Indoor practice facility at Harvard


Sean Dudley

Golf contractor Turf Solutions Group has completed a project to build an indoor practice facility for the golf teams at Harvard University.

With no space available for a full-size range, TSG’s John Ehrgott designed the facility using 2,000 sq ft of space in a former storage area. It includes an 800 sq ft chipping and putting green with realistic contours. The green is framed by a collar of synthetic rough to simulate real chipping conditions and a half inch fairway chipping area to practice tight lies.

The practice area also features a four-station, netted hitting bay that is 20 feet deep and outfitted with a launch monitor, and a putting area used for video analysis and putting mechanics.

“The goal was to maximize the available shot values within the limited space,” Ehrgott said. “We wanted to give the Harvard teams the ability practice various shots from multiple surfaces and lies so they could be better prepared for the early spring events in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA tournament.”

Ehrgott said the unique challenge of this project was to incorporate a putting green and netted hitting bays long enough to use a launch monitor in such a small space.

The solution was to integrate a nylon putting surface inside the hitting bay that doubles as a flat surface to practice putting mechanics and also as a place to practice chips from tight lies.