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AUSTIN COUNTRY CLUB

(a/k/a Riverside Golf Course)

Austin, Texas

1943

November 1-7      Maxwell visits Austin, Texas and “gave the thumbs up sign to a tract south of the Colorado Rover and outside of Austin’s southeast city limit” in the event Austin Country Club elects to move locations.  [“One Hundred Years of Champions and Change – The History of Austin Country Club”, Frances G. Trimble (1999), Pg. 113]  Editorial Note:  The site referenced above appears to be the final site chosen for the new Austin Country Club course.  However, subsequent newspaper articles indicate that a site for the new Austin Country Club course was not definitively decided until 1946 or 1947.  It is not clear whether the date given in the club history is incorrect or whether the Colorado River site chosen was one of the earlier sites considered by the club.

1945

December 13-15  Maxwell spends several days in Austin at invitation of Austin Country Club officials looking at proposed sits for a new golf course.  [Austin American, December 23, 1945]

 

1946

February 14          Per Austin Country Club officials, “We have been looking at a number of sites around Austin and have had Perry Maxwell of  Tulsa , one of the nation’s outstanding golf course architects down here to advise with us…We have several locations in prospect but haven’t picked a definitive site yet.”  [Austin American Statesman, February 14, 1946]

1947

January 24            Maxwell makes proposal to the board of Austin Country Club.  The board elects “to postpone approval of a course construction contract.”  [“One Hundred Years of Champions and Change – The History of Austin Country Club”, Frances G. Trimble (1999), Pg. 115]

 

February 18          Austin Country Club is in possession of a bid by Maxwell with respect to their proposed new golf course.  [Austin American-Statesman, March 6, 1947]

 

Early March         Maxwell returns to Austin “with additional propositions” for new Austin Country Club course and the board approves drawing up a contract with Maxwell.  [“One Hundred Years of Champions and Change – The History of Austin Country Club”, Frances G. Trimble (1999), Pg. 115]

 

March 6                 Austin Country Club officials announce that Maxwell will design the new golf course.  [Austin American-Statesman, March 6, 1947]

 

April 10                  Press Maxwell is in Austin and Perry Maxwell will arrive later in the week to break ground on construction of the new Austin Country Club course.  [Austin American-Statesman, April 10, 1947]

 

July 10                   New Austin Country Club course is “now under construction under the direction of Perry Maxwell” and “is expected to be in playing conditions within 18 months.”  [Austin American, July 11, 1947]

 

August 4-8            Maxwell on site at construction of Austin Country Club course.  [Austin American, August 10, 1947]

 

August 11-15        USGA agronomist Dr. Fred Grau of USGA visits with builders of Austin Country Club course to advise whether greens should be bent or bermuda grass.  [Austin American, August 10, 1947]

1948

Mid-April               New Austin Country Club layout is approved for play.  [“One Hundred Years of Champions and Change – The History of Austin Country Club”, Frances G. Trimble (1999), Pg. 116]

1949

February 25          Final grooming of Austin Country Club layout will start soon.  [Austin American, February 25, 1949]

June 1                    Members are expected to be able to start playing the new Austin Country Club course on June 1.  [Austin American, February 25, 1949]

AERIALS

September 28, 1952, USGS

May 26, 1966, USGS

MAPS AND DRAWINGS

Unknown Source

PHOTOS

May 21, 1952, Austin Statesman