University of Texas Facilities: UT Golf Club and Academy
The University of Texas Golf Club is located at Steiner Ranch in the Hill Country of northwest Austin, overlooking Lake Austin and is the new home of the Texas men's and women's golf teams. The UT Golf Club has a 7,412-yard, par 71 championship-caliber golf course created by Bechtol Russell Golf Design. Built in the Texas Hill Country, the course overlooks Lake Austin and borders the Balcones Natual Wildlife Preserve, offering challenging shots and views that rival the best in Austin.
UT Golf Academy
The 5,100-square-foot academy area includes locker rooms, team rooms, academic facilities and other service areas for the UT men's and women's varsity golf teams. The highlight of the building is the three all-weather hitting bays, each with its own launch monitor viewing and recording system.
The $1.2-million project is being financed by UT Athletics' fundraising activities, which includes pro-am tournaments, as well as other private gifts.
The UT Golf Academy is also surrounded by a vast short-game practice area that features five greens, three bunkers and wedge-only tee area.
Through the generosity of Joan Whitworth, both the men's and women's golf teams enjoy a chipping and pitching area that covers nearly one full acre. Golfers can work on three different chipping/pitching greens, and each green features its own bunker. Bermuda grass is the foundation for each green, but they are overseeded with different surfaces to help the Longhorns prepare for upcoming tournament conditions.
A fourth green -- a 7,500-square-foot bentgrass surface -- provides golfers with an expansive putting-only practice green.
The Pat Weis pitching area on the far west side of the driving range and adjacent to the UT Golf Academy was funded primarily through donations by women's golf letterwinners and other friends of Texas Men's and Women's Golf. Designed for shots 115 yards and shorter, the teeing area angles toward a new green devoted exclusively for short-game use.