While suffering from my New Year’s cold, I opened yesterday’s paper to bad news. According to the San Antonio Express News, Pecan Valley Golf Club is set to close this Sunday, January 8. Pecan Valley was the site of the 50th PGA Championship in 1968, won by Julius Boros. It also hosted the Texas Open in 1967, ’69, and ’70.
Pecan Valley is a beautiful and challenging old-style course. It has tight, tree-lined fairways with forced carries and doglegs that make you plan every shot. It has gone through several management changes over the years, but is currently managed by Foresight Golf, a locally based company that has always provided great course conditions and customer service whenever I’ve visited their courses.
Although I get to play there relatively seldom due to it’s distance from my house, Pecan Valley is one of my favorite courses in the area. I’ll be very sorry not to have it as an option. A local group is working to find a way to save the course, and I hope they are successful. I’ll miss the place.