It has proven to be everything it was hoped to be. The men’s and women’s golf teams at LSU have the home they’ve always wanted right at their home course, the University Club. The Mary and Woody Bilyeu Golf Practice Facility offers the year-round ability to concentrate on improving the play of LSU’s student-athletes.
An $850,000 facility funded by the Tiger Athletic Foundation, the The Mary and Woody Bilyeu Golf Practice Facility functions primarily as a golf-learning center for the LSU men’s and women’s teams.
Head Coach Karen Bahnsen said the building, opened in 2003, is a great benefit to the LSU programs.
It is helping the recruiting efforts, since many of LSU’s competitors either have similar facilities or are in the process of building a similar facility.
“Our practice area is tremendous, but having a building to go with it is great,” Bahnsen said. “We have a place where we can do club repairs and where we can store our teaching aids. We have two indoor hitting bays and a room we can use for video analysis, as well as meeting space. So, as far as helping their game, we’re just basically giving them everything in the world they would need to be competitive in the NCAA arena.”
Bahnsen said LSU’s golf teams are already well equipped for practice at University Club, with a 100-yard-long tee box and 10,000-square-foot putting green that has bunkers around it.
In all, the Golf House also contains locker rooms for the men and women, an office for each coach, a kitchen and indoor and outdoor storage.
Recently, the Golf House has undergone a renovation that features a spectacular graphic design in the lobby and meeting room that showcases the history of both the men’s and women’s golf programs at LSU.