July 19, 2023 — Today, we’ll preview some of the new practice facilities coming to the area northeast of the clubhouse. The renovation will transform this part of the property into a modern practice and training ground for golfers of all skill levels.
All-new practice range will be a major upgrade
The practice range and grass range tee are substantially larger than their predecessors. Players will be able to practice from a new 45,000 square-foot real grass tee, or an artificial Turfhound matted tee located at the back of the grass tee. The range target area is 10 acres and includes six staggered artificial grass target greens located at varying distances. Standard range balls will be used for practice rather than the previous short-flight variant balls.
As a modern practice facility, the new range will be much more than an open field to hit onto. Each aspect, from the placement of target greens to variations in grading, was carefully considered by the golf course architect, Chris Wilczynski, ASGCA. In many ways, a well-designed range resembles a good golf hole. The new range will have golfers playing gently downhill for better visibility and feedback on each shot.
The practice range will include a full suite of TrackMan technology to precisely trace each shot.
Players will get instant access to activity reports with insights on the progression of your game and the outcome of each shot, including the ability to visualize each shot within a complete 3D scan of the range.
One unique TrackMan capability: Players will be able to try out famous courses from the comfort of the club’s range. The system can analyze the shots made from the range tee and place them on simulated versions of iconic courses such as PGA National, Liberty National and Valderrama.
Adjacent to the range tee, a new golf teaching facility will host lessons and clinics. Here, players will get access to the latest technology for creating customized, individual training plans.
Practice the finer points of golf at new short game facilities
Both statistics and experience confirm that the final 100 yards are some of the most important on any golf hole. Over half of the typical golfer’s strokes happen in this final stretch. Rounding out the new practice facilities is a 22,000 square-foot putting green/putting course, as well as a nearly three-acre short game practice area.
We’re especially excited about the reimagined short game area. This facility will help golfers practice various short game scenarios that they may encounter on the 18-hole Championship Course. The turf including the greens, fairway and rough areas and bunkers will match the design and conditions of the main course. The design is spacious but conveniently located, a short way from the learning center, practice facilities and clubhouse. With three large greens and five bunkers, this area will offer a more relaxed setting to learn how to make those last 100 yards count.
Construction begins on additional support facilities
In addition to the practice areas, work is underway on a landscaped pond that will help remedy flooding, a state of the art maintenance facility that will replace the old maintenance building, and a turfgrass nursery. These new facilities are located near the north end of the driving range. They’ll be screened from view, but play an important role in club operations.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for some exciting news in our next update.
The Reimagine Killearn Country Club Team