Big improvements promise challenges, fun at A&M golf course

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

COLLEGE STATION, Texas With more than $3 million in new construction, the Texas A&M golf course promises new jobs, new money and new challenges for golf fans.

Texas A&M footed the bill for half of the project, Sterling Golf out of Houston paid for the other half.

Rene Rangel is the CEO for Sterling Golf. He said his dad introduced him to the sport when he was a boy and he's never looked back.

"I'm really excited for the whole Aggie Nation to look at it," said Rangel. "Every place you go around on campus, it's all about pride and honor. I think the Aggie community is going to be very proud of what's been done to their campus."

Among the improvements, the 18-hole course now offers two new lakes and more than 100 new bunkers. The course also boasts a new wall-to-wall irrigation system with 1,200 irrigation heads. That's up from about 500.

"The toughest part is keeping everything wet throughout the drought season," said course superintendent Tanner Light.

Tanner and his crew of 12 have their work cut out for them, with around 170 acres of land to take care of.

"Whenever we're done, it's going to be amazing to see what it looks like, and what everyone's been so excited to see," said Light.

Rangel said they hope to make their money back on the project. One way is through lifetime membership passes.

"There are going to be 25 lifetime memberships sold," said Rangel. "They'll cost $100,000 (each). A one time fee, no dues."

The pass offers the holder red-carpet treatment for life, including priority tee times and reserved parking. Rangel said the card never expires and can be passed down for generations. He said he expects the cards to sell out quickly.

The name of the course is up for grabs. Rangel said it can be yours for around $3 million. Each of the 18 holes are also up for sale for $100,000 to $150,000 each.

Rangel said he expects the course to come with about 50 to 60 job openings.

The public course is expected to open in mid October. Rangel said Texas A&M students will be offered discounted rates.

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