Golf clubs have been swinging on Fairmount Hill for more than a century. The University's current 18-hole course began as the Crestview Country Club in the 1920s. In the 1960s, when Crestview decided to move to east Wichita and construct a new facility, The Municipal University of Wichita sought to purchase the land for future growth since neighborhood developments had enclosed its other three sides.
Glen Gardner, then director of finance, worked with the city to establish a Public Building Commission that could issue revenue bonds for the university to purchase land or construct buildings. The city pledged to retire the bonds from the future tax levy to support the new Wichita State University.
In 1968, WSU took over operation of the course and the clubhouse was opened as a private club, known first as "The Shocker Club" and then as "The University Club." An addition containing offices and meeting rooms for WSU's continuing education program was erected in 1974. The club was closed the 1990s and the outreach programs moved to the new Metropolitan Complex.
In 1994, the course was redesigned by golfing legend Arnold Palmer, and the management of the WSU course adopted the name "Braeburn" in recognition of the long tradition of golf on Fairmount Hill.