Work is due to start this month on a new £100,000 short game practice golf area in Exeter.
The course, at the Sports Park on the university’s Streatham campus, will be masterminded by the same firm that has produced practice courses for top golfer such as Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher and Miguel Angel Jiminez.
Making use of the vacant space behind the University’s covered tennis courts; the 50m x 30m area will house two contoured, all-weather artificial greens and an eco-bunker.
A 200m2 Pro-tour standard practice green will allow players to practice a full range of short game shots while a smaller 80m2 putting green gives golfers the ability to focus on short and medium range putts.
The project, is set to be ready for April.
University Golf Manager Craig Townsend helped mastermind the project and is delighted to see it come to fruition. He said: “A short game practice area is the best facility you can build to improve a golfers on course performance. Short game can form up to 70 – 80oer cent of your shots, so is a crucial element of the sport.
Tour Greens Europe will be undertaking the project and are experienced in delivering synthetic golf areas to the world’s golfing elite. Representative Daniel Bennett said: “Using our exclusive combination of synthetic turf products built on top of a shaped stone surface and filled with fine silica sand, we are able to replicate the most demanding tour golf conditions, allowing players to hit balls onto the green from a distance and experience a reaction equivalent to a natural grass green but without the twice daily mowing.”