AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Country Club will host the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play starting in 2016, the PGA announced Thursday. The club said 92 percent of members voted to allow the event to be held at the course, which will be held there through 2019.
“I couldn’t be more excited and proud that my second home, Austin, Texas, is going to host the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at the great Austin Country Club,” said recent Masters champion and University of Texas standout Jordan Spieth. “I know that my peers — the Americans and the international players — are going to love the Austin feel, the crowds and Austin Country Club itself.”
Founded in 1899, Austin Country Club is one of the oldest existing clubs in the state. The course’s current location along Lake Austin was designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1984. The back-nine borders Lake Austin near the Pennybacker Bridge, while the rest of the course sits higher and resembles terrain found in the Hill Country.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for Austin Country Club and the city of Austin to host World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play,” said James Cahill, current Austin Country Club president. “The economic and charitable impact will benefit the community, as well as give great exposure to Austin as one of the best places to host world-wide events.”
Austin last hosted a regular Tour event from 2003-2009 on the Champions Tour. Austin was also the original site of the Legends of Golf from 1978-1994.
“We look forward to bringing the best 64 players in the world to Austin and a club that has such rich tradition at a course that will be a challenging, but fair test for the field,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Between the membership at Austin Country Club, the partnership we have with Dell and the excitement throughout the Austin community, we believe that this event will become one of the most popular stops on our schedule.”
Austin Country Club has hosted several University of Texas and junior golf tournaments through the years. The course is currently going through a planned restoration project that will last through the fall. The repairs were in the works before the decision was made to host the event.
NBC and Golf Channel will televise the event.