Twin Rivers & Bailey Golf Center
Beautiful Twin Rivers Golf Club, home to Baylor's golf programs, opened in November 2001 as Bear Ridge Golf Club and recently was sold. After undergoing a green's and bunker renovation project, the course is now known as Twin Rivers Golf Club. The course is built around the Villages at Twin Rivers, a 255-acre planned unit development in West Waco.
Designed by PGA Tour veteran Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, Twin Rivers runs along the ridges atop the Middle and South Bosque Rivers on hilly terrain with several stone-filled streams cutting between large oak trees. The course is one of the most varied in Texas, featuring dense wooded areas, open links, water and dramatic elevation changes of up to 50 feet.
A central feature to the course is the Bill and Roberta Bailey Golf Center, the clubhouse for Baylor's men's and women's golf teams. The center boasts a hill-country motif, with a wood and Austin stone exterior. It houses locker rooms for each team, space for team meetings and offices for the coaches. A highlight of the facility is an indoor practice area with state-of-the-art video equipment, available for analyzing the players' swings.
In a survey by Texas Golfer magazine, Twin Rivers Golf Club topped the list of the state's longest golf courses, measuring 7,478 yards from its "Big Jake" championship tees. Redstone Golf Club in Houston has since passed Twin Rivers in terms of yardage at 7,500. Redstone was also designed by Peter Jacobson and Jim Hardy.
Six sets of tees are available on every hole, from the shortest red tees at 5,157 yards, to the silver ones, which were given the "Big Jake" moniker. Even the black tees play at a championship length of 7,123.
Twin River's front nine is scenic, with many quality golf holes, but the back nine is even more striking with several picturesque views. The course's fairways are Tif Sport Bermuda and landing areas are often bordered by trees, water or sand. The greens consist of Eagle Bermuda.
A lake runs the entire length of the 12th hole on the left, and also cuts across the fairway in front of the green. The Bosque River runs along the left side of the 15th hole, with a ridge rising above on the right.
The golf course was featured in a February 2004 article in the Dallas Morning News, highlighting Texas' top collegiate golf facilities.
Directions To Twin Rivers & Bailey Golf Center
From The North: Drive south on Interstate 35. Take the Highway 6/Loop 340 exit and get on Highway 6 headed west (turn right). Turn left (south) on Highway 84, and the club will be a few miles down on the right just past the river and before you get to Speegleville Road.
From The South: drive north on Interstate 35. Take the Highway 6/Loop 360 exit and get on Highway 6 headed west (turn left and take the overpass above I-35). Turn left (south) on Highway 84, and the club will be a few miles down on the right just past the river and before you get to Speegleville Road.