Golf teams will soon call Bear Ridge homeJan. 18, 2001
Course designers say complex set for October finish
BY JED WYSE
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Bear Ridge Golf Course was held last week. The course will become the home course for both the men's and women's golf teams.
Because of rain, organizers moved the ceremony indoors to the Gale Galloway Suite at Floyd Casey Stadium. PGA golfers Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy attended the ceremony, as well as Baylor President Robert B. Sloan, Jr.
Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design of Houston designed the course and Mission Equities is developing it.
The 18-hole course will be part of the Villages at Twin Rivers, a 255-acre planned unit development of Bosque River Chase Ltd., located at the intersection of Highway 84 and Speegleville Road in west Waco.
Men's head Coach Tim Hobby referred to the course as 'a triple win for Baylor, Waco and all of Central Texas.'
Developers expect Bear Ridge to be completed in early October and it will probably cost anywhere from $3 million to $4 million.
Fund raising for the project is not yet complete, but construction will begin as donations continue to come in.
Peter Jacobsen said that while designing the course, the important thing is to 'protect the nuances of the land' and try 'to provide every type of golf shot in only 18 holes.' Jacobsen added that Baylor's new course is 'better than A&M's by far.'
The course will include a clubhouse, which will be home to Baylor golf. The clubhouse will include offices for the coaches, locker rooms, a meeting room and a garage-style indoor driving range.
The indoor range will have nets on the ceiling that can be dropped to practice with, or the garage doors can be opened to allow the players to actually hit out onto the driving range.
'This will be especially beneficial on rainy days or in the winter,' Hobby said.
This range will also boast videotaping equipment for analyzing player's swing patterns.
Both teams have called Ridgewood Country Club their home until this point but are excited to finally have their own facilities.
Ridgewood is known for being one of the only courses in the area to have bent-grass greens.
Both Hobby and women's head Coach Sylvia Ferdon are excited about what the new course will mean for recruiting.
Hobby has already recruited four players for next fall. Two of these are ranked in the top twenty in the nation out of high school.
Derek Abel, of Plano, and Ryan Baca, from Sugarland, are expected to boost an already strong men's team. Jimmy Walker, a Cibolo junior, is also expected to have another good season. Walker has earned his third year as an All Big 12 athlete.
Ferdon is now communicating with six of the top 100 players in the nation.
'This course is exciting news,' said Ferdon, 'It will be first class all the way.'
The men's team is the No. 56-ranked team and the women's team is No. 30 after the fall season.