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UM Golf Course
Michigan's varsity golf teams compete and practice at one of the finest university-owned courses in the country, the University of Michigan Golf Course. The challenging fairways and greens lie among stately trees, plush rough and hills that offer a breathtaking view of the University's main campus. In addition to Michigan's golfers, the U-M Golf Course is also the home course for the Michigan cross country teams.
The University of Michigan Golf Course was designed in the late 1920s by Alister MacKenzie, one of golf's all-time greatest architects. The Regents unofficially opened the course in the fall of 1930 as the first golfers to play the new U-M Golf Course. The course officially opened in the spring of 1931 and immediately drew praise as one of the finest in America. At the time of its opening, the University Golf Course became just the fourth course to be located on a college campus. The U-M Golf Course is one of only six MacKenzie-designed golf courses in the United States, including the famed Augusta National.
MacKenzie, Golf magazine's "Golf Architect of the Century" for the first 100 years of golf in America, brought his passion for the sport and of old St. Andrews, Scotland, to Ann Arbor. The U-M Golf Course is another enduring addition to the "Athletics for All" program of U-M Athletic Director Fielding H. Yost, a program he created to touch students for generations to come.
A multi-million dollar renovation completed in the spring of 1994 restored the grandeur of the University Golf Course to the ranks of MacKenzie's other classics. Orchestrating the restoration was Arthur Hills, a Michigan graduate and one of the foremost golf course architects in America. As an admirer of MacKenzie, Hills understood his focus was not a new course in Ann Arbor, but a return to MacKenzie's intent.
The renovation included the return of original bunkers, improved tree planting and placement, construction of stately tee areas and an improved irrigation system. A new practice range was added to assist Michigan's golf squads as well as a number of practice greens and sand traps. The popularity of golf carts necessitated large stretches of cart paths that partition landscaped medians around the course.
In addition to renovations on the course, the clubhouse also underwent a facelift. Team rooms, coaching offices and varsity locker facilities for both Wolverine women's and men's teams were added. The pro shop, lobby and refreshment areas were also reconfigured and decorated.
The cross country trail follows the golf course's rolling terrain, traversing almost all of the 18 holes at some point. The races begin on the fairway of the first hole and are highlighted by a climb up the 10th fairway midway through the race. The women's 5,000-meter and men's 8,000-meter races conclude between the first and ninth holes.
Weisfeld Family Golf Center
The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved today (Thursday, Sept. 15) the naming of the U-M Golf Practice Facility in honor of Barry A. Weisfeld and the Weisfeld Family Foundation. The new facility will be known as the Weisfeld Family Golf Center.
This new $2.5 million facility will provide the men's and women's varsity golf teams with year-round practice space, including a putting and chipping area and driving bays to utilize the existing driving range, as well as locker rooms and offices.
The Weisfeld family has continued to be a supporter of the university through annual gifts to the department of athletics and contributions to the Weisfeld Family Endowed Fund and the New York Family Scholarship Fund. Weisfeld served as a member of the Kinesiology Campaign Steering Committee during the Michigan Difference campaign, while the Weisfelds' son, David, graduated from U-M in 2010 and played varsity golf for two seasons. Weisfeld's daughter, Danielle, is also a U-M graduate in 2007.
The new golf facility will also be the first Geothermal building on the university campus. Geothermal wells and heat pumps will be used to provide heating and cooling for 4,000 feet of the 9,750 square-foot building. There are seven 300-foot deep wells serving six heat pumps that will supply conditioned air to several zones in the office areas.
The geothermal field effectively and efficiently transfers the heat loss and gain from the building to an almost constant ground temperature source through a series of wells. The approximate energy savings is estimated to be 30 percent.
In addition to the Geothermal system, the new building was built with the maximum insulation in foundation walls, exterior walls, and roof assemblies, energy efficient windows/glazing for increased thermal performance and day lighting controls for perimeter spaces.
The facility also offers many additional sustainability features. First, all plumbing features are low flow and include dual flush toilets. Whenever possible, construction on the site used regional/recycled materials as well as low-volatile organic compounds (VOCs) materials -- such as carpeting and paints.
The project is expected to be completed Fall 2011 with a dedication ceremony planned for November.
Directions to UM Golf Course
500 E. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to Ann Arbor-Saline Road (exit 175). Turn right and follow Ann Arbor-Saline Road as it turns into Main Street, going north for approximately 1 1/2 miles. Turn right onto Stadium Boulevard and make the second right into the Golf Course parking lot, on the opposite side of the street from Crisler Arena.
From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to Ann Arbor-Saline Road (exit 175). Turn left and follow Ann Arbor-Saline Road as it turns into Main Street, going north for approximately 1 1/2 miles. Turn right onto Stadium Boulevard and make the second right into the Golf Course parking lot, on the opposite side of the street from Crisler Arena.
From Toledo and points south: Take U.S. 23 north to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
From Flint and points north: Take U.S. 23 south to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
Directions to Weisfeld Family Golf Center
2119 S. Main Lane
Ann Arbor, MI 48104