Golf teams excited for future at Maridoe Golf Club

Golf teams excited for future at Maridoe Golf Club

August 31
18:43 2017

By Vanessa McTillmon | Staff Writer 

For the first time in almost two years, the Mean Green men’s and women’s golf teams have a full course to call home.

The redesigned Maridoe Golf Club, a fully-dedicated facility in Carrollton, opened July 22. The golf teams have been training at Maridoe since 2015, but were limited in what they were able to do at the course.

“The team actually practiced some at Maridoe the year before I arrived,” women’s coach Michael Akers said. “Only the practice area was open at that time.”

Now, the Mean Green have access to one of the top new facilities in the country.

Formerly known as Honors Club Dallas and subsequently Colombian Club, the Maridoe Golf Club began its redesign in 2015 under the ownership of Albert Huddleston, CEO of Hyperion Resources.

Huddleston contracted golf course architect Steve Smyers to design the course. The goal was to create a facility that would both challenge and enhance golfers’ skill sets.

“The mission statement was to build a golf course that would be visually dynamic and stimulating,” Smyers said. “One that would develop golfers to be more competitive on a national and international scale. I embraced this concept realizing this type of opportunity presents itself very seldom and there are very few golf courses that adhere to this philosophy.”

Smyers was pleased with the way things turned out.

“I realized immediately the tremendous opportunity the project had,” Smyers said. “The key ingredient was the passion and commitment the client had for excellence.”

Though the project was about a two-year process, Akers believes it was worth the wait and is excited about the immediate impact it will have on both the men’s and women’s programs.

The new layout of the course will help produce a major impact on the teams’ capabilities during the season and should give the team an edge on the recruiting trail as well.

“This is the best facility I have ever had the privilege of coaching at,” Akers said. “We are able to practice virtually any type of shot. The biggest improvements will come in the short game. We are able to practice many various lies and conditions.”

Junior Jordan Sanders was one of a host of players who have been amazed by the renovations and agreed it will have a massive impact on the team.

“It’s unbelievable,” Sanders said. “It’s one of the best facilities I’ve seen, which I believe will help a lot with recruiting new players.”

Junior Trent Hill emphasized the difficulty of the course, which is part of what gives the program so much confidence in future improvement.

“This is the hardest course we have ever played,” Hill said. “I believe it will makes us better players, though.”

The upgrades also feature a training facility with a two-ended driving range, a three-acre short game retreat, and indoor facilities with hitting bays, according to the Maridoe Golf Club website.

While Akers values the advantages of the new full-fledged course, the addition of the training facility is just as important to him.

“The target greens are USGA spec greens,” Akers said. “When the ball lands on those greens it reacts similar to on the golf course. The owner of Maridoe is a big believer in players calibrating their game on the practice areas.”

The golf teams will host their first tournament at Maridoe in April 2018. The men’s team will open its season at the men’s Wolf Run Intercollegiate Sept. 8 in Zionsville, Indiana and the women’s Minnesota Invitational begins Sept. 11 in Woodbury, Minnesota.

“I’m just looking forward to getting started,” Sanders said. “We have a couple new players on board too, so it’s been great.”

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Brady Keane is the Sports Editor of the North Texas Daily. He previously served as Deputy Sports Editor (Jan. 2017-May 2017) and as a Staff Writer (Aug. 2015-May 2016).

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