“This is the most complete short game teaching center in the country,” said Pat Goss. “This is a place where we can chip, putt and practice bunker shots during the winter months. It is an extreme privilege and honor to have a facility such as the Gleacher Golf Center.”
The Gleacher Golf Center is one of the finest indoor learning centers in the collegiate golf world. The $1.1 million, which was enhanced in the winter of 2004 with new turf, a green expansion, new netting and a video equipment-upgrade, is located on the campus of Northwestern University.
The facility includes the following features:
- A teaching area with three permanently mounted digital video cameras and one portable camera connected to two viewing monitors.
- A hitting area with three stations. Players can either hit full All American Photoshots into a netted area or hit pitch shots onto a green.
- A 2,056 square foot pitching and putting green with a special sand-bed golf surface, which simulates play characteristics of real grass. Contouring, shaping and grading will be advised by golf course architect Bob Lohmann, architect of the Merit Club, site of the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open.
- A 280 square foot sand bunker.
- A player locker area, with 18 custom-made wood lockers for club storage.
- A coach’s office/meeting room and sports equipment room. This “Clubhouse” structure is designed to reinforce the golf course atmosphere and overlooks the facility.
- The Center measures 89 x 62 feet and its ceilings peak at 25 feet.