Indiana's quest to regain national recognition with its golf programs took a tremendous step forward in 2003 in accomplishing that mission. The Hoosiers unveiled a new state-of-the-art practice facility that enables the Hoosier student-athlete to hit any type of shot under tournament conditions.The team-only facility includes two large bent grass teeing areas one each end. Seven large USGA greens and 19 white sand bunkers also grace the facility. Bent grass is the dominant turf on the facility, including two different varieties of bent, which allows the Hoosiers to make the greens different speeds.
Construction began on the facility through the spring of 2001. Noted golf course architect Tim Liddy designed the practice area and Wadsworth Golf Course Construction was the contractor.
"This is an exciting facility," Liddy said. "I think we built a unique, one-of-a-kind area that you won't find anywhere else in the country. I was really excited to be a part of this project and I'm thrilled with how it turned out."
"We are just starting to see the effects of our new practice facility. Our team now has the ability to hit shots that they would come across in tournament conditions. We have large greens that slope away from the golfer, demanding pretty finesse shots. As we move forward the facility will help our team become more competitive in the Big Ten and nationally as well."
-Mike Mayer, IU Men's Golf Head Coach
The upper end of the practice area includes an 11,000 square foot pitching and chipping area surrounded by 11 bunkers. The pitching and chipping area also has its own bent grass fairway and gives the Hoosier team the opportunity to work on their short game. Also on the upper end of the facility is a large two-tiered undulating USGA putting-only green.
From the main hitting area on the lower end of the facility, IU student-athletes can hit shots from 175 yards in and into five USGA greens. There are nine additional sand bunkers on the lower end of the practice area, including two fairway bunkers.
By far the best facility in the Big Ten, Indiana can attribute their improvement to this immaculate facility, which has quickly become the crown jewel of Indiana golf. Since the inception of the practice facility, the interest amongst the Indiana golf recruits has grown tremendously. Recruits are amazed by the first-class facility and anxious when the coach tells them that the facility belongs to them. This past year, Indiana golfers were found on the practice facility nearly all 12 months out of the year.
"In order to recruit, you have to have facilities. I believe that this is the premier practice facility in the country and by far the best in the Big Ten. This is a huge recruiting tool, and we know that by the looks on a recruit's face when he sees this facility. The fact that these kids can come out here and hit any type of shot that the want to into large greens manicured to tournament conditions is truly tremendous."
-Mike Mayer, IU Men's Golf Head Coach
Along with the short-game area, the Hoosier golfers enjoy their own private teeing and practice area at the IU Golf Course driving range. The widely spread out range features four large target greens with a total of 12 pins to shoot at. Along side the Hoosier golf tee is a huge putting green, offering many undulating fast putts. Adjacent to the driving range, the IU Golf Course also has an executive nine-hole par-three course that is very popular among the recreational golfers.
Indiana student-athletes receive the greatest attention from the university in the classrooms and with facilities. Hoosier golfers have been provided with a state-of-the-art facility that offers any type of shot that can be found on the golf course. The old adage is "practice makes perfect" and what a better place to do it than a perfect practice facility.
The IU Golf Course is located on the Ind. 45/46 Bypass (See the Interactive Campus Map).