Lions Municipal Golf Course has long been one of the City’s most popular courses. In 1924, the Lions Club opened Lions Municipal, the first public golf course in the city. The group leased part of UT’s Brackenridge Tract and converted the property into a nine-hole facility. The course was later expanded to 18 holes. The course retained the name “Lions Municipal” or “Muny” after the transfer of the lease to the city in 1936.
Lions has hosted many notable golfers, including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sandra Haynie, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. Lions also hosts Texas’ oldest amateur tournament, the Firecracker Open.
Lions was selected by the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and added to the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses. Lions is also listed on the Registration of National Historical Places by the National Park Service, recognized as one of the first courses in the South to desegregate prior to the Supreme Court decision in Brown V. Board of Education in 1954.
While “Muny” has changed over the years, it remains a quality test to Austin’s most loyal golf patrons.