Located 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio and its popular Riverwalk, Briggs Ranch was conceived at the turn of the 21st century and became the area’s first private golf facility built in 25 years. Opened in 2001 and designed by Tom Fazio, Briggs Ranch quickly established itself as one of the best courses in the Lone Star State. It was developed on rolling terrain where the Texas Hill Country and Coastal Plains begin to merge.
The layout is devoid of cedar trees and instead features stands of live oak, persimmon and mountain laurel. Fazio took advantage of slopes and washes that run throughout the 2,200-acre property. Fazio and his design team also elected to sod the entire course with Zeon Zoysia, a popular turfgrass with golfers because golf balls tend to sit up more.
Fazio designed plenty of gentle doglegs with strategically placed bunkers and elevated putting surfaces with challenging roll-off areas that require precise approach shots.
The 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the first national championship conducted at the club, but sectional qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur and the USGA Senior Amateur has been previously staged at Briggs Ranch, along with local U.S. Open qualifying.
Briggs Ranch also hosted the 2010 Texas State Team Championship and the 2008 Texas Grand Slam, which featured 1982 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite, 1992 U.S. Amateur champion Justin Leonard, 2001 U.S. Open runner-up Mark Brooks and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. The course also held a pro-am for the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.