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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center, home of the Ohio State University men's and women's golf programs, has been named a Design Excellence Recognition Program Award recipient by the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
The Dennis Golf Performance Center was recognized "for combining the practicality of artificial turf with creative golf course design techniques to produce a unique indoor golf practice center."
The American Society of Golf Course Architects further explains its decision:
"An institution with a rich golfing history, The Ohio State University's men's and women's teams have won a number of national titles in the last 30 years. The university is also home to the Scarlet Course, designed by Alister MacKenzie and regarded as one of the best collegiate courses in the U.S.
Wanting their players to stay sharp throughout the winter, the university's teams are now also benefitting from a new $6.3 million, state-of-the-art indoor facility, which included design contributions by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA Fellow, and his son and business partner Dr. Christopher Hurdzan.
The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center is a unique facility that allows players to practice the entire range of short game skills from 60 yards and in. The center also features an undulating green and bunker complex, a putting surface divided into sections to accommodate different Stimpmeter speeds, and a hydraulic putting `floor' which is equipped with computerized technology which allows players to analyze putting techniques and practice sidehill lies.
Located to the north of the Scarlet Course clubhouse and beside the eighteenth fairway, the 20,000 sq. ft. facility also features players' lounges, locker rooms, a weight training and conditioning area and a club-repair room.
A separate building built on the practice range includes five heated driving bays that are equipped with video and tracking technology, helping to provide golfers with immediate feedback on aspects of the play such as swing and ball flight."