Tour the host golf course of the WGC-Dell Match Play Austin Country Club

The Pennybacker Bridge is a dramatic backdrop on many holes at Austin Country Club. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Famed teacher Harvey Penick is immortalized in this statue with pupil and ACC member Tom Kite near the first tee. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
A severe drop-off behind the first green is one of many Pete Dye features. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The 10th hole plays downhill from the fairway. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-3 11th hole is short but has plenty of water guarding the front. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-5 12th hole is the most dramatic tee shot on Austin Country Club's back nine. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The view from the tee at Austin Country Club's 12th hole. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-4 13th hole is potentially drivable but there is plenty of water to the left. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The 14th hole plays along Lake Austin from tee to green. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The 15th hole at ACC is a dogleg right. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Austin Country Club (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-3 17th hole at Austin Country Club. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The view from the fairway on the par-4 1st hole has an infinity backdrop. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
One of the tougher holes is the par-4 2nd hole at ACC. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-4 3rd hole requires a carry over water to the green. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Perhaps the most intimidating par 3 at ACC is the 4th. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Plenty of sand guards the par-3 7th hole. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The approach shot on the par-4 9th hole is an intimidating one. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)

AUSTIN, Texas -- There isn't a more coveted round of golf in Austin and perhaps all of central Texas as Austin Country Club, located on Lake Austin just west of downtown.

This is actually the third location for Austin Country Club which was established in 1899. The original site is now a short, 9-hole municipal named Hancock Golf Course (the other nine was lost to development in the 1960s). They moved to the east side to a course that is now known as Riverside Golf Course, an affordable daily-fee facility. In the early 1980s, they commissioned Pete Dye to build the course, which opened in 1984.

A.C.C. is most famous for Harvey Penick, the longtime head professional who was also the golf coach at the University of Texas and taught many of the state's finest players during his tenure, including Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. The world was introduced to Harvey in a big way with the publishing of the Little Red Book, which became one of the best-selling sports books of all time. And when Crenshaw won the 1995 Masters just days after his mentor's passing, it became one of the most emotional moments in the tournament's history.


When Dell Technologies decided to sponsor the WGC Match Play beginning with the 2016 event, the course received a thorough renovation that kept it closed for most of 2015. The nines were reversed for the Match Play, so that the players finish along the stunning shores of Lake Austin and with the Pennybacker Bridge as a background.

How coveted is Austin Country Club? The Dallas Morning News rates it the 19th best course in Texas. Golf Digest rates it No. 12 in the state in 2015-16.

You can read my review of the course, played weeks before the event, here.

Mar 16, 2017

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.

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