HARRISONBURG, Va., June 15, 2010 - The James Madison men's and women's golf programs will have a new practice facility to call their own when they return this fall, as construction has started on an on-campus, outdoor practice area.
"The new golf facility is fantastic," said head women's coach Paul Gooden. "The short game practice area will not only help our players in the most important area of scoring, but will also be very attractive to prospects that are considering JMU. Having our own practice facility puts us on a level playing field with other top universities. Our team members are very excited to get started using this area."
The new facility, set to open this fall for the 2010-11 season, includes separate putting and chipping greens that allows players to work on their short game. The multi-use chipping green will measure 6,900 square feet and will be surrounded by rough and sand traps to simulate many on-course situations. The putting green will measure 7,600 square feet.
The new outdoor area combines with the golf team's indoor facility, locker rooms and local golf courses to provide facilities on par with many top programs. The indoor area includes a putting surface, two hitting stalls and top-quality video equipment for swing analysis, while the locker rooms include meeting space and a lounge area. In addition to on-campus amenities, JMU golfers have seven-day-a-week playing and range privileges at Harrisonburg's two local golf clubs (Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club and Lakeview Golf Club).
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