Wednesday, August 15, 2007

UT Golf Club Renovations Near Completion

It sounds a little funny to say that a golf course that opened to rave reviews as recently as 2003 is "undergoing a renovation." But that's what's happening at the University of Texas Golf Club.

Cybergolf reports the UT Golf Club renovations "affect virtually every hole," and will add nearly 300 yards to its length, up to 7,412 yards.

The renovations to the course designed by Roy Bechtol and Randy Russell were prompted by comments from the University of Texas's bevy of touring professionals after the course hosted three pro-ams and the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship in 2005. The UT Golf Club has already been named as host for one of the 2008 women's NCAA regionals and it was just awarded an NCAA regional for the spring of 2009. Club officials are also in hot pursuit of hosting the 2012 NCAA Championships.

"Roy helped us gather the outstanding thoughts of minds of our heralded golf alumni, like Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Mark Brooks, Justin Leonard, Harrison Frazar and Omar Uresti," said Steve Termeer, the UT Golf Club's general manager and director of golf. "This was a great and challenging golf course before the renovations, but now we expect it to be even more so."


At Kite’s suggestion, the green on the par-4 13th was moved behind an expanded pond to capture the beauty and make the hole more challenging. He has also made several of the holes friendlier (especially on approach shots) and added to the par-4 finishing hole to make it even tougher. It will now play a whopping 525 yards from the back tees. That’s what you call a Texas-sized par-4, folks.

"The most significant renovations come on the stretch of holes from Nos. 5-8, which are generally regarded as our version of ’Amen Corner,’ and where the stroke average is very high," Termeer said. "The changes introduced on No. 5 were to level and expand the fairway, provide more layup space and add bunker right of green. On No. 6 we leveled and expanded the right side of fairway and captured a plateau of additional fairway to help the higher handicapper."

Read the full report.

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