The redesign work from Tripp Davis, ASGCA (Tripp Davis and Associates Golf Architecture), work at BraeBurn Country Club in Houston heads into the home stretch, with a planned reopening of the front nine in December.
While keeping the same basic routing of the course, Davis and his team have rebuilt and reshaped all the greens, rebuilt and shifted tees, rebuilt bunkers in a more classic style while making better use of the elevation. New Northbridge Bermuda grass was installed along with a new irrigation system and upgraded drainage.
“BraeBurn has been an exciting project for us in taking a piece of ground with so much potential, and then realizing that potential,” said Davis. “We rebuilt almost every part of the course to try to give it a feel of being from that early American era – the Golden Age of architecture. Working with the entire club, superintendents Terry Gill and Aaron Engelhard, golf course builder Greenscape Methods, and irrigation contractor Heritage Links has been a great experience and everyone was very focused on long-term quality through all the challenges this year has presented.”
Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, BraeBurn Country Club has a rich history. The course was originally designed by John Bredemus in 1931 and was extensively reworked in 1991 to address flooding issues. It was the 1991 project that was able to add some significant elevation changes to the course, which is a unique feature in the Houston area.