WICHITA, Kan. -

Braeburn Golf Course at Wichita State University will see its last public tee off at the end of October and close  Nov. 3.

The university said it is closing the golf course to make way for a new innovation campus. 

The size of the course will be reduced, but will still remain a practice facility for the university's men's and women's golf teams.

WSU purchased Braeburn in 1967 to provide expansion space for the university.

Vicki Smith, Business Women's Golf League member, has played nine holes of golf at the course most Tuesdays for five years. She said she has heard the rumors about the course closing for some time. 

"The city itself has talked in the past about closing one or more of the public courses as well," she said. "And I have no doubt that's probably still on the agenda."

Braeburn has also been the home for several tournaments for local organizations. Abdul Arif, Mayflower Clinic, said he will be sorry to see the course close.

"Usually we came out ahead, way ahead, when we do it at Braeburn as opposed to Crestview or Wichita Country Club.  They're much more expensive."

The Mayflower Clinic's 4th annual Puttin' for the Patients tournament at Braeburn on September 5th may be the last charity tournament held on the course.

"We'll find another place just like that hopefully in the near future," he said.

History of land used as golf course

1921: Crestview Country Club chartered June, 26, 1921. S.L. Conine farm leased for three years with 10-year renewal clause and purchase option. Only the first nine holes ready on Aug. 12, 1921 when golf course opened for play.

1922: Crestview Country Club formally opened as an 18-hole course with clubhouse on May 10, 1922.

1924: Clubhouse destroyed by fire, May 15, 1924. New "Spanish type" clubhouse completed by October.

1966: Crestview purchased site east of Wichita for new golf course and clubhouse complex. Negotiations begin for sale of present property for use by WSU.

1967: WSU Trustees offered to buy 150 acres of Crestview Country Club on Feb. 26, 1967.

1967: Wichita Public Building Commission voted on May 19, 1967 to help WSU purchase Crestview property with bonds.

1969: WSU took possession of golf course and clubhouse facilities Sept. 1, 1969.

1993: WSU Golf Course was renamed Braeburn.

2001: Eighteen-month overhaul of golf course completed and reopened late July.