Instructional Golf Center Under Contruction at Bucknell
Oct. 28, 2010
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell campus community, and in particular the Bison varsity golf programs, are set to gain a major boost from a brand new Instructional Golf Center. Ground was broken on the facility in September 2010, and the indoor space is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2011.
The Instructional Golf Center is a multi-purpose, indoor/outdoor facility that will be located adjacent to the current practice range, just across Smoketown Road from the 11th hole of the Bucknell Golf Club. The 5,600 square-foot building will house coaches’ offices and locker rooms for the Bison women’s and men’s teams, a video-equipped swing diagnostic area, indoor putting green and hitting bays, and a conference room.
Next to the building will be a 16,000-square-foot practice tee, a new 10,000-square-foot, two-tiered putting green and a 5,700-square-foot short-game practice green with bunkers. The outdoor portions of the Instructional Golf Center will be constructed by the spring, with a full growing season required before fully functional.
The Bison varsity golf teams will have full access to the facility, while Bucknell Golf Club members will have fee-for-use access outside the varsity playing seasons. The project has been completely supported by donors.
“This project has been a long time in the making, and it is a dream come true,” said Bucknell women’s golf coach Kevin Jamieson. “On behalf of the Bison golf programs, we thank every player, parent and friend that has paved the way for this project to become a reality. This facility will allow us to compete for some of the best players in the country that are looking for not only one of the best academic institutions, but one that can also offer wonderful practice facilities along with one of the nation’s best collegiate golf courses.”
“This wonderful new learning center is going to significantly enhance our ability to practice and prepare, both as a team and individually,” said Bucknell men’s golf coach Jim Cotner. “Today’s young players want to be able to work on their games all year round, and an indoor facility is essential to be able to attract top players to the Northeast. I also think the facility is going to play a big role in enhancing our team unity. It is going to provide us with a central location where our players can get together throughout the year.”