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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 70
Length 6892 yards
Slope 135
Rating 73.5

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Zoysia grass
Greens Zoysia grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ben Crenshaw (2001) Bill Coore (2001)

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar

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When playing private clubs in the Hill Country you can expect a few things: fancy houses, waterfalls, showy entrances ,cart-centric routings (some don't even allow pull carts!!!) and more bells and whistles. Pretty much every club has a residential component to it.

Austin GC is the antithesis. It personifies Ben Crenshaw's humble personality, and to another extent that of his legendary instructor Harvey Penick. The club is all class and is never trying to show off with excessive design or amenities.

There are more scenic and spectacular layouts like ACC, Summit Rock & Barton Creek. Austin GC is on a pretty tame piece of Hill Country land that makes it feel far more classic in nature. I haven't played Chicago GC but having played Arcadia South, this felt similar.

I'm curious why Crenshaw only wanted a par 70 here with two par 5s. They have plenty of land and No. 18 could have easily been made a risk-reward par 5. I won't second-guess the legend too hard though.

We played the course shortly after an aerifcation of the bent grass greens (I was told they do a small tine punching every six weeks in the summer). The greens rolled well but weren't as fast. I sensed the greens can be seriously good (and treacherous in the wrong spots) when rolling at full speed. This is an exclusive club so if an invite comes your way i'd jump on it.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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