For all the discussion around municipal courses being re-designed or renovated (i.e. Winter park, Goat Hill, Bobby Jones Muny, Jax Beach Golf Club), the next course to discuss is Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, TX.
Some of you might have heard of this course as there have been a couple Matt Ginella specials on GC Morning Drive featuring Ben Crenshaw explaining the current battle between the University of Texas and the City of Austin as to weather develop the course or extend the lease of the land to the city to keep the land as a green space and public golf course.
The lease to the city is up in May 2019 and at that point it’s up to either deep pockets from private donors who love this course just as much as Ben and I do, or to the City of Austin to cut a deal with the University of Texas to save the course. If dreams do come true and the course is saved, Coore & Crenshaw has committed to returning the course to the original routing and do a complete renovation of the course which should have every golfer chomping at the bit. To my knowledge there isn’t a public and very affordable Coore/Crenshaw course that’s at a city center which would make Lion’s an unbelievable option for great Texas golf.
The potential re-design has me fired up and I am very hopeful that it happens for everyone to enjoy a $30 Coore/Crenshaw course. After seeing the success of Goat Hill, Winter Park, etc., it leaves me hopeful that Lions will be able to pull through and this historic golf course will stay open. For golfers who are looking to make a trip down to the Lone Star State to play golf, I hope that you would add Lions to your list of stops as it might not be around to enjoy for that much longer.