27 Mar GolfPass Grass Guru – Austin Country Club
WGC Dell Technologies Match Play • Austin Country Club
Hole 15 • Par 4 • 440 yds
By Eric MacPherson
So long Florida, hello Texas. The Dell Technologies Match Play Championship is played at the beautiful Austin Country Club. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoy match play events. Mano-a-mano golf, is some of the best golf to watch. Trading punches on holes with aggressive golf shots that wouldn’t normally even be thought of in a stroke play match. The atmosphere is completely different. Take a look at the prime examples of the Ryder and President’s Cups. The match play portions of those tournaments are what put people in the stands. It’s a shame there aren’t more events on tour that utilize this format.
With that being said, let’s get to the meat of the matter. Austin Country Club is a beautiful club located on Lake Austin/ Colorado River. The five hole stretch along the water, ending with hole 15, is simply a work of art. The culmination is the large bunker separating the 15th and 14th (5th and 6th). Here, once again, we see the Pete Dye signature of long snaking bunkers. The sand in the bunkers is actual sand opposed to the stark white crushed stone, of courses past, which plays right in to the Texas aesthetic. The muted colors of the sand, the browning grass, the surrounding water, and the iconic Pennybacker Bridge in the background are the makings of a perfect instagram representing Texas golf. This is a golf course you can set your watch to, it’s the match play that takes it over the edge. Take a break from the March Madness and all your losing bets to watch some very fun golf, played on a very fun course.
On a side note, I’m sure if this bunker ever floods its a real treat to shovel out. Nose goes. Remember, proper bunker raking is an art form – seriously I once had to give a class on it, but that’s another story for another time.
Cover Photo: Keyur Khamar / pgatour.com
Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at email@example.com.