Texas Tech Breaks Ground on Rawls Course Clubhouse|
July 9, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University officials broke ground on the new Rawls Course clubhouse and team facility Saturday morning, launching the first step in the $3.7 million project that will further enhance already one of the top golf facilities in the nation.
The Clubhouse & Team Facility at The Rawls Course was made possible through private donations with construction beginning in the coming weeks.
"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.