Founded in 1899, Austin Country Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in the state of Texas. Fifty years after its formation, the club moved to Riverside Drive where it remained until finally settling at a 180-acre Davenport Ranch site in 1984.
Pete and Alice Dye were tasked with laying out the current course on land adjacent to Lake Austin and they routed the opening seven holes on largely flat terrain beside the water, with the remaining holes set out on hillier parts of the property.The elevation changes on holes 8 to 18 are severe – Deer Creek Canyon winds its way across holes 11 to 13 – leading to one commentator describing the back nine as “a wild ride, a golf version of a bucking bronco (and) not for the faint of heart or rickety of swing”.
The WGC Match Play Championship was hosted at Austin Country Club in 2016 after a lengthy stay at Dove Mountain and a once-only stop at TPC Harding Park in 2015, which Rory McIlroy won. Australia’s Jason Day beat defending champion Rory McIlroy in the semi-finals and went on to beat Louis Oosthuizen in the final to become the WGC Match Play champion for the second time in three years.