Phil Mickelson to design new $2 million practice facility for University of San Diego golf team

The new facility will be located on campus and feature both indoor and outdoor training areas.

Phil Mickelson to design new $2 million practice facility for University of San Diego golf team

Phil Mickelson will design a new $2 million golf training facility for the University of San Diego, Athletic Director Bill McGillis announced on Monday.

The Purcell Family Short-Game Practice Facility will be located on campus and feature a one-acre natural turf short-game area fit with a large putting green, practice bunkers and fairway and rough area so players can practice any shot they’d face in competition.

“As a result of the generosity of the Purcell family, and a strong commitment from the University of San Diego, I could not be more thrilled to be designing a state-of-the art on-campus golf practice facility for the Toreros,” said Phil Mickelson via a release. “The University of San Diego holds a special place in the hearts of the Mickelson family, and I’m excited to partner with (head coach Chris) Riley in developing something truly special for the young men in the USD program.”

A rendering of the Purcell Family Short-Game Practice Facility, set to be designed by Phil Mickelson at the University of San Diego. (Photo: Courtesy)

The facility’s namesake, Paul M. Purcell, is a San Diego alumnus and Board of Trustees member. Plans have been submitted submitted to the City of San Diego and are under review by city planners. Development and construction will begin immediately following city approval.

A 3,000-square foot clubhouse will also be built to include a team locker room, lounge, indoor/outdoor hospitality space, coaches office, storage, study and conference areas, as well as a hitting bay and golf lab fit with “cutting-edge technology and equipment.”

“This was years in the making, and I am thrilled that the day has finally come for USD Golf to have all the tools to compete at the highest level,” said Riley, who noted the facilities ability to help players improve from inside 100 yards.

“Our family is honored to give back to institutions that are very important to us — USD and the game of golf,” said Purcell. “Our hope is this facility will advance the mission of USD, not just to compete at the top levels of the NCAA, but also make the entire community better through the game of golf.”

The university will also look to serve the community through partnerships with Pro Kids, First Tee and other local organizations.

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Take a look at the hole-by-hole maps provided by Puttview for this week's PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf (...)

Check the yardage book: Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Ocean Course for the PGA Championship

Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course takes its second turn as host of the PGA Championship this week, welcoming players and fans back to the South Carolina seaside just south of Charleston.

The Ocean Course was designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1991 after a somewhat frantic effort to complete construction before that year’s Ryder Cup, which the Americans won over the European team and that has become known as the “War by the Shore.”

Unlike most linksy courses, which play beneath and around the dunes, the Ocean was built atop the dunes at the suggestion of Dye’s wife, Alice. This provides fantastic views of the Atlantic but subjects the players in this week’s major championship to the full force of the coastal winds. Individual holes will play very differently this week depending on the weather.

Playing 7,846 yards with a par of 72 for this year’s event, the Ocean Course has earned high praise since its opening. It is ranked No. 1 on the 2021 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list for public-access layouts in South Carolina. It also ranks No. 9 on the 2021 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses list for the whole United States, No. 9 on the Top 100 Courses You Can Play list for the U.S. and No. 14 for all Modern Courses opened in or after 1960 in the U.S.

The Ocean Course is part of the large and charming Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which is home to four other courses: Osprey Point by Tom Fazio, Oak Point by Clyde Johnston, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus and Cougar Point by Gary Player. And beside miles and miles of beaches, the resort is home to a five-star oceanfront hotel and luxurious villa rentals, several fun pool complexes, a marina, hiking trails and more, making it a top Lowcountry destination.

Thanks to yardage books provided by Puttview – the maker of detailed yardage books for more than 30,000 courses around the world – we can see exactly the challenges that players face this week. Check out each hole below.

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