LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Athletics announced Thursday it has recently started construction on a new 10-acre driving range at The Rawls Course that will be exclusive to the university’s men’s and women’s golf programs.
The roughly $1.3 million project will further elevate the team-specific facilities at The Rawls Course, which is annually heralded as one of the top campus courses in the country. Construction on the driving range began in early December with a completion date expected this spring.
“There is not a better campus course in the country that provides a more challenging layout with key developmental areas for its student-athletes than The Rawls Course,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “This new driving range further shows our investment in our golf programs, giving Coach (Greg) Sands and Coach (JoJo) Robertson another tool to attract the world’s top golfers while also developing them into future professionals.”
As part of the project, Texas Tech has contracted King-Collins Golf Design to construct the new driving range, which will feature six target greens of various sizes, shape, distance and elevations situated around a curved fairway and rough area. The furthest green will be placed 313 yards away from the tee, giving both teams various distances to improve their short game or accuracy with the driver.
The project also entails improvements to the drainage system in the driving-range area that will connect to the rest of the course, allowing storm water to easily flow to the pond near the No. 18 green. The added drainage capabilities will allow both teams to quickly access the range following any inclement weather.
“We are excited about our driving range project,” head women’s coach JoJo Robertson said. “We already have one of the best golf courses and practice facilities in the country, and this renovation will take us to the next level. We are incredibly grateful for Regent Dusty Womble and those who helped make this project possible.”
The new driving range continues Texas Tech’s investment into The Rawls Course over the past decade as the athletics department opened the Cash Family Team Facility in 2012, a $3.7 million complex that provides state-of-the-art locker rooms for both teams as well as team meeting space and coaching offices for both programs.
Additionally, Texas Tech has funded renovations to the team-specific short game area within the past two years, giving both programs an exclusive practice layout that is just steps from the team facility. The athletics department also invested roughly $1 million into general improvements to the course, namely the bunkers, this past summer.
“Great facilities are the driving force behind successful programs,” said men’s head coach Greg Sands, a recent inductee into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. “This driving range renovation provides our players with what will be one of the best ranges in the country to work on their long game. Recruits will have no doubt that between our short game area and driving range, the opportunity to get better here is endless. From recruiting to development, this project is going to help Texas Tech Golf reach new heights.”
Texas Tech is annually successful on the course as both programs have been ranked in the top 25 of their respective polls already this season as Sands’ men’s program has reached the NCAA postseason in each of the past 19 seasons. Robertson’s team, meanwhile, has been a NCAA Regional participant 10 times under her watch with two trips to the NCAA Championships.
Both programs call The Rawls Course home as it was ranked as the third-best public course in the state of Texas by Golfweek Magazine this past March and was the publication’s fifth-best campus course in the country in 2020, including the top one in the Big 12 Conference. Texas Monthly also tabbed it as one of the top public courses in the state as part of its October edition.
Release provided by Matt Dowdy Texas Tech Athletics