CSU to discuss golf facility plans

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 19, 2013 

Anyone interested in Columbus State University's plans to build a golf facility on University Avenue should attend an open house and information session today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meeting will be at the former Boutwell Clinic, 3434 University Ave., the location where the facility will be constructed.

Assistant Vice President for University Relations John Lester said on Monday that people can learn all about the project expected to cost approximately $1.75 million.

The plan calls for a driving range, short game area, putting area, clubhouse and offices.

Alan Medders, CSU vice president for univeristy advancement, said the project will be privately funded and that more than half a million dollars has already been raised.

He gave no time for the beginning of the project.

"We have not even seen the final design, yet," Medders said.

Former Masters champion and Columbus resident Larry Mize has already committed to help with the planning.

CSU Foundation Properties Inc. recently purchased the Boutwell Clinic, its parking lot and some nearby property for what Medders said was approximately $400,000. That fronts 11 acres of land that Foundation Properties already owned.

The 11-acre plot is long and narrow, the perfect shape for a driving range, Medders said.

Asked about the reaction of residential neighbors, he said that what he has heard, so far, has been positive. He said they were relieved there would be no big buildings.

Lights on the range might also have been a concern but Medders said there will not be any.

The facility will be a boost to a CSU golf program that has won six NCAA Division II national championships.

The team has to travel to Bull Creek Golf Course to practice. Students taking golf classes have also had to drive the approximately eight miles. The new facility will be within walking distance of the main campus.

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