RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Golf will have a new home in 2013-14.
The prestigious Tuckahoe Creek Course at the Country Club of Virginia will serve as VCU's home course, Rams' Coach Matt Ball announced Monday. The move allows VCU, which has practiced at a number of courses around the Richmond area in recent years, a stable home environment for the program.
"With the addition of a 'home' we know where we will be practicing most days, and that we will also be on one of the best conditioned courses in the region," Ball said. "The practice facilities are excellent and will allow our team to truly practice in tournament like conditions all the time."
Ball has maintained close ties with the Country Club of Virginia since 1990, when he began serving as assistant golf professional at the James River complex, which hosts two courses, including Tuckahoe Creek. Coach Ball eventually became head golf pro of the James River Course.
"Like everyone in town, CCVA has been supportive of the VCU Golf team, but this commitment really puts us on another level," Ball said. "Recruits will clearly see the quality facilities they will practice and play on, and the kids will develop their games at a faster pace by being on consistently great greens."
Designed by Joseph L. Lee and Rocky Rocquemore, the Tuckahoe Creek Course opened in 1988 and is a breathtaking par 72, 6,933-yard layout that Ball says will continually challenge the Rams.
"There is literally not a blade of grass out of place, and the quick sloping greens not only prepare us for tournament conditions, but they also require us to learn better course management so we can attack them in the right positions to be successful," he said.