Jan. 18, 2012
• View new Golf Training Center
MADISON, Wis. -- The importance of improved facilities like Wisconsin's future 12,0000-square-foot indoor practice facility opening in October of 2012, was touted this week in Golfweek. Wildman's Corner written by Asher Wildman discussed the improvement teams have made when great golf facilities exist.
Wildman opens his column (read here) with this statement:
"The Big Ten prides itself on schools with tradition, and when it come's to golf, the facilities are paramount.
"Purdue has one of the most well-regarded facility in college golf and it has helped its program immensely. The Lady Boilermakers are often in the national-title hunt, and won the championship in 2010. The men's team this year is ranked 41st in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and looking to make it to the NCAA Regionals.
"Most of the Big Ten schools have the luxury of not only having their own golf course, but being able to provide private facilities just for the men's and women's golf team to use.
"Wisconsin (men), ranked No. 168, has its own course, but no facility. The course, University Ridge, is well-respected nationally, but the Badgers don't have an indoor facility to practice in during the long winters. That will change in the fall of 2012."
The article goes on to describe the facilities and quotes UW men's coach Michael Burcin about what the players and the recruits and their parents think about the addition.
Situated on UW's 33-acre exclusive team outdoor practice area, construction will begin in Feb. of 2012, for a $2.8 million 11,600-square foot all-season facility for the UW men’s and women’s golf teams. This golf training center, combined with Wisconsin's nationally-regarded 18-hole course, will provide the men's and women's golf programs with some of the best facilities in the nation.
In September of 2011, Golfweek ranked University Ridge Golf Course as one of the top campus courses in the nation according to the Sept. 7 Golfweek magazine. Opened in 1991, the Robert Trent Jones designed course was ranked No. 5 among all collegiate courses and the top course in the Big Ten Conference.
In October, 2011, University Ridge Golf Course came in 47th in GolfLink's Top 100 United States Golf Courses. GolfLink ranks the greatest golf courses from across the country, which is more than 21,000 private and public golf courses. GolfLink based its rankings from the preferences of their visitors to their website every month, as well as other objective factors.
The new indoor facility will include the following areas:
First level contains:
• Team room and UW Golf legacy archives and display
• Locker rooms, team meeting and study area
• Coaches’ offices
Lower level contains:
• Multiple heated hitting bays for year-round training
• State-of-the-art video capability for swing analysis
• Sand trap hitting bay
• 3,000-square-foot chipping and putting area.