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Golf Advisor shows BREC Course #1 & New USGA Rules

USGA and Royal Ancient are considering new rule changes.

You can visit  http://www.usga.org/rules-hub/rules-modernization/text/overview-of-the-rules-modernization-initiative.html and see the “new rules” begin tossed about by the USGA and RA.  We encourage golfers to get involved in the dialog with the USGA.

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What’s going on at Howell?

As part of the effort to create a new 10-year strategic plan for the park system, BREC commissioned the National Golf Foundation (NGF) in May 2014 to conduct a study of all seven courses as well as the administrative practices of the golf department. In December 2014, the NGF released its recommendations to improve the BREC golf operation including increasing the quality of maintenance, improving the physical condition of the courses and clubhouses and pursuing repurposing two courses. Click here to read the full NGF report.  

As a trusted public entity, BREC knew it needed to utilize the transform the Howell golf course land into something that the community would use and embrace.  BREC held public meetings throughout 2015 and developed a comprehensive plan to turn Howell Golf Course into an expanded Howell Community Park. In 2016, plans were set in motion to successfully transition the golf program to the new community park and plans were finalized, including contractors. BREC kept the course open until construction was ready to begin.

BREC Golf planned to close the course on Labor Day weekend with a big bang, including a tournament and play day. Unfortunately, due to the Flood of 2016, Howell Golf Course was damaged beyond immediate repair, and the decision was made to move forward with the groundbreaking for the expanded Howell Community Park. Ground will be broken Sept. 23, 2016 at 3 p.m. for the expanded community park. While we are sad to see Howell go, we know that this move is what is most desired and needed for the surrounding community. We are very excited about the plans approved by the public for the expanded and reimagined park. Those plans can be found by clicking here.

Staff, equipment and other resources from Howell will all be reallocated to other BREC courses, further increasing the quality play at BREC’s six remaining golf courses. If you have any questions about the Howell transition, please contact Mike Raby at mraby@brec.org. We look forward to continuing to serve you at our six wonderful courses.

Junior Golf Programs for Spring and Summer

Junior Golf Programs

Any Junior entering Drive Chip and Putt contest this Summer?  BREC will be conducting some training programs for any junior that enters.  Great way to prepare for the local qualifying… click> Drive Chip Putt Trainers Flyer PDF

The First Tee is a national program with over 200 facilities spread throughout the US and Globe.  BREC is proud to be in association with a local chapter known as The First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish.  The Chapter offers programming for boys and girls ages 7 to 17 interested in mastering the skills of golf is a challenging and rewarding venue. The approach is to enter the juniors into a process of learning and mastering golf skills coupled with life skills intrinsic to the game of golf. The objective is to create formidable golfers and quality citizens.  To accomplish this, juniors go through a step by step process of learning and doing; the intent is to make this an on-going experience for the term of their young lives leading to adulthood.  Since golf is a lifetime sport, preparing for it through a program like The First Tee makes sense.

The program is currently operated by BREC and managed by Henry Pointer (PGA and Life Skills Coach).   For more information see the attached PDF, First Tee PDF    Also visit their website at www.thefirstteeebrp.org .

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