The University Club
The University Club, which is the home of the LSU men's golf team, received the honor of being ranked the 13th best home for college golf in the country according to a survey published in the September 2005 issue of Golf Digest. The evaluation by Golf Digest ranked the top 15 home courses in college golf and included such criteria as shot values, resistance to scoring, course layout and design, memorability and conditioning.
"Being included in such a list is a nice honor," said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. "Jim Lipe, the designer of the University Club, is an LSU alum and is a proven and terrific architect. He's been Jack Nicklaus' right-hand man on his design team for years. It's certainly a great honor to be included on the list."
The course, under the supervision of General Manager Jared LeBouef, opened in 1998 under the design of Lipe and is a par-72 course that plays with a championship yardage of 7,274 yards. It is carved into nearly 300 acres of land just seven miles south of the LSU campus on Nicholson Drive and will host the second-annual University Club Intercollegiate in October.
The University Club also boasts one of the nation's finest practice facilities, The LSU Golf House, which opened in the fall of 2002. The Golf House includes a lavish meeting room, office space for the coaching staff and an area devoted to equipment repair and storage. It also includes an indoor driving range and a learning center that can utilize video analysis to benefit each player's development in a classroom setting.
The course was built on land donated to the Tiger Athletic Foundation and subsequently leased to University Club. The original vision that drove University Club's development was of a premier course that would provide a place for TAF members to convene and play, as well as a home for the men's and women's golf teams of LSU. This recent transaction will allow that vision to be realized according to Villages developer Sinclair Kouns, himself a member of the investment group that made the acquisition.
"I'm confident we'll be able to fulfill the expectations of the golf teams, the club members and the residents of University Club Plantation in making this facility one of the best in the Southeastern Conference and the region," said Kouns.
"I'm pleased that local people with LSU ties will now make University Club a place LSU alumni and TAF members can be proud of," said TAF CEO General Ron Richard.
The course opened for members on Oct. 22, 1998. The swimming and tennis facility adjacent to the course opened in the summer of 2000. The surrounding housing development continues to grow as homes continue to spring up, adding to the beauty of the area surrounding the golf course.
Membership in The University Club was offered first to members of the TAF and then extended to the general public, who first must become members of the TAF. Memberships are available not only in local categories, but state, regional and national categories as well.
The Tiger Athletic Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation that serves as the fund-raising and development arm of the LSU athletics department. Each year, the TAF underwrites scholarship and academics awards, as well as capital development projects for LSU athletics.