April 11, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Being able to prepare for a wide variety of shots under 30 yards will become much easier for the UC Davis men's and women's golf teams thanks to a new short-game practice facility that will be constructed this spring at nearby El Macero Country Club.
The estimated $250,000 Aggie Golf Short-Game Training Center is a public-private partnership between UC Davis Athletics, El Macero Country Club and Troon Golf and is being funded by alumni and friends of the golf programs. Construction will begin later this month.
Once completed, it'll feature two putting greens with chipping, pitching and bunker areas that will incorporate every type of short-game shot. A wedge range with feed-back targets for longer wedge distances is also part of the project.
"Currently, when we practice we are very limited in our ability to get on a real green and hit chips and pitches because of the high traffic of golfers on the course," said Aggie men's coach Cy Williams. "This facility gives us a dedicated short-game area where we can go out and spend hours working on the shots that ultimately make the most difference in a round of golf."
The short-game facility will be designed, according to Williams, to recreate as many shots under 30 yards as possible, similar to the types of shots players are hitting in tournament situations.
"It will be a state-of-the-art training center that other courses and teams will want to emulate," Williams said.
Williams said the new training center adds to other great benefits for both the men's and women's teams.
"This facility is not only a tremendous tool for the development of our current student-athletes but is also an asset in recruiting great players to come and compete for UC Davis," said Aggie women's coach Anna Temple. "We're looking forward to the ground-breaking. It's a huge step in continuing the excellence of Aggie Golf
Bob Bullis, a member of the El Macero Board of Directors, also praised the facility.
"This facility is clearly a win-win for El Macero Country Club and the UC Davis golf programs," he said. "We share a goal to provide membership and collegiate golfers the best possible facilities that we can. This will enhance an already wonderful course."
El Macero Country Club will also be site of the El Macero Classic men's tournament later this month.
The Aggie teams are currently in the midst of their seasons and are eyeing Big West Championships and NCAA Championship berths in April and May.
ABOUT EL MACERO COUNTRY CLUB
El Macero Country Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club division of Troon Golf. Members at Troon Privé-managed Clubs enjoy reciprocal play at more than 30 private clubs around the world, as well as preferred rates at Troon Golf-managed daily fee and resort facilities. The Troon Privé portfolio includes such private clubs of distinction as BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Fieldstone in Greenville, Delaware; Silver Creek Valley in San Jose, California; St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; Settlers Run in Cranbourne South, Victoria, Australia and Bearwood Lakes in London, England.