Golf facilities continue to grow and improve
AUSTIN, Texas -- Even though the 2005-06 season has ended the new home of Texas Golf, The University of Texas Golf Club, has continued to expand and evolve.
"The Academy is now, with its continued improvements, reaching a point where it is one of the premier facilities in the country," said men’s golf head coach John Fields. "It showcases our program’s commitment to give our athletes the ability to improve every day."
"This building is one of the best in the country and will serve as a cornerstone of what we are trying to accomplish at Texas," said women’s golf head coach Susan Watkins. "We are continuing to make improvements to the facility and just grow into what has become something we are very proud of showing off."
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 11, 2005, the facility has continued to grow and expand. The walls and locker rooms are no longer bare, the offices are furnished and the academic lounge is fully stocked with new computers. The Longhorn style has been branded into the building in every facet imaginable, making it the “home” UT’s coaching staff envisioned it would be.
The 5,100-square-foot academy area includes locker rooms, team rooms, academic facilities, new staff offices 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 it’s own launch monitor viewing and recording system.
The V1 video equipment is state-of-the-art and is used by many touring pros, both on the men's and women's circuits. Five cameras can simultaneously track every movement of the golf swing and give instant feedback for improvement of a player’s mechanics with each session.
The $1.2-million project was financed by UT Athletics' fundraising activities, which includes pro-am tournaments, as well as other private gifts. The next pro-am is slated for this fall and will include many UT greats currently playing on the tours.