“We have an incredible indoor facility on the Northwestern campus, and we also have an outdoor facility that allows our team members to hit any shot they want up to 70 yards away from the green,” said Pat Goss. “That allows for a lot of variety around the green. We also have a tee box that is exclusive for our Academy members. This facility really brings us to the forefront and completes the kind of practice regime we want to use as part of the Academy. It gives us the ability to practice any time we want and develop our players to the best of our abilities.”
In the fall of 2006, Northwestern’s newest golf practice facility was unveiled, the Luke Donald Outdoor Practice Facility, located at The Glen Club, an 18-hole Tom Fazio design course, in Glenview, Ill. The Glen Club annually hosts the LaSalle Bank Open on the Nationwide Tour, as well as the Illinois Open.
Donald, the former Northwestern All-American and now one of the world’s top professional golfer, made the lead gift for the construction of this new facility. The facility was designed by Fazio Design.
The Luke Donald Outdoor Practice Facility includes the following features:
- A 15,000-square foot bent grass range tee
- A 1/2-acre practice pitching/chipping area with a 6,000-square foot USGA green
- Bent grass, bluegrass and fescue turfed areas for a variety of lies and shots
- Three practice bunkers, totaling 5,000-square feet for shots of varying length into the chipping green.
A 3,000-square foot practice putting green is also part of the facility as well as a fairway bunker practice shot area.