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The photos below show the University of Mississippi Golf Team Practice Facility project at Ole Miss GC in Oxford, MS.

When the University of Mississippi men's and women's golf teams needed extra room for practicing, men's golf coach Ernest Ross called on Nathan Crace of Watermark Golf/Nathan Crace Design to take a look at the area in question.  Nathan fell in love with the site during the first visit and work was quickly underway to finalize the design package--especially since Nathan only had two weeks to deliver the final construction drawings and bid documents to the University in order to advertise for public bids.  Bids were soon opened, a contractor was selected, and construction was underway without delay.  In a few short weeks, the new team practice range was complete and sodded from wall to wall.

The area for the project was a +/- four acre parcel owned by the University that was adjacent to the back of the existing public driving range at the Ole Miss Golf Club.  The design including constructing a new team practice tee at the back of the new area so that team players could hit drivers and fairway woods toward the existing driving range and prevent the need for additional work by the golf course staff to retrieve balls from the range.  However, the team practice area still feels secluded because on the elevated tee is visible from the public tee and driving range.  When the work was complete, the project included seven target greens that play to different elevations and distances from the one acre practice tee, a 12,000+ sq. ft. practice green, and a number of practice bunkers--one which was designed to be played as a green side bunker or as a fairway practice bunker.  New irrigation was installed throughout the entire facility and the site was solid sodded when complete to expedite grow-in.

The new practice facility has been called "the best on-campus practice facility in the Southeastern Conference" and featured in Tee to Green Magazine.  As a result, it has not only proven to be a valuable asset for the team, but also an incredibly attractive recruiting tool for future members of the golf team.


 Before construction could begin, trees had to be cleared from the project site.



 Carefully balancing cut & fill was a must--note the depth of the large ravines crossing the site.



 Note the seven real target greens on the practice range with varying distances from the tee.


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