Bryan Golf Course Gets Once Over, Once Again

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

The Bryan city council will revisit a familiar issue Tuesday: the Municipal Golf Course. While no action will be taken on the discussion item, it is sure to attract interest as it did in 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, etc...

Bryan Muni, as it's called by golfers, is no stranger to council agendas. In 2005 the city was leaning toward closing the course at its present site, buying out Briarcrest Country Club, then converting it into the city's new public course. A vote by country club members derailed that plan.

The following year, the city considered relocating the course so it could sell the property to commercial developers. The idea behind it was the city owned a prime piece of real estate that wasn't generating any tax dollars. But after appraising the land, and the situation, the plan was never acted upon.

In 2007, the city looked like it was about to sink more than $2 million in improvements in the course to make it an attractive community asset. Again, studies were conducted and plans were discussed but the idea never got out of the tee box.

While there are no specifics to the latest rounds of talks about the golf course, those who use it have one main concern: having a place to play. "Bryan needs a golf course," said longtime golfer Jack Nelson. "If this is the only one they can develop at this time they need to keep this."

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