Westmont has submitted plans to the Santa Barbara County Planning Department for putting and chipping greens with artificial turf and a small meeting/storage facility for the new men’s and women’s golf teams. The practice area will be west of Deane Field where construction workers parked during construction of the Global Leadership Center.
“We’re hoping to transform this underutilized area into an attractive addition to the beautiful campus,” says Randy Jones, campus planner.
The construction, which does not affect the existing grass area of Deane Field, is being funded by gifts to the intercollegiate golf teams.
Plans include a decomposed granite path leading from the road southeast of Reynolds Hall, a 500-square-foot patio and two, 10-foot-wide, covered hitting bays. The artificial putting green, turf trap and pitching areas will be about 8,000 square feet and will allow rainwater to drain to a naturally planted garden.
“We hope is this will be an area for the new golf teams to meet and work on their short game as well as a place of enjoyment for the entire Westmont community,” says Tom Knecht, head golf coach and professor of political science.
Men’s and women’s golf, an NAIA spring sport, will begin with the 2019-2020 academic year. Knecht hopes to recruit at least seven men and women for the first teams.