Phil Mickelson to design Arizona State's short-game facility, other plans revealed for Papago Golf Course

Phil Mickelson to design Arizona State's short-game facility, other plans revealed for Papago Golf Course

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Phil Mickelson to design Arizona State's short-game facility, other plans revealed for Papago Golf Course

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Plans for a new practice facility, including a short-game area designed by Phil Mickelson, were among improvement projects recently announced for Papago Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

Arizona State signed a 30-year agreement to use Papago as its home for its men’s and women’s golf teams. The school’s current home course, Karsten Golf Course, which is part of a development deal by the athletic department to help pay for other projects.

The practice facility will include 6,750 square feet of air-conditioned space and 2,400 of exterior covered space, plus the short-game area and a driving range. Arizona State golf coaches Matt Thurmond and Missy Farr-Kaye will also be part of the design team.

“Arizona State’s facility is going to be home to the single-greatest short game training space in the country,” Mickelson said.

Papago will also be getting a new clubhouse, with construction on that schedule for June. Ground will also be broken this year on the practice facility.

“I am very excited to see the Papago project come to life,” Farr-Kaye said. “We have spent a great deal of time designing a complex to allow our student-athletes to have a place where they can train to become the best golfers in the world.”

Said Thurmond: “Our new practice facility won’t be like any other university’s practice facility. … PGA Tour players will train here, and recruits will have a very hard time passing up the opportunity to make it their home.”

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