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A Hole-In-One: New additions enhance Rawls Course

The university's award-winning public course now boasts state-of-the-art clubhouse and team facility.

Written by Callie Jones

 A fire pit and rocking chairs overlook the ninth hole as guests may enjoy food, beverages and company on the outdoor patio.

A fire pit and rocking chairs overlook the ninth hole as guests may enjoy food, beverages and company on the outdoor patio.

After nearly 10 years, the Rawls Course now has a clubhouse and team facility worthy of the course’s numerous accolades.

The public course, which was designed by Tom Doak and opened in 2003, has enjoyed recognition for its layout, accessibility and affordability in recent years. However, until just a few weeks ago the pro shop, dining facility and administrative offices were all located inside a trailer next to the course.

Now, Texas Tech golf team members and patrons alike can enjoy a state-of-the-art contemporary facility that cost $3.7 million. The facility includes a clubhouse complete with a pro shop, administrative offices, locker rooms, and a full dining experience available at Jerry’s Grill.

The Cash Family Team Facility features locker rooms for men’s and women’s golf teams as well as reception and lounge areas for team members and recruits. The location of the facility will enable better administration for the management company, Troon Golf.

“I think it’ll just help grow the image of the Rawls Course and Texas Tech by alumni, faculty, staff and students being able to come out and enjoy the experience from the front door all the way until they leave,” said Greg Winter, general manager of the Rawls Course.

Jerry’s Grill, named after Tech alum and endower Jerry S. Rawls, preserves the name and menu from the former location, but now boasts a full-service bar and expanded seating options. A fire pit and rocking chairs overlook the ninth hole as guests may enjoy food, beverages and company on the outdoor patio. According to Winter, the grill may change slightly over the upcoming months as management adjusts to the new facility. Management may alter the menu and add more seating as demand during the lunch hour is particularly high.

A Great Course Gets Better

The Rawls Course itself has received rave reviews since its inception in 2003, but recently it has earned the following honors by national publications:

  • Golfweek’s No. 2 Best Course that you can play in Texas for 2012
  • Golfweek’s No. 3 Best Campus Golf Course in America
  • Golf Magazine’s No. 4 Best Public Golf Course in Texas for 2012

Even with these rankings, the Rawls Course is accessible and affordable for many. Green fees are as low as $36 during the week, and four different membership levels are available. The Rawls Course also offers clinics and accommodations for group events.

The architecture of the new clubhouse and team facility was designed to be integrated with both the course and the Spanish architecture of the Texas Tech campus.

The Cash Family Team Facility features locker rooms for men’s and women’s golf teams as well as reception and lounge areas for team members and recruits.

The Cash Family Team Facility features locker rooms for men’s and women’s golf teams as well as reception and lounge areas for team members and recruits.

“The palette of materials and building proportions reflect a combination of classic and contemporary styles and was specifically designed to serve not only our Texas Tech golf team but also our entire Red Raider community,” said Michael Molina, vice chancellor for facilities planning & construction. “As you walk the two facilities you will notice details such as the custom Douglas fir trusses; the hard white maple millwork; ornate rafter tails around the exterior roof edge; tongue and groove ceilings and soffits and special floor materials designed for golf foot traffic.”

Robert McKinney, the architect for the clubhouse and team facility, had a unique opportunity in designing the buildings as he is a former Texas Tech golfer and 2008 inductee to the Texas Tech Athletics Hall of Honor.

“It’s very rewarding to bring something to life that you’ve thought about for a long time,” McKinney said. “It will be interesting to see how the new facility will impact the number of rounds, tournaments and events at the Rawls Course.”

Uniting the Lubbock Community and the University

McKinney said the team facility’s proximity to the clubhouse offers a relationship that is seldom found at other university courses.

“Although the facility is relatively small, its location next to the clubhouse gives it a big presence, which will positively impact the women’s and men’s golf teams,” McKinney said.

Winter believes the new clubhouse will offer a distinctive experience for all golfers in West Texas.

“The response so far has been through the roof,” Winter said. “We are so excited to begin a new chapter at the Rawls Course and at Texas Tech.”

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