New Texas A&M golf course yet another addition to a great collection of university venues
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – This past weekend, I got to be one of the first to play the new Campus Course at Texas A&M. Completely redesigned, it was a labor of love for architect Jeff Blume, a graduate of the turf program at Texas A&M. That, combined with the intense loyalty that Aggies have for their school, makes the A&M layout, which can be tipped to more than 7,000 yards, one of Blume’s most satisfying accomplishments in a career that’s been pretty good. Built in the shadows of Kyle Field, it’s a golf course that doesn’t even begin to resemble the old one that it replaced.
The new course got me thinking about other university golf courses. Some, like The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin are essentially private, while many are open to the public. Three of my favorites are Palouse Ridge at Washington State, The Walker Course at Clemson and the ASU Karsten Course at Arizona State. There are plenty other good ones, too, and I’d love to get your feedback.
In fact, I’ve long been considering a summer tour of the best university golf courses, much like seeing all the major league ballparks in the country. There are all unique, most are affordable, and best of all, like the one at Texas A&M, they’re surrounded by universities.
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