USAFA Endowment

USAFA Golf Practice Facility Groundbreaking

From left, Mike Leahy '71, C1C Blake Edwards, Captain of the USAFA Golf Team; Dick McConn ’66; Jim Knowlton, Athletic Director

The USAFA Endowment held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new USAFA Golf Team Practice Facility at the Eisenhower Golf Course.

The new facility boasts a year-round practice range that features a synthetic tee line for use during the winter months as well as several hitting stations and a long target green with multiple holes for chipping and uphill shots. The facility will provide much-needed additional space and more realistic tournament conditions for practice. Overall the new facility will improve the golf teams competitive status in Division I golf.

“We could not be more thankful for what our alums do to support the Academy and our Athletic teams, we are indebted to them, we are so grateful and it is helping us transform the experience we provide our cadets,” said Jim Knowlton, USAFA Athletic Director.

“This facility will be a tremendous asset,” USAFA Golf head coach George Koury said. “We get a lot of support from Eisenhower, however, this gives us a practice area just for cadet use. We do share the facility with the local population and at times it is fairly busy out here. This facility will allow the cadets to get down here and get in some practice time and get back up to the hill to study.”

The project was made possible by the generous lead gifts from Mr. Dick McConn ’66, Dr. Mike Leahy ’71, and Mr. John Martinson ’70. Construction of the facility is slated for completion in the fall of 2015.