Wyoming breaks ground on high-tech indoor facility
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Joe Jensen’s description of the new indoor practice facility in the works at the University of Wyoming says it all. This building will be “high juiced.”
By that, Jensen, the director of men’s and women’s golf, means the new facility, to be named the Cowboy and Cowgirl Indoor Golf Practice Facility, will have everything a college golfer could want in a cold-weather climate. Those amenities will include four hitting bays; a more-than-1,800-square-foot indoor putting green with a high-tech synthetic surface; a golf simulator; a centralized location for range balls; a team room with locker rooms, an office and study areas; a team lounge, a hall of fame and recognition of donors. The price tag is $1.2 million, and it came entirely from donors. That will make the building only the second on Wyoming’s campus to carry that distinction.
“This has been my dream; this has been my desire,” said Jensen, who was at the head of that fundraising effort, and began thinking about this project a few years ago. Jensen said making it a reality was a true team effort.
Jensen also is the head golf professional at the Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Club at the University of Wyoming, which led him to think of ways the facility could benefit the rest of the Laramie, Wyo., community, too. That’s why it will be open to players other than members of Wyoming’s college teams, but on a membership basis. He recognizes that the building will benefit the community’s First Tee program and high school teams just as much as the college teams.
“If there’s a program in the country that needs an indoor training facility, it’s Wyoming,” said Jensen, referring to the harsh winters in Laramie.
Jensen said the target completion date is late in the summer of 2013. He envisions an unveiling of epic proportions that might align with a University of Wyoming football game and an alumni reunion. He hopes also to make it coincide with the Wyoming State High School Golf Championship, to be hosted at the university golf course next fall.
A larger-than-life unveiling fits the nature of this facility. And the facility fits the nature of Jensen’s program.
“We have a terrific track record of taking kids and developing them,” he said.