The 2,400-sq. ft. clubhouse in San Luis Obispo, Calif. will include two covered hitting bays, coaches’ offices, a team lounge and refueling station, club-storage space and bathrooms. The facility is funded totally by private donations and should be completed by the end of the year.
Preliminary grading for the Cal Poly golf clubhouse at Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, Calif. is underway, the Lompoc Record reported. The project, which should be completed by the end of the year, includes 2,400 sq. ft. of floor space.
The facility, expected to cost $1.5 million, is funded totally by private donations and includes two covered hitting bays, coaches offices, a team lounge and refueling station, club storage space and bathrooms, the Record reported.
“With the groundbreaking for our Swanson Golf Program clubhouse at the beautiful Dairy Creek Golf Course venue, our student-athletes will soon have access to a world-class golf facility,” said first-year Mustang men’s golf head coach Phil Rowe. “It is inspiring to imagine what will become possible for our current and future Mustang golfers as they pursue academic excellence and championship success.
“Thank you to the Cal Poly administration, Dairy Creek management staff and especially to all our wonderful supporters who have so generously rallied around this project,” Rowe added.
An anonymous benefactor has provided a $150,000 match to raise the remaining funds to fully cover the cost of the facility, the Record reported. A total of $125,000 is still actively being raised against the matching donation and the funds will cover the cost of proper furniture, fixtures and equipment that will be commensurate with the building.
A total of 18 supporters have committed almost $1.4 million to the project, the Record reported. Bill Swanson, supporter of the Cal Poly Golf Program, is the donor project manager for the clubhouse.
“We are incredibly excited to see the beginning of construction happening this week for the Dairy Creek clubhouse, which will become the new home of Cal Poly Golf,” Mustang women’s head golf coach Sofie Aagaard said. “The practice facility’s proximity to campus, the quality of practice areas and, now with the addition of this building, will set us apart in recruiting and attract top players to continue to build this program.
“With the great support and generous contributions from our supporters, community and Josh Heptig with staff at Dairy Creek, we are now able to improve the already valuable student-athlete experience at Cal Poly,” Aagaard added. “The clubhouse will be a place where we can be more productive with meetings, training, studying and engage as a team and program as we will have everything in one place.”
The project is the finishing touch on what will be one of the finest golf practice centers anywhere, the Record reported. In 2018, Cal Poly reached an agreement with the County of San Luis Obispo to save three green complexes and a fairway on Dairy Creek Golf Course property, which more than a year ago closed nine holes due to water issues.
The Nos. 1, 7 and 8 greens have been maintained in order to provide a short game practice facility for the teams and general public, the Record reported. The seventh fairway has been regrassed out at 200 yards to enable approach shots from various distances to be practiced as well.
In all, there are five practice tees, four green-side bunkers, two fairway bunkers and three chipping/putting green areas, the Record reported. Reconstruction of the driving range tee to include Topgolf’s Top Tracer Technology also was part of the project.
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