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A graduate of Mississippi State University's prestigious Professional Golf Management program, Nathan has been making plans in his head for improving the MSU Golf Course practice facility since his freshman year at the university.  The driving range has always been undersized (even before the advent of longer balls and drivers) and the short game practice area was severely lacking for recruiting players for the men's and women's golf teams.  However, the biggest obstacle to overcome was that the course was landlocked between private property to the west, a large lake to the east, and Highway 182 to the south.  All of that began to change in 2009 when private donations to the golf teams enabled Nathan the opportunity to develop a plan that would meet the needs of all parties involved.  

Working closely with representatives from the golf course staff, the athletic department, the University, and the Bulldog Club (alumni association), Nathan created a plan that altered parts of the existing course to make all of the pieces fit.  The end result is a driving range nearly four times the size of the existing range with separate tees for the public and the golf teams, a short game facility and private putting green for the golf teams, and changes to the 10th and 18th holes.  The 10th is now a demanding short par 3 and the 18th--although slightly shorter--is a much better finishing par 5 hole that is reachable for longer hitters willing to risk the second shot that culminates at a large green fronted by four bunkers that some say resembles a giant Bulldog paw print from the sky.....

Construction began in the summer of 2010 and should be complete in the summer of 2011.  A color-rendered copy of the plan is below showing the changes and the existing course.  Project photos are posted below.

Site Plan

 Below is a color-rendered copy of the site plan showing the improvements to the practice facility and course changes.
 

PHOTOS

  The following photos were taken before and during the renovation project.
 
The location for the new 18th green is marked by the stake in the photos above (note existing 18 green in background).
A view of the location for the new 18th green from what will be the new second landing are on the par 5.
A view from the first landing area on the 18th fairway (the stakes left and right are locations for new fairway bunkers).
The stake in the foreground will be the location of the new back tee, creating a new yardage of some 540 yards to the new green.
The view from the existing tee of the par 4 10th hole after clearing the trees between the hole and Old Highway 82.
The view from the location of the new 10th tee once the hole is converted into a par 3.  A new lake will be built in front of the green and wrapping around to the right side, replacing the existing bunkers and making this short hole anything but easy.
Staking the location of the new 18th green and removal of existing irrigation heads and sod.
The new 18th green location as sod is removed to prepare for greens construction.
The shaper removing sod with a bulldozer.
A view from the front of the new 18th green complex following rough shaping.
A view from the left side of the new 18th green complex following rough shaping.
A view from the 18th fairway after rough shaping of the new left fairway bunker in front of the trees.
Another view of one of the new fairway bunkers on the 18th fairway after rough shaping.
A view from the front of the new 18th green after the mix has been installed in the green cavity.
A view from the front of the new 18th green showing the new bunkers in the foreground.
Another view of the new 18th green showing the left side (note the existing 18th green in the background).
A view of the new 18th green from the cart path left of the fairway.
The new team practice putting green after the installation of the greens mix (note the new 10th tee in the background).
The new team practice putting green looking south toward Old Highway 82 (the old building will be removed soon).
A view of the 10th green from the new back tee when the hole will be converted into a par 3 and the lake will be built around the front and right side of the green, creating a challenging short par 3.

 

Be sure to check back with us.  We will be adding more as the project progresses.

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