BATON ROUGE -- The home course of the LSU men's and women's golf teams, the University Club, was ranked the 13th best home for college golf in the country according to a survey published in the September issue of Golf Digest magazine.
The evaluation by Golf Digest included such criteria as shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning, ambience and bonus walking points.
"First, the staff at UC is very proud to be affiliated with LSU," said U-Club General Manager Colonel Joe Stewart. "One of our primary objectives is to provide a golf venue that presents the kind of challenge expected of a major college program. The rating system used by Golf Digest provides the framework issues that we consider in preparing the course for daily as well as tournament play. Additionally, our members and guests have the opportunity to test their skills on a course played by some of the world's top amateur golfers."
The University Club opened in 1998 under the design of Jim Lipe and is a par-72 course that plays to a distance of 7,274 yards at its longest set of tees. The course has been the site of the women's LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic since 2000 and the course has hosted two major women's post-season tournaments, the 2002 NCAA East Regional Tournament and the 2004 Southeastern Conference Championships.
The long-running men's LSU Intercollegiate moved to the University Club in 2004 and will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 this fall. The women's LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic is scheduled for March 2006.
"We have been very pleased with the University Club as our home course since it was built," said LSU Women's Golf Coach Karen Bahnsen. "Some of the nation's top teams have come here for our tournaments and raved about the course. We are very fortunate to have our own golf house and practice facilities here where our student-athletes can fully work on their games. The University Club is a show place that all the LSU golfers are very proud of."
"Being included in such a list is a nice honor," said new LSU Men's Golf Coach Chuck Winstead, who also oversees the Chuck Winstead Golf Academy at the U-Club. "Jim Lipe, the designer of the Club, is a former 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."
Here is the list as provided by Golf Digest and the rating number of their evaluation:
1. Karsten Creek (Oklahoma State), Stillwater, Okla., 62.62
2. Orchards G. C. (Mount Holyoke), South Hadley, Mass., 60.27
3. University of Michigan G. C., Ann Arbor, Mich., 59.12
4. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas, 58.92
5. The Course at Yale U., New Haven, Conn., 58.15
6. University Ridge G. C. (Wisconsin), Verona, Wis., 57.90
7. Ohio State University G.C. (Scarlet Course), Columbus, Ohio, 57.02
8. Eisenhower G. C. (Blue Course) (Air Force), Colorado Springs, Colo., 57.01
9. Stanford (Calif.) U. G. C., 56.23
10. Colbert Hills G. C. (Kansas State), Manhattan, Kan., 56.10
11. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen Course) (Purdue), West Lafayette, Ind., 55.99
12. Duke University G. C., Durham, N. C., 55.96
13. The University Club of Baton Rouge (LSU), 55.88.
14. UNC Finley G. C., Chapel Hill, N. C., 55.85
15. Warren G. C. at Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., 54.85.