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October 26th, 2011
Breaking news: Texas State withdraws golf course proposal



A new design by the Texas Department of Transportation for a proposed railroad overpass on Aquarena Springs Drive means the Texas State University Golf Course layout will not need to change and, therefore, plans to develop two new golf holes have been eliminated. Plans for additional parking, a driving range and the pro shop have been deferred pending further study.

HDR Engineering, Texas Department of Transportation and the City of San Marcos recently released the new design to university officials. The new design saves 118 parking places in the Strahan Coliseum parking lot fronting Aquarena Springs Drive and no longer encroaches on the eighth and ninth holes of the University Golf Course.

“We believe the redesigned plan for the overpass is in the best interest of the university and the local community,” said Denise Trauth, Texas State president.

As a result of the revised design for the overpass, the University is modifying its Campus Master Plan Update that goes to the Board of Regents in November. Two new golf holes, a new golf course pro shop, and additional parking for the proposed new pro shop are being deleted from the Campus Master Plan Update. An addendum to the Update may be submitted to the Regents after final plans for the railroad overpass are complete. No parking garage had been proposed for the Aquarena Center property.

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4 thoughts on “Breaking news: Texas State withdraws golf course proposal

  1. This is great! Somehow, I’d missed that the underlying reason for the original expansion plan was due to the overpass. Was this ever brought up before?

    I also hope this is the first step in convincing the University to make a formal committment to protect the property and the headwaters.

  2. Huh. Am I crazy, or are the eighth and ninth holes in the proposed expansion (which is now off the table) in EXACTLY the same property footprint that now exists? Where exactly did that original overpass plan encroach upon the golf course?

  3. I think its fairly obvious to most observers at this point that the overpass design had nothing to do with the golf course expansion. Its just one of these games that governments play with the rest of us. Exhibit 1: After the university announced the plans to for the “reconfigured” overpass, they promptly took down the schematics from their website and have declined to release them to this publication or any other.

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