City Gets Involved After Students Watch Adult Entertainment Club Event at Texas Golf Course

The city of Austin is now investigating an incident at the Avery Ranch golf course where a local high school golf team says players saw “lewd behavior and scantily clad people.”

Austin City Councilor Mackenzie Kelly is taking action because she says there was a code violation, but the club that organized the tournament says it was supposed to be a private event they held annually.

“I was shocked and kind of upset,” Kelly said of her reaction to learning what happened in her district on Monday. “This is not something I would want any child to be exposed to based on the photos and evidence of the event that I have seen.”

Players from the Vista Ridge High School golf team reported to the Avery Ranch golf course for practice that afternoon; at the same time, Yellow Rose, an adult entertainment club, was hosting its annual golf tournament. The field had been rented by Yellow Rose, but the players were using the driving range.

Footage shared with FOX 7 Austin shows scantily clad women and a father told FOX 7 his son saw topless women driving a golf cart.

Photograph of people participating in an adult entertainment club event at the Avery Ranch golf course, which was taking place at the same time the Vista Ridge High School golf team arrived for practice.

In a letter to parents Tuesday, the golf coach said in part: “A very inappropriate situation occurred at Avery Ranch…Unfortunately, our golfers witnessed some lewd behavior. Coach Brown canceled practice immediately.”

They also said they spoke with golf course management, who said they were unaware inappropriate actions would occur and do not condone them.

However, Yellow Rose said in a Facebook post that they had received no reports of “lewd behavior” and that the women were wearing bikinis “not unlike what you’d see in Lake Travis on a summer weekend.”

The club also said it had been playing its annual charity golf tournament at Avery Ranch for the past four years and that any attempts by the golf course to “feign surprise [as] to the adult nature of the tournament is false.

“If anyone saw anything they found offensive, The Yellow Rose sincerely apologizes,” the club said. “This was supposed to be a private event.”

So was it just bad programming or an actual city code violation? Council member Kelly says the course broke the rules.

“This would have come under adult entertainment use, which is generally allowed in the city of Austin through CS1 zoning,” Kelly said. “However, Avery Ranch is in a utility district, so adult entertainment use is not permitted.”

Kelly said she’s having someone from the code department talk to course management. “Right now I’m just focused on making sure this doesn’t happen again,” she said.

FOX 7 Austin has contacted field management and has not received a response.

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