The City of Wichita Falls, Texas had operated this course since 1917, first as a nine hole course, later expanded to 18 holes. Jeffrey D. Brauer had renovated nine flooded greens in 1984, among his first independent projects, but little else had changed on the golf course.
In 2008, the City of Wichita Falls, Texas brought Brauer back to completely revamp its golf course. Nearly all infrastructure – irrigation, drainage, cart paths, turf – needed replacement. Adjacent to a major creek, occasional flooding was expected, but due to poor surface drainage, the course was closed nearly 30 days annually. With poor irrigation, the course was either too wet or too dry. Poor cart paths made it difficult and uncomfortable for golfers to get around.
Rather than simply fix infrastructure to improve operations, it would only cost 20-30% more to redesign the entire course to rebrand its image, and make it more attractive in the marketplace.
They substantially invested in the golf course, which transformed the old amateur design to a modern and appealing course for public golfers at affordable rates.
Substantial re-routing was feasible, since the irrigation was to be replaced, and tree cover was minimal. With several completely new holes, and others extended this formerly short course to a championship yardage 7,200 yards, with five large tees to accommodate all golfers.
We added a driving range, near both the clubhouse and parking lot for convenience, to attract off the street range business. The clubhouse interior received “paint and paper” upgrades for a more modern look.
On generally flat ground, Brauer could create several holes from his imagination. Some unique holes include renditions of the famous Biarritz, Redan and Road Hole greens from past eras. Original greens with unique designs to the region dot the course, including one called the “toilet seat green” which wraps a U shaped green around a sand bunker, and the 16th, which is partially blind depending on approach angle. Most are gracefully set in the existing topography and landscape.