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April 1, 2018

Golf Range News

Construction of the University of Virginia’s new golf home at Birdwood Golf Course is underway. While Birdwood is ranked as one of the top collegiate courses in the country, UVA golf has never really had exclusive accommodations. Coaches worked from small offices in University Hall, from where they had to drive to the course. There were no indoor hitting bays to practice in bad weather. This new facility will resolve all those problems, plus help men’s coach Bowen Sargent and women’s coach Kim Lewellen attract more quality recruits. The project is expected to be finished this fall, and UVA players are already excited about moving in. “It’s a big deal. It will be one of the nicest, if not the nicest team golf facility in the country,” said Chris Schooley, University of Virginia Foundation Senior Project Manager. This story first appeared on the www.dailyprogress.com.

Drive Shack, the new 60,000 square foot golf entertainment complex, officially debuted its very first location near the Orlando International Airport on April 7. Orlando’s new Drive Shack is a three-story, indoor/outdoor all-weather golf-entertainment complex, featuring food, drinks and a long-distance range. The location features 90 hitting bays with a 220-yard range, a Free Play Game Lounge with classic games like shuffleboard, skee-ball and PacMan, a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor lounge and three fully equipped meeting and event rooms for parties up to 1,000. Orlando’s location is the first Drive Shack to open. Additional locations are expected to open in Raleigh; Richmond, Virginia; West Palm Beach; Marietta, Georgia; and New Orleans.

Carolina Panther’s Head Coach Ron Rivera helped raise funds for The First Tee of Greater Wilmington and the development of the new par-3 course for the area’s youth and golf community. By attending the annual First Tee Luncheon at the Wilmington Convention Center earlier this month, Rivera brought in crowds and answered questions about the upcoming NFL season and his involvement with golf.