Course was in good winter conditions but it played very slowly. Like the layout of the course with short but challenging holes.
December 31, 2014
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.
August 15, 2014
I was lucky enough to play just after the Jr. Amateur Tournament and the course was in excellent shape; greens were rolling excellently.
July 4, 2014
In the heart of San ntonio
The whole courses was outstanding, green rolled true and fairways were perfect.
May 31, 2014
Great Bermuda Greens
I was pleasantly surprised with the condition of the course. The recent rains have helped as the course had lush fairways and closely mowed, fairly fast Bermuda greens. The only complaints I would have is numerous unrepaired ball marks on the par 3's and no beverage cart on a Friday. The course experience provided exactly was I was looking for-a pleasant afternoon of golf on a well groomed course!
May 25, 2014
First time at Brack
Overall surpassed my expectations. It is a fun golf course to play, just keep it in the fairway. A good mix of holes, especially from the front nine to the back nine. Course conditions were excellent for the price of the green fee. I wouldn't expect more without being at a private club or high priced public facility. Overall, a really fun afternoon and the nostalgia of the clubhouse and historical pieces only add to the charm.
May 20, 2014
Nice course for a municipal course, but it is tight! Would play again. Greens were good.
May 17, 2014
Somewhere In Time
What a step back in time. This old track is magnificent. You just can't beat the old school charm of this classic golf course. When was the last time you saw square greens? I'm told that's the way it was in the 1920's when this course was built. Every hole is very fair...no trick shots required...well except for #16 (I think) where a large tree in the middle of the fairway right in front of the tee box makes you scratch your head. Do you go over, under or around? Yes this is a muni, but, "It jest don't get no better 'n dis." Go play Old Brack. You won't regret it.
May 5, 2014