It wasn’t long ago that Bryan/College Station was sorely lacking stellar golf options. “Aggieland” and the surrounding community were growing at a rapid pace, but the golf scene in the Brazos Valley remained woefully stagnant.

That golf dynamic changed in 2004 when Traditions Club and Community opened just minutes from the Texas A&M campus. The club not only introduced championship golf to the area, it also turned the Aggie golf programs into national title-winning powerhouses.

Traditions Club boasts a Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II layout with tree-lined fairways and hazards sprinkled in all the popular spots to keep golfers honest off the tee. The putting surfaces are of good size, but the subtle undulations – plus natural creeks and cavernous bunkers – make precision on approaches the key to scoring well. From the back (maroon) tees at 7,146 yards, the course is as formidable as the football team’s offensive line.

The layout battled-tested the Aggie men’s team en route to a 2009 national title. In 2011, the club was the site of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf National Championship, and over the next three years Traditions Club will be the site of two NCAA Division I golf regionals and other top-level junior and amateur events.

The Nicklaus’ knew they had to challenge the flatbellies, yet they also knew members play here 99.9 percent of the time. Numerous sets of tees allow the course to be a fair test for members, and the rolling terrain found here – especially at the par-4 finisher – make a round here a treasured treat.

Traditions Club clubhouse

The Traditions Club features a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse that includes a wine cellar and first-class dining options.

Traditions Club also has the creature comforts one could want from a private club – worthy practice facilities that include a mobile canopy on the range for those hot summer days, a resort-style swimming complex and a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse that offers locker rooms, a wine cellar and superb dining options. How superb? The Aggie football team meets here for dinner the night before a home game.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin not only comes here to feast before preparing a game plan against the likes of Alabama or Auburn, he also likes to kick his feet back here as a member. So is former President George H.W. Bush, legendary NFL referee “Red” Cashion and former A&M head football coach R.C. Slocum.

Although the club is private, traveling golfers can play the course and even rub elbows with luminaries – and it doesn’t involve bellowing out the Aggie War Hymn. Traditions Club offers cottages and casitas for overnight accommodations that are comfy, chockfull of amenities and best of all – walking distance from all the club’s landmarks.

Maroon dominates the landscape at Traditions Club, but even those who favor burnt orange or purple and gold will truly enjoy the experience here.

This year, put it on your golf schedule to visit, or revisit, Bryan/College Station and Traditions Club. Come over in the summer or during a gameday weekend and take it all in – the world-class golf, the inviting membership and stellar club amenities – that’s just a short drive from Aggieland and the burgeoning Bryan/College Station community.

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