COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- After a year-long renovation that includes significant enhancements, the Texas A&M University golf course will reopen to the public on Oct. 26.
Jeff Blume, a 1989 Texas A&M graduate and course architect, said he is proud of the outcome, noting it is similar to the prestigious National Golf Links course in Southampton, N.Y.
"The course has an early-American style featuring a lot of bunkers, elevated greens and bunkers cut in around greens," Blume said. "The greens are adequately sized at an average of 6,000 square feet and not too difficult. They're not flat but not overly contoured. There's a lot of room to hit a ball off the tee, but the approach shots require more accuracy. If you miss the greens, there is a myriad of different chip shots and recovery shots."
Rene Rangel, the CEO of Sterling Golf Management, the company managing the course, said the remodeled course has few similarities to the original and can essentially be considered a new course.
Former Student Body President Matt Josefy, who had an unlimited student membership during his time at Texas A&M and looks forward to playing on the new course, agreed, adding, "By creating a beautiful green space to welcome students and guests, this renovation complements the many steps, from facilities to academics, that Texas A&M has taken to remain one of the preeminent institutions in the country."
"There's a bigger driving range," Rangel explained, "which is angled differently from the original, and has18 new holes. We dug new lakes, added new water features and 158 bunkers as opposed to 30 or 40 on the original course. We also remodeled the pro shop with new furniture and fixtures."
"The golf course is of a quality that if it were in Houston or Dallas it would be a $100 green fee," Blume added. "But faculty and students will be able to play it at about a quarter of that price."
The fees vary with student fees (student ID required) ranging from $19 Monday-Thursday for walking to $25 for green fees on weekends. Cart fee is an additional charge of $15.
Fees for faculty and staff (appropriate ID required) start at $25 for walking Monday-Thursday to $31 green fees on weekends. Cart fee is an additional $15 charge.
Fees for the general public start at $34 for walking Monday-Thursday and go up to $44 green fees on weekends. Cart fee is an additional $15.
In addition to the 18-hole renovation, the Department of Health and Kinesiology donated funds to add a short-game practice facility next to the pro shop.
Sterling Golf reminds those wishing to play during the opening weekend to call for tee times, because the first few days are expected to be extremely busy. Crowds should lessen as the week continues. Golfers can call 845-1723 for tee times starting Oct. 19.
For more information on the renovated Course at Texas A&M, visit http://tamucampuscourse.com
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