AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Country Club is surrounded by several neighborhoods, but very few parking lots. With the biggest event the club has ever hosted in town this week, temporary signage now lines the streets to make sure neighborhoods do not become parking lots.
The World Golf Championships – Dell Match Play tournament will draw approximately 10,000 people a day over the five days at Austin Country Club. But parking will be a city wide effort as evidenced by directional signs placed as far away as 38th Street, a long way from the links.
Fans will be asked to park at the Toney Burger Center for $10 and board the charter bus shuttles that will run constantly throughout the day. Shuttles designated for the 1,200 volunteers will be picking up at Camp Mabry. They will drop-off at the entrance to the event below the Pennybacker Bridge.
Any attempt to park closer to the course could be futile. Neighbors like Jackie Clifton have been given stiff orders if they see people parking on their street.
“We were told to call 411 and tell them to send a tow truck,” Clifton said. She lives in the Deer Creek neighborhood where temporary “no parking” signs held down by sandbags have been placed all over. Residents have been given parking passes which designate them as a resident.
What parking is available at the course has been set aside for players and tournament officials. Those officials have urged fans to leave plenty of time and try to get to their shuttle early or utilize ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber.
The boat ramp below the bridge will be closed for launching boats, but fans planning to catch a boat ride to the tournament will be able to use the ramp for drop-off.