Clubhouse, Team Facility Add to Rawls Course’s Reputation for Top Golf
The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University never had to fish for compliments.
Ranked as the number 3 collegiate golf course in the nation and the second-best public golf course in the state this year by Golfweek magazine, the links-style course designed by Tom Doak had been a perennial favorite of critics since it opened in 2003.
What it lacked was a clubhouse.
Looking out across the rolling fairways from the back porch of the course’s newest addition, it’s easy to think the picture is now complete.
Texas Tech University System officials celebrated the opening of the new clubhouse and team facility at The Rawls Course today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The $3.7 million complex was funded by donations to Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech.
“With the addition of this clubhouse and team facility, our golf programs will have facilities that are second to none,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance. “We have great friends of Texas Tech who have been generous with their financial support — not only making this project a reality, but also contributing to our capital campaign.”
Built to complement the campus’ signature Spanish Renaissance architecture, The Rawls Course Clubhouse serves as the central hub for guests visiting the course. Inside, a pro shop fully stocked with Texas Tech golf apparel, clubs and accessories serves as a check-in post for guests heading to the nearby cart staging area and first tee.
For players making the turn, a window into the kitchen provides quick access to food and beverage purchases. Locker rooms with showers, dressing rooms and day lockers are also available for guests.
“Adding a state-of-the-art clubhouse is the finishing touch to what I already consider one of the premier college golf courses in the country,” said women’s golf head coach JoJo Robertson.
With dramatic Douglas Fir rafters and floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace, the expanded Jerry’s Grill brings much-needed dining space and a sports bar atmosphere to the course’s longtime restaurant. An adjacent veranda with sweeping views of the course and fire pit provides outdoor seating where players and guests can relax.
Jerry’s Grill is named for Jerry S. Rawls, executive chairman of Finisar Corporation and a Texas Tech University alumnus. The namesake and chief benefactor of The Rawls Course, Rawls made a gift of $8.6 million in 2001 to jumpstart design and construction of the 270-acre, championship-level course.
“Jerry, without your vision none of this would be possible, and we thank you,” said Kelly Overley, vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement.
Across a landscaped courtyard, the Cash Family Team Facility — named for the project’s primary donors, Don and Kay Cash and their family — will be the new home of the Texas Tech University men’s and women’s golf teams.
Located next to the teams’ short game practice area, the Cash Family Team Facility includes a team meeting room, locker rooms, and offices for the coaching staff. The entry lounge and reception area displays memorabilia and trophies from past Texas Tech golf teams.
“Without a question, this is one of the nicest collegiate facilities in the country,” said head men’s golf coach Greg Sands. “This will be a great recruiting tool for our program, but most importantly it will be an area that we can share with the entire university and our great fans and supporters.”