April 22, 1997

The Golf Center at Forest Akers to Open May 2

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Forest Akers golf courses and facilities at Michigan State University--already among the finest collegiate complexes in the nation--soon will introduce The Golf Center, mid-Michigan's premier golf practice facility.

The main attraction in a $1.2 million renovation to Forest Akers East Course, The Golf Center is a 20-acre practice area that allows golfers to refine various skills. The center features a three-acre bentgrass practice tee, separate teaching tee, practice bunkers, target greens and a 20,000-square-foot putting green. The Center is slated to open Friday, May 2, in conjunction with the Big Ten Women's Golf Championship.

This new training facility and improvements to the East Course, combined with the 1993 $1 million renovation of Forest Akers West Course, provides area golfers a with a complex unlike any other in the state.

"No school in the Big Ten and possibly no one in the country has a facility like ours now," said MSU head coach Ken Horvath. "Golfers of all levels can benefit here by working on all facets of their games. Of course it's also a big asset to the MSU golf program."

The 1997 Big Ten Women's Golf Championship will take place on the West Course on May 2-4, while next year's men's championship also is slated for that site.

The Forest Akers staff will host numerous instructional clinics and schools throughout the summer, ranging from classes for beginning golfers to intermediate and advanced players.

"One of the advantages to The Golf Center is that it's so big you can have a P.E. class and a golf school taking place at the same time, while individuals are out hitting buckets of balls," said Forest Akers teaching professional John Dal Corobbo. "For a pure practice facility, this rates as the best I've seen in the Midwest for shared use by the public and by collegiate teams."

For more information on The Golf Center and its programs, please contact the following address and phone number:

The Golf Center
Forest Akers Golf Courses
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 355-1635
E-mail: glf01@msu.edu