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The Middle Tennessee State University golf teams will soon have a new place to call home, according to press release from the university.
With ground having been broken on Aug. 15, the Blue Raider men’s and women’s golf programs will move into their future $1 million facility — both built in partnership with and located at The Grove Club in College Grove — by the end of the year.
“This project is a huge step forward for Middle Tennessee Athletics, moving both of our golf programs to the forefront in college golf in terms of facilities,” Athletic Director Chris Massaro said. “Our donors provided tremendous support in making this facility possible, and for that we can’t thank them enough. Our new golf facility is going to be an outstanding asset, and would also not have been possible without the resources and help of The Grove and its staff.”
Middle Tennessee’s new golf home has many features, including three indoor hitting bays and an indoor putting green with multiple slope changes. Private donors have fully funded the project. Two of the indoor hitting bays will include TrackMan simulator studios via which more than 90 different courses can be played virtually, positioned within close proximity to a player’s lounge, locker rooms, training facilities and a study area. Synthetic turf will be used in all practice areas.
The 18-hole, par-72 Greg Norman Signature course at The Grove has fairways kept at tour heights, greens rolling at U.S. Open speeds and bunkers identical to those at the Tour Championship, providing a golf experience that is unparalleled in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, MTSU officials said.
“From a collegiate golf standpoint, having a home course that is a top-ranked golf course with what will be the finest training facility in the state is a game-changer on many levels,” men’s golf coach Mark McEntire said. “Not only will this help with recruitment, gaining the ability for year-round play and training gives our players a definite edge.”