Oakland University’s Athletics Department announced plans for a new Varsity Golf Training Facility last month.
According to a Press release, the new, ultra-modern facility will have a putting and chipping green as well as driving range bays and a team room with a feeding station. There will be both male and female changing rooms on site. The facility will also include head coach offices and a team lounge.
“This golf course will be a great addition to our golf programs,” said women’s golf coach Alyssa Gaudio-Guss in the press release. “The facility will enable our student athletes to train year-round using the latest technology. We’ll be able to work on our short game skills and come out ready to play in the spring. We look forward to expanding our already great golf courses and have all the resources at hand. “
Ben Fielder, Associate Athletic Director for Development, said this project has been in the works for “a couple of years”.
“Both head coaches, Nick (Pumford) and Alyssa (Gaudio-Guss), cited this as the space that is really needed to take the golf program to the next level,” said Fielder. “I’ve been in athletics for two years now and when I walked in we were talking about this new facility. [We’ve since] identified some key donors to investigate, and now we’re on to that [point] where we identified the construction team and the architecture team to move the project forward. “
Fielder said the donors raised $ 2.4 million for the facility.
“We are entering the final stage of what I would call our final stage of fundraising to reach the final dollar amount we expect for the building. [That’s] really not even known, ”said Fielder. “The construction company is currently carrying out a survey to find out the exact location of the new facility. We know the golf courses will be somewhere nearby, but they are trying to find the exact location and finalize those details. “
Fielder mentioned that there will be a significant cost to configure the site.
“Once they are able to complete these (site) details, we can have a better idea of what the construction costs will be,” said Fielder. “There will potentially be some cost to just moving the land to get a flat state to house the facility.”
The men’s head golf coach, Nick Pumford, said he couldn’t be “more excited” about the course.
“This facility will be a turning point for our current and future student athletes and will hopefully bring our program into national competition,” said Pumford. “Without our supporters and the golf alumni who paved the way, this would not have been possible.”
After the groundbreaking, Fielder expects the project to last 18 months to two years.
“The next phase for us is to submit it to the Board of Trustees,” said Fielder. “[We’re hoping to do that] break the ground either in November or December and then possibly in the spring of next year. ”