Butler Pitch & Putt, a public golf course near Auditorium Shores in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, is debuting its new clubhouse featuring a menu from Olamaie chef and two-time James Beard Award finalist Michael Fojtasek. The clubhouse is located at 201 Lee Barton Drive and will open Friday, April 9.
The new menu includes many sandwiches from Olamaie’s casual biscuit shop Little Ola’s, like breakfast sandwiches, egg salad, fried chicken, chicken salad, and pimento cheese. There are also beef and vegetarian hot dogs, snacks like candy bars and chips, and desserts (cookies, rotating seasonal ice cream sandwiches) courtesy of pastry chef Jules Stoddart.
The park will now sell beer, spiked seltzer, and wine — although this means the park will no longer be BYOB. The clubhouse, with beer garden space, is open to the public.
Butler had been run by the Kinser family for over 70 years, but their renewal bid in 2019 was disqualified because of a paperwork error. Pecan Grove Partners, which includes Bart Knaggs, the CEO and partner at hospitality group New Waterloo (Il Brutto, South Congress Hotel, etc.), won the bid to take over the park. Fojtasek had also submitted an application (he is a Butler regular), and Knaggs and Fojtasek decided to work together on the gold course restaurant.
Currently, Olamaie and Little Ola’s are temporarily closed. Olamaie is reopening for indoor dining soon, while Little Ola’s is close to opening in its new home up north in Wells Branch.
Butler and its clubhouse are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The course is walk-ins only.