Clubhouse And Team Facility Announced For The Rawls Course

The Clubhouse & Team Facility at The Rawls Course will give Texas Tech one of the finest collegiate golf venues in the country.

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May 9, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas - Established as one of the nation's top on-campus collegiate golf courses, The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University will soon be home to a new $3.7 million clubhouse and team facility that was announced today by university officials. The entire project is made possible through private donations and is completely funded.

The Clubhouse & Team Facility at The Rawls Course will begin with a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on July 9.

"The first time I went to The Rawls Course, I was amazed at how beautiful the course was and equally impressed at the challenge that it presents," said director of athletics Kirby Hocutt. "This new clubhouse and team facility will serve as the cornerstone for our fantastic golf course and will be something that the entire community can enjoy. We are grateful for the support of our donors who have made this possible."

The Rawls Course has earned rave reviews since its opening in September 2003 and most recently was named the fifth best public golf course in the state of Texas by Golfweek Magazine. That same publication also ranked The Rawls Course as the No. 4 university course in the nation.

"We have a total commitment to providing world-class facilities for our student-athletes, and that is evident when you take a look at The Rawls Course," remarked Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance. "With the addition of this clubhouse and team facility, our golf programs will have facilities that are second to none. We have great friends of Texas Tech who have been generous with their financial support - not only making this project a reality, but also contributing to our capital campaign Vision & Tradition."

The Clubhouse & Team Facility at The Rawls Course will be constructed on the site where the current temporary clubhouse has resided since the course's opening. The clubhouse and team facility will be separate units in order to provide complete privacy for the Texas Tech men's and women's golf teams that will occupy the team area.

"Without question, this is going to be one of the nicest collegiate facilities in the country," said men's head coach Greg Sands. "This will be a great recruiting tool for our program, but most importantly it will be an area that we can share with the entire university and our great fans and supporters."

The team facility will be accessed through a courtyard that will provide a garden setting and dramatic entrance into the new home of Texas Tech Golf. The history of both golf programs will be displayed proudly in a reception area that will greet visitors upon their entrance. Beyond the reception area will be a full conference room, complete with multimedia capabilities that will give both teams the ability to utilize the latest technological advances in golf instruction.

The team area will provide full locker rooms for both the men's and women's teams as wells as offices for both head coaches and assistants. This team area will have easy access to the short game area that is reserved solely for both golf teams and the No. 1 tee box.

"Adding a state-of-the-art clubhouse will be a nice finishing touch to what I already consider one of the premier college golf courses in the country," said women's head coach JoJo Robertson. "This will not only help us in recruiting, but it will also be a boost to our current roster as almost every one of our players will still have eligibility remaining when the project is completed."

The clubhouse will be the central gathering point for members and guests and will feature panoramic views of this beautiful golf course. Jerry's Grill, the popular restaurant at the course, will move into an expanded area that will include timber trusses as well as a fireplace and bar. The restaurant will also feature a halfway window, in order to provide food service to those making the turn at the No. 10 hole. A large veranda, with views of the course, will be available for meal service and will also include a fire pit for outdoor events.

A full-service Pro Shop will provide patrons the latest in Texas Tech Golf gear as well as clubs and accessories. The cart staging area will be near the No. 1 tee and in view of the Pro Shop. Locker room facilities will also be available for daily use by members and guests.

For membership information at The Rawls Course, log on to www.therawlscourse.com or call 806-742-4653.

Alumnus Jerry S. Rawls made it possible for Texas Tech Golf to have its own territory by donating $8.6 million toward the total cost of approximately $14-15 million, in 2001, and the course was then named for him. Completed in September 2003, the 270-acre parcel, located at the northernmost point of the campus proper, features an 18-hole championship-level course with a 60-acre driving range as well as pitching and chipping areas. The 7,100-yard golf course has very undulating fairways, beautiful bent grass greens and many deep bunkers. Dedicated facilities for both golf teams, including collegiate-exclusive pitching and chipping areas and an indoor facility with three hitting bays, one each for the men and the women, both featuring the best video technology possible.


  • The clubhouse is oriented to the northeast looking across the golf course with sweeping panoramic views of holes No. 1, No. 9, No. 10 and the entire course in the distance.
  • The fully furnished high-volume Jerry's Grill is expressed with heavy timber trusses and glazed walls providing full views to the golf course. Jerry's Grill contains a service bar with flat screen TV's for a sports bar atmosphere. Also included is a grand fireplace on the wall opposite the bar.
  • A veranda extending the full width of Jerry's Grill provides outdoor dining and relaxing for after golf camaraderie and enjoyment. Adjacent to the veranda is a fire pit location for late afternoon and evening relaxing around a fire with sweeping views of the golf course.
  • An outdoor halfway window with direct access to the kitchen is available to the golfer making the turn for quick food and beverage purchases.
  • The full-service pro shop has views to the course for visual control of the play areas, staff at the sales counter have complete visual access to cart staging, the No. 1 tee, ninth green, No. 10 tee and the Texas Tech short game area.
  • The locker rooms contain showers, dressing rooms and day lockers for guests needing to change before and after golf.


  • The courtyard and its garden setting provide an impressive entry sequence into the team building.
  • Immediately upon entering the building, a guest is greeted by a 16-foot high volume reception area expressed with timber trusses and views through a conference room to the team short game area. Display space/walls are available for team memorabilia and trophies.
  • The conference room provides a separate area for team meetings with full video capability.
  • The team locker rooms contain 14 large individual lockers for team members to store their gear and clubs. The locker rooms have direct access to the short game area and the exterior without having to use the main building entry.
  • Coaches and assistant coaches have their own individual offices along with a storage area for team gear.
  • The general site for the clubhouse and team facility contains an area intended for tents needed to host large events (Big 12 Championships, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships) and celebrations are hosted. The area has easy access to the service yard and kitchen for catering.




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