Friday, September 15, 2006

McLean Opens Fort Worth Facility

Jim McLean, one of the most famous golf instructors in the world and the 1994 PGA Teacher of the Year, has opened his latest training facility in Fort Worth.

The Jim McLean Golf Center at Waterchase is a 48-acre facility abutting the Links at Waterchase golf club. The facility includes a fully lit practice range, with seven target greens; a short game area 11,000 sqare feet in size that includes a bentgrass putting green as well as a three-tiered practice bunker; and the Legends Scoring Nine, a short course designed in conjunction with the Tom Fazio Golf Course Design Team.

The Legends Scoring Nine sounds like a very different sort of short course, however. This is how it's described on the facility Web site:

The Fazio team and Jim McLean created a highly imaginative design for this unique practice facility. Although there are nine par-3s measuring 1,478 yards, the idea was not to build a par-3 golf course. The idea was a true practice course. Jim and Tom Fazio talked at length about intersecting holes, back and forth fairways and a central practice fairway. They created four basic driving zones separated by water hazards or mounding. This allows on-course playing lessons that include drivers being hit in different directions to very different fairway designs. The student will face almost any situation. From the central practice fairway iron shots can be played to 7 different greens. In the 22.5 acres, Fazio and McLean designed a practice dream for any golfer wanting real-life situations.

The Jim McLean Golf Center at Waterchase also boasts an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse with a full restaurant; a fully furnished fitness center; mental golf experts; and specialized club fitting.

McLean says:

I am very exited to have a school in Texas since I have so many fond memories of my years at the University of Houston. One of my very best friends, Bruce Lietzke, lives in Dallas. My all-time favorite mentor, Jackie Burke, is a Ft. Worth native. I will be at Waterchase often as my son is attending TCU and is playing on the golf team this year as a freshman.

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