Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 16, 2010

Regents approve golf practice facility schematic designs

The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the schematic design of a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s golf programs.

The $2.5 million, 10,000-gross-square-foot facility, designed by Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative, will be funded by athletic resources and gifts. The new building, set off of South Main Street on the west side of the U-M Golf Course driving range, will provide space for functional training, meeting and practice for golf teams.

  This is an artist's rendering of the new golf practice facility.

Men’s golf coach Andrew Sapp says the decision to build the new facility will help the university have one of the finest facilities in the country.

“We are thrilled the university, athletic department and our golf supporters have been able to make this facility a reality,” Sapp said. “This facility will be an incredible asset for our players as we prepare each winter for the spring season. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful golf course right on campus.”

Women’s golf coach Cheryl Stacy was equally appreciative of the new facility.

“We are very excited to have this project under way and are appreciative to all those involved in helping it move forward,” Stacy said. “This facility will enhance our program’s ability to practice during the winter months, providing an environment for our players to continually work on their technique. It has been an enjoyable experience working with the designers and seeing this project from the ground up and we are looking forward to its completion.”

The golf practice facility will provide for year-round practice with a putting and chipping area and driving bays to utilize the existing driving range. The facility also will provide a team gathering space, coaching staff offices, locker rooms, conference room and storage.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in summer 2011.