A generous donation from a University of San Diego alumnus has enabled the institution to continue with its new Phil Mickelson-designed golf training facility.
U.S. dollar alum and board member Paul Purcell donated $ 2 million to help advance the final planning stages of the project, the university said in a statement.
“This is a truly transformative gift that will take our golf program to the next level, positively impact the experience of USD grant-holder athletes and also transform the lives of young people in our community,” said USD Athletic Director Bill McGilis of the generosity.
An artist’s renders of what to expect at USD feature lush landscapes and varied terrain for student athletes to practice to their hearts’ content. The 1.4-acre, state-of-the-art practice facility was designed by golf legend and San Diego native Phil Mickelson, whose vision for the project includes:
- 1,800 square meters of artificial turf tea area;
- “Phil Mickelson” wedge control targets for practice for running distances from 30 to 85 years of age;
- “Phil Mickelson” artificial turf putting pads with surfaces at 2, 3 and 4% inclines;
- One acre of natural grass short play area.
This short game area will consist of a 40,000 square meter fairway and a rough area, a 7,500 square meter putting green and a 1,000 square meter practice bunker.
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Artist’s impression of what the entrance to a new University of San Diego golf facility might look like.
“Every detail of this new facility will be focused on enhancing the academic golfer, creating an environment to nurture team unity, promote competition, and enable the University of San Diego to host future West Coast Conference and to compete at national championships, “Mickelson said in a statement. “The University of San Diego holds a special place in the hearts of the Mickelson family and I am excited to be working with Coach Chris Riley to develop something really special for the young men in the USD program.”
In addition, a 3,000 square meter clubhouse for the golf team is in the works, which will include a team lounge, storage areas, study and conference areas, hospitality areas for opposing teams and a coaching office.
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A rendering of what the University of San Diego’s new golf course might look like after completion.
The upcoming facility will be located in the northeast quadrant of the university, next to the center of the US sports facilities.
“It has taken years to develop and I am thrilled that USD Golf finally has all the tools to compete at the highest level,” said Coach Riley in a statement.
It is unclear when the facility is expected to be completed.