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Austin Country Club welcomes new culinary team

Austin, Minn. (February 8, 2021) – Austin Country Club in Austin, Minnesota recently welcomed a new culinary team, naming Sean Williamson as Executive Chef and Matthew Hunt as Chef de Cuisine. Williamson and Hunt share a passion and energy for culinary operations as well as a creativeness for new menu items and specials. 

Williamson has 10-plus years of culinary experience. Prior to arriving at Austin Country Club, he served as the Banquet Chef at Terravita Golf & Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Prior to Terravita, Williamson worked at the Waldorf Astoria Arizona Biltmore Resort as a Sous Chef as well at a small niche restaurant in Chandler, Ariz. as the Chef de Cuisine.  Chef Williamson is originally from Massachusetts, but has spent the last 25 years residing in Arizona. He has his wife Alyssa recently relocated to Austin.

Austin Country Club — Sean Williamson / Matthew Hunt

Chef de Cuisine Matthew Hunt is a native of Crown Point, Indiana and graduated from International Art of Institute in Tampa, Fla. in 2012. Throughout his eight plus years in hospitality and culinary management, Hunt has had the privilege of traveling and experiencing various local cuisines throughout the country. He has worked in culinary operations at the Grand  Hyatt  Tampa  Bay,  Hyatt  Regency  Chicago,  Royal  Palms Scottsdale  Arizona,    Hyatt  Regency  Savannah  Georgia,  and the Hyatt  Regency  Hill  Country Resort  &  Country  Club in San Antonio, Texas.  Hunt, his wife Arlene and two children recently moved to the Austin area.

“We are thrilled to have Chefs Williamson and Hunt lead our culinary team here at Austin Country Club,” said William Budion, CCM, General Manager, Austin Country Club.  “Their creative talent and ability to deliver outstanding dining experiences will be a delight for our members. We are excited for the new dishes, ideas and perspectives that these two bring to our membership and team, it will be enjoyable for all of us.”

Austin Country Club’s food and beverage operations include a bar and grill, as well as meeting rooms and a spacious banquet facility that can accommodate functions up to 285 guests. The Club will soon begin a clubhouse renovation project and have a new pool experience in May of 2021. Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, oversees Austin Country Club’s golf and club operations, including food & beverage, golf course agronomy and club/membership marketing.

For more information on Austin Country Club, visit or call (507)437-7631.

About Austin Country Club
Located in the northeast corner of Austin, Austin Country Club was founded in 1919 and is home to an 18-hole golf course originally designed by Willie Livie and Robert Carlson. The par 72, 6,520-yard course plays through towering pine and oak trees, while Dobbins Creek snakes its way through the property. Additional golf offerings include a driving range and an indoor  hitting bay, as well as a full-service pro shop with the latest clothing and equipment offerings. Austin Country Club also features a full suite of country club amenities, including a new pool complex (Spring 2021) with food & beverage service, lighted tennis and pickle ball courts, locker room facilities and sauna. 

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 620-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai; Champion Hills in Hendersonville, North Carolina; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For additional news and information, visit

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