Golf course architect Tripp Davis has completed the practice facility for University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., that is already considered a showpiece for all schools in the U.S. Oklahoma, which will host the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, is planning a grand opening in May.
The four-hole loop practice course, called “The Ransom Course,’’ is part of the golf facility for the OU golf teams, has holes that can be played as a par three, par two or par four from a wide variety of distances and angles. Players can practice every shot imaginable, from a variety of angles from 100 yards and in, with fairways and bunkers approaching each of the four greens.
Fourth Hole on Ransom Course (Tripp Davis and Associates)
With Davis’ changes to OU’s Jimmie Austin Golf Club course and the addition of The Ransom Course, Davis believes that the University has one of the top university golf facilities in the country.
“Having played college golf and being part of a national championship team here at OU in the 1980’s, I am fortunate to have a unique insight into the college game and how golf teams come together to practice,’’ Davis said. “Eliminating any barriers to how a golf course can be set up to mimic what players may find at any golf course around the country, and eliminating any barriers to how they can practice, is what is of value to a college golf program. We are achieving that at Oklahoma.’’
The practice course features 15 bunkers and four different green styles – a Perry Maxwell green, an A.W. Tillinghast green featuring Tillinghast’s bunker styles, a pushed-up Donald Ross green and a Seth Raynor green. The greens are Pure Distinction bent grass, the fairways are Latitude 36 Bermuda, the tees are Zeon Zoysia and Latitude 36 and the rough is Astro Bermuda.
“The key is giving players the ability to practice in a realistic environment and experience real on-course situations,” Davis said. “It is taking variety in practice to another level beyond the typical driving range and short game area.”
The course is named in honor of the main project donor, OU alumnus Jerry Ransom, a 1966 graduate who began playing at Jimmie Austin as a student and has been a long-time supporter of the program.
Feature credit: Tripp Davis and Associates