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The Tombros Varsity Clubhouse is the newest asset to Penn State's men's and women's golf teams. It is conveniently located between the Blue and White courses, just west of the Blue Course's 18th hole and right next to the Walker Clubhouse.Peter and Ann Tombros propelled the project with an initial donation in 2007. The project was additionally funded by donations from numerous alumni Nittany Lion Club donors. The facility provides coaches' offices, team locker rooms and club storage. A lounge with a big screen TV allows the team to relax and study while at the course. A new heated indoor hitting-net facility and indoor-to-outdoor hitting bays give the golfers an advantage especially in the winter months. A new V-1 video system provides the team with video instruction to help improve development. In addition to its prime location and exceptional features, the facility will also give the program an edge from a recruiting standpoint as it is better able to compete with the programs who previously had their own facilities. "This building will definitely start with recruiting, but when the players get here, we look at process and how much they enjoy and remember the program," said Nye. "The process of the daily activity, of running a program and of being a comfort to the players, it is a place where they can launch from to do the necessary practice, to do the work to get better, to compete hard and to be successful.
Nittany Lions also opened a private two-acre short-game facility August of 2007. The practice area is nestled in behind the 14th green of the Blue Course and is a short distance from the heart of the program - the new Tombros Varsity Golf Clubhouse. This wonderfully private area overlooks the back nine of the Blue course, and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.
The multifaceted area has a 13,000-plus square foot green dedicated to chipping and putting only, while another 10,000-plus square foot green attached to two contoured bent grass fairways of 50 and 110 yards receives an endless variety of short-game shots. This "impact" green is surrounded with several bunkers, with fairways and rough that provide level and un-level lies, as well as elevation changes.
"The short game practice area has been a dream come true," Nye says. "I see this area as a virtual playground for our players as they build their short game fundamentals, touch and creative shot making daily in practice. Our players experience one of the finest and most 'on course' looking short game facility in all of collegiate golf."
Varsity Long Game Practice Area
"This area was developed so our players not only have an outstanding bent grass hitting surface, but an area where they can develop their fairway bunker game, and uneven lie adjustments," Nye said. "Like the short-game area, the range area we created is about variety and play simulation opportunities."