Clearing of land has begun for Columbus State University’s new golf practice facility on University Avenue near the main campus.
About 13 acres between University and Primrose Road are being cleared of trees and brush to make way for the facility. It should be completed by the end of this year, but will not be used until the grass has been well established, probably next spring, according to CSU spokesman John Lester.
The facility, which is being built using only private funds, will serve the CSU men’s and women’s golf teams and as a place to teach golf to students. It will also be open to CSU students and faculty.
Columbus native and 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize, whose son Robert is a member of the CSU golf team, is helping design the facility. And it is being named for another local golfer Billy Key.
Key, the retired president of First National Bank of Columbus, won the Georgia State Junior Championships in 1946, 1947 and 1948, the Western Amateur in 1958, the Southeastern Amateur in 1962 and the Georgia Amateur in 1968. He has been a longtime supporter of CSU’s golf program and is a trustee of the CSU Foundation.
The Key Golf Studio, as it will be known, will include a clubhouse and offices, a driving range, putting and short-game practice areas.