A CITY PARK WITH A STORY
A nine-hole golf course with a downtown view. Built more than 70 years ago, the Butler Park Pitch and Putt has served Austinites for over six decades. The cherished park sits on 7 acres of parkland at the center of Austin's Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake. We hope you enjoy this gem as much as the generations of Austinites that came before us.
AN AUSTIN ORIGINAL
The golf course began as a dream by locals Douglas and Winston Kinser in 1948. They wanted to design and build a usable green space for the citizens of Austin. The two men built and opened the golf course one hole at a time. The official opening came two years later, on June 1, 1950. The pair ran the golf course together until Douglas' untimely death in 1951. Winston continued to manage the course for another 52 years until he passed away just months after its 50th anniversary. A journal entry of Winstons from 1926, at age 13, describes the feeling of just having won a golf tournament in San Antonio. A feeling so inspiring to 13 year old Winston, that he pledged he would make a career in the golf world. A dream he made come true through the Pitch and Putt.
PGGP is a group of people that love parks, hospitality and golf, and who's handicaps range from 4 to 24. Together, we are committed to preserving and enhancing the historic character of this special place. We are local residents and business owners. We love this town. Several of us have multigenerational ties, have lived in Austin our whole lives and grew up playing golf at the Pitch and Putt. Our goal is to make it fun, make it current, make it multi-functional, make sure more people use it, like it, and enjoy their time in one of our great public assets.