CSU Plans University Avenue Golf Studio, Driving Range

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University is planning to build a new golf studio and driving range on University Avenue with input from former Masters champion Larry Mize.

The studio and practice facility will be the new home for Columbus State’s golf teams.

CSU Foundation Properties, Inc. recently bought the Boutwell Clinic and its parking lot at 3434 University Ave., which fronts 11 acres of land Foundation Properties already owned. That 11-acre plot is long and narrow, the perfect shape for a driving range. By buying the vacant Boutwell Clinic building, the university is now seeking funds to convert the clinic into a clubhouse and offices, using the adjacent 11 acres for a driving range, putting and short-game areas.

This acquisition is significant on several levels. Currently, CSU’s men’s and women’s golf teams and students enrolled in golf classes must drive to practices and classes at Bull Creek Golf Course — almost eight miles from main campus. The proposed golf studio will be within walking distance of main campus to serve the athletic teams and CSU student classes.

Cost of the entire project should be about $1.75 million.

"This will be a great addition to our campus," CSU Athletic Director Jay Sparks said. "We have the opportunity for the clubhouse to be right there on University Avenue. It will be so well seen by traffic on University Avenue. It will promote CSU athletics and our golf program, which has a rich history of success."

The increased visibility is not lost on Mark Immelman, CSU’s men’s golf coach.

"For me, this is exciting to have a state-of-the-art facility for both teams and students," Immelman said. "For us to put together one of the better practice areas — something that no other university in the country has — is great. It will be a fantastic recruiting tool that will enable us to attract blue-chip prospects to Columbus State."

To ensure every shot, every angle and every blade of grass and piece of dirt is used efficiently, Columbus native and 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize is helping design the proposed golf studio.

Ideally, CSU wants to have timber cut and the property graded in time for the studio to have a full growing season before a projected opening in spring 2014.

For more information, contact Sparks at 706-565-3669 or by email at Sparks_Jay@ColumbusState.edu

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