Texas Golf Hall of Fame Nearly Complete

Following its grand opening in October, the new Texas Golf Hall Of Fame and Museum at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in downtown San Antonio is ready for the final phases. Now work begins adjacent to the Brackenridge clubhouse that will finish the main museum and a new outdoor pavilion, which will stage the Texas Golf Walk of Fame courtyard.

The main museum, to be housed in the historic Borglum Studio, is scheduled for completion in early 2011, while the rest of the project will debut next summer. Once completed, the Walk of Fame will lead visitors from the clubhouse through the pavilion to the main museum nearby.

"Everything has been warmly received," said Reid Meyers, executive director of the Texas Golf Hall Of Fame. "What most people are appreciating right now is that we are doing something to preserve all this history of Texas."

The initial phase of the project has been enjoyed by golfers and the general public, with the celebration culminating with 2010 induction ceremonies October 25 for nine new members of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

The Brackenridge clubhouse contains the Great Room, featuring Texas golf memorabilia, photo exhibits and documents that depict significant moments in Texas golf history.

In October, the Texas Golf Hall of Fame featured its first "guest exhibit," featuring the original Wannamaker Trophy from the PGA Championship, along with replicas of trophies awarded in golf's other three major championships - the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. Meyers said he hopes it will be the first of many guest displays at the museum.

Part of the Texas Golf Hall Of Fame renovation project includes landscape improvements in the surrounding neighborhood, which will feature specially designed monuments that lead to a new entrance to the course. Already, the park area has been redesigned to connect pathways between Brackenridge and the downtown district, which connects the Golf Hall of Fame to the famed Riverwalk.

"You can walk from downtown, along the river, through the park and in 15 or 20 minutes be at the Golf Hall Of Fame," Meyers notes. "That is something very unique for visitors to our city. You don't have to be a golfer to appreciate the history."

For more information, visit www.texasgolfhof.org.