-yard, par-71 layout won’t induce fear in most golfers, but it is still a joy to play. A slightly revised back nine routing skirts the San Antonio River, while ancient Tilly touches were brought back — like a half-dozen squarish greens and classic flat-bottom bunkers. This is one history lesson even the most disaffected student will enjoy.