Owned & operated by Woody Austin
designed by Tom Weiskopf / Jay Morrish
Willowbend Golf Club is a private golf club located in Wichita, Kansas and is currently owned and operated by 7-time PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions winner Woody Austin and his wife Shannon. The Austins purchased the club outright in 2013 and have been committed to making continual improvements to clubhouse, course and member services offered.
Founded and constructed in 1986 and opened for play in 1987, Willowbend Golf Club and the surrounding Willowbend residential development was the vision of Mr. George Ablah. Originally designed with numerous pieces of art adorning the clubhouse, tees and fairways, the course has stood the test of time and has cemented itself as a pillar in northeast Wichita. Today, three statues continue to stand proudly on the property, along with two large water features and many areas of stacked limestone adorn the lakes that surround the golf course, all making for picturesque scenes.
The course boasts nine options of tees to play from and year after year is proudly considered to have some of the best putting greens in the region. All of the holes located on the front nine are located east of Rock Road and the back nine holes are located west of Rock Road. As the holes meander through the housing development, they also wind around a series of ponds and creeks. These water hazards, combined with the more than 75 sand bunkers, make Willowbend Golf Club a formidable test for any golfer.
The practice area is extremely large and the two-ended driving range has 5 teeing areas and enough stations for more than 40 people to hit at one time. With nine targets to aim at, and a semi-circular teeing area, you can practice with just about any wind at any time. The practice putting green is monstrous and makes for wonderful practice and a fantastic view in setting sun. A chipping green complimented with two bunkers and an indoor practice building complete the practice area.
The Willowbend Golf Club clubhouse is a very open and inviting space with a full line pro shop, a restaurant and bar affectionately known as the Willowbend Cafe, Men's and Laidies' locker rooms, meeting and lounge space. A great place to watch the big game, enjoy a drink with friends or host a tournament or small family get together, the Willowbend clubhouse is very versatile.
Willowbend Golf Club is also the only Wichita private club with a private cart storage facility with individual access. This separate building allows our members to own and store their personal, private golf cart for a monthly fee.