The BWD Tournament Hole of the Week: March 22 – 26, 2017. The 12th at Austin Country Club, Home of WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Tournament: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play – Austin Country Club, Austin, TX
Hole: 12th – Par 5, 535 Yards
Architect(s): Pete Dye – 1984

Architectural Summary:
The 12th hole at Austin Country Club is a short, downhill par 5 that offers a true risk-reward test for competitors. Playing down to Lake Austin and the iconic Pennybacker Bridge, the hole, which typically plays as the third hole for member play, measures 535 yards and will require a strong, accurate drive from the elevated tee. Strategic and deep bunkering lines the right side of the split fairway, while the lake spans the second half of the fairway to the left. From the tee, longer players will look to reach the second half of the split fairway, which starts around 358 yards, an achievable goal due to the downhill nature of the hole. Playing to the right side of the fairway will allow competitors to achieve the best angle into the green and minimize the impacts of the lake on the second shot. Depending upon their tee shot, many players will go for the green in two where an accurate second shot will be required to find the deep, narrow green. Competitors playing from the first half of the split fairway will likely layup to the right side of the fairway to their preferred wedge distance. On the approach shot, players will look to navigate between the four pot bunkers protecting the right side of the green and the lake left which guards the left and rear of the green. The green measures 42 yards deep by 19 yards at the widest point. Significant movement can be found through the green. The front of the green slopes away from the fairway, towards the lake, which will lead to difficult front pin placements for competitors.

Fun Facts:

  • The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is the only PGA Tour tournament aside from the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup (both team events) that utilizes a match play scoring system.
  • The nines have been reversed for the match play event. The 12th hole, which is located in the “lowland” area of the course along Lake Austin, is typically played as the 3rd hole.
  • Founded in 1899, Austin Country Club is the oldest organized golf club in Texas. The club has had three different locations in its 118 year existence.
  • Austin CC features two differing aesthetics on the front and back nines, but overall when designing the course Pete Dye drew inspiration from many Scottish links courses which explains the features like the deep pot bunkers found throughout the course and the complexity of the greens.