Golf Course at University Park to open today

Georgia Southern University Golf Course at University Park is located off of Golf Club Road. The ribbon cutting for the new course takes place today at 3 p.m.Photo courtesy of: GSU Golf Course at University Park

Casey Cargle

The brand new Georgia Southern University Golf Course at University Park, built for GSU students, the GSU golf team and Statesboro residents, will open today at 3 p.m.

The GSU Golf Course at University Park, located right off of Golf Club Road, with an 8,000 square foot clubhouse and rolling hills, is the course for students and the public to get away to knock out 18.

The course construction has been on schedule, Assistant Director of the RAC Chris Butler said.

“They’ve been working seven days a week for the past couple months…they’ve done a wonderful job and are on time,” Butler said.

The GSU golf course cost approximately 4.5 million dollars to renovate and is considered a world-class course. All the preparations are done and it is geared up and ready to open today.

“There will be very few courses that will be as nice or nicer than the Georgia Southern Golf Course in the Southeast,” Butler said.

It will be open to students as well as the public for tee times, lessons and tournaments today.

For students it will be $7 for walk-ins on weekdays and weekends and includes all 18 holes, also if students pay $25 they can rent a golf cart. The course also offers twilight hour rates that are lower than the average rate.

Although new, the course is no easy play. The new course has winding fairways and a substantial amount of water hazards. However you don’t have to be an all-star golfer, there are five different tee boxes on each hole accommodating any golfer.

Being that it is a brand new course, the grass will take a whole year to fully grow in, but this will not affect play.  The only significant sign that the grass is new will be the way the ball rolls on the green.  This course is new so most greens will roll slower than your usual championship green.

The GSU Golf Course plans to hold its first big tournament for the Eagle Football Alumni Association (EFAA) on Nov. 8 to raise money for the GSU football team.

The ribbon cutting for the new Georgia Southern Golf Course at University Park will be at 3 p.m. today.