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 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.”
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.