A new year is a time for new beginnings, and 2018 marks the beginning of an amazing new space to grow McCallie’s golf program and community outreach.
The new McCallie Golf Center, which opens this month, will give McCallie one of the nation’s best indoor golf facilities for high school golfers. The facility, located in the former Strang Indoor Tennis Center, provides a full array of indoor golf practice.
The center includes two putting surfaces — one a more traditional flat putting green with nine holes and the other a larger, undulating surface with six holes built to replicate a true course green. The larger green also serves as a space onto which to practice chipping from both fringe and fairway turf from various distances, up to 50 yards.
Netted hitting areas, in which drivers and irons can be used, will allow golfers to improve their skills year round in all kinds of weather, and plans are in place for the center to host a full-featured golf simulator that will allow for electronic swing analysis, the ability to practice particular scenarios, and even the chance to play simulated rounds on courses from around the world. The simulator will be added as soon as a gift(s) is/are received for that purchase.
“This is a wonderful home and facility that will strengthen our golf program and be a benefit to our campus and the community,” said Headmaster Lee Burns ‘87. “It is unique for a high school — or even for most colleges — to have a facility at this level. This
state-of-the-art facility opens up opportunities for not only our golf team, but also for other students and faculty as well as the broader community.”
The facility will serve as the on-campus home for the McCallie golf program but will also be used by various other groups throughout the year. McCallie golf coach Rob Riddle will use the facility for lessons and golf clinics designed to serve the entire Chattanooga community, and the center will also be open to McCallie students and faculty.
Under Coach Riddle’s leadership, the McCallie golf program has thrived in recent seasons. In 2017, McCallie advanced to the TSSAA Division II-AA state championship, and junior Jake Levine was the Division II-AA East/Middle Region individual champion.