The History of The Cascades

Club Management & Ownership

Managed by Austin-based Touchstone Golf Services on behalf of the Dallas-based ownership, Cascades embodies all that is special to the values and culture of East Texas.  With an extraordinary club-focus on facilitating a vibrant and involved membership, Cascades is unique in many of today’s club’s.  The club and members work closely together to identify and create the best possible environment and club experience on behalf of the membership.  Open communication and dialogue is regular and encouraged.

No assessments...an extraordinary benefit...as the club is privately-owned, members need never worry about assessments.

Welcome to Cascades...unique, different, special!

Course History

The History of The Cascades

Nestled within 300 acres of pristine rolling terrain adjacent to Lake Bellwood, The Cascades originally opened as Briarwood Country Club in 1956.  It was designed and constructed by a large group of World War II veterans, including James Broussard, who envisioned a serene oasis for golf and relaxation with their families.

True to its roots, Broussard and many other original members still enjoy membership in the club alongside their children and grandchildren – creating a unique, multi-generational, and very active membership who take great pride in the club.  The club quickly enjoyed recognition as one of the best courses in East Texas, as well as an outstanding venue for local and regional golf competition.

The club experienced a renaissance in the late ‘90s, when the talent of PGA Tour Player Mark Hayes was enlisted in a multi-million dollar restoration designed to fully realize it’s potential, while maintaining the integrity, character and mystique of the original course.  The result is a magnificent par-71, 7,142-yard championship layout, opened in 2002, that fits seamlessly into the surrounding terrain.  

Thick stands of ancient oak and pine trees frame rolling fairways creating both strategic diversity and an exhilarating test of golf for players of all abilities.  In homage to its reverence for nature, the club was renamed The Cascades to capture the essence of the stunning Lake Bellwood and the numerous springs, waterfalls and streams.