About Harvey Penick
Harvey Penick is one of the most iconic figures in Austin golf history. A gifted instructor and a gentle soul, Harvey Penick touched the lives of hundreds of players of all skill levels during his long tenure as a teaching professional. He also coached many Hall of Fame players include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls and Kathy Whitworth.
His storied career began at the age of eight, when he became a caddy at the Austin Country Club in 1913. He went on to become the club’s assistant pro by age 13 and the head professional by age 18. Penick went on to occupy the post of Head Pro at ACC for 50 years, during this time he also served as the golf coach at the University of Texas from 1931 – 1963.
Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, published in 1992, is the best-selling golf instruction book of all time. Co-authored by Bud Shrake, it is a must read for new players and seasoned pros alike – full of anecdotes and easy to understand insights amassed from Harvey’s lifetime of golf instruction.
Some of his insights are printed on signs around the facility including his iconic advice to “Take Dead Aim” and the quote that best encompasses his inviting spirit, “If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Penick family, First Tee — Greater Austin was granted the ability to name its facility after Harvey. Harvey’s persona perfectly fits what First Tee — Greater Austin program stands for: mentorship, life lessons through golf, friendship and much, much more.