June 1, 2015

Golf Range News

Following a practice session at Lancaster Country Club, the site of next month’s U.S. Women’s Open, 10-time LPGA Tour winner Paula Creamer took time to meet with a trio of talented juniors from the local Girls Golf Revolution program, which was founded by PGA Professional Eric MacCluen.

Could “Cosmic Golf” catch on? During this year’s Masters, a Louisville, Kentucky-based company called Glow Gear debuted a concept they call the “Cosmic Driving Range” at the First Tee of Augusta (Georgia). Using glow-in-the-dark golf balls and targets, they set up practice ranges that light up the night. They’re taking the show on the road this summer, as the Cosmic Driving Range Tour has planned stops in Louisville; Youngstown, Ohio; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Burlington, Vermont; and Moyock, North Carolina. For more info and dates, check out their website: http://www.cosmicdrivingrange.com….

Telluride (Colorado) Ski and Golf Club announced future game improvement facility enhancements to be done by noted golf course architect Ken Kavanaugh. Enhancements will include a 400-yard-long practice range with multilevel teeing areas – six tees will be perched at 9,430 feet, while another set will be located down the hill at 9,280 feet. Nine target greens ranging from 55 to 250 yards away will dot the vast practice area. Moreover, a defined practice fairway and two target greens serving as practice par-3s will allow golfers to work on specific shots and scenarios. Sitting adjacent to the practice tee will be a 7,200 squarefoot putting green mimicking the surfaces found on the course.… Yes, we are the Golf Range Association of America. But we are still advocates of growing the game on an international scale. That’s why were excited to learning that the only stand-alone public practice facility in India, Siri Fort Driving Range, recently underwent upgrades. Shiv Kapur, a European Tour regular and product of the Siri Fort range, had this say following the debut of the upgraded facility: “I wish the government takes a leaf out of this book and develops a few more driving ranges. Since golf is now an Olympic sport, I think it’s a huge boost to have public courses and driving ranges.”… Bergin Golf Designs is planning a comprehensive renovation to the practice facilities at The Honors Course (pictured below) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The scope of work includes a major expansion of the current practice range, as well as a new 2.5-acre short game facility. The short game facility will feature “situational practice,” recreating shots found around the greens complexes on the golf course. When completed, over 13 acres will be dedicated to the enhanced practice area at The Honors Course.