Renovations to take place at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course


Renovations to take place at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A major renovation project is set to get underway at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course near Austin, Texas.

Originally designed by golf course architect Joe Finger, the Jimmy Clay course opened in 1974 and plays 6,918 yards. The course forms part of a 36-hole golf complex to the southeast of the city of Austin which is also the site of the Randolph Russell-designed Roy Kizer Golf Course. 

Kevin Gomillion, PGA Division Manager of the City of Austin Golf Division, confirmed to GCA that the renovations at Jimmy Clay would focus mainly on the course’s greens.

Gomillion also confirmed that the work would be completed by in-house golf division staff, many of whom have extensive golf course renovation experience and have been involved in similar projects over the past six years.

“The Jimmy Clay course suffered some recent flooding damage and has ongoing nematode damage to the greens,” Gomillion said. “The renovation will include coring out the greens and rebuilding each green according to USGA specifications. We will be making some minor changes to green surrounds and irrigation on four of the 18 greens.”

“We will be reshaping the driving range and replanting the teeing area as well,” he added. “The greens will be replanted with tifdwarf Bermuda, which is the same grass we have at four other City of Austin courses.”

The course will be closing on February 17 and is set to reopen in early August. The Roy Kizer Golf Course will remain open during this time.