Bryan Park Golf Course will be the home course of the North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s golf teams as announced by head coach Richard Watkins on Thursday.
Bryan Park, a Brown Summit facility, hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2010 and the venue also serves as the home course for UNC Greensboro. The Champions course is an 18-hole, par-72 that features 7,135 yards of golf from the longest tees on the Bermuda grass surface.
From the longest tees, the Players course is 7,076 yards of 18-hole, par-72 golf with a difficult Bermuda rough. Both courses were recently awarded the prestigious 4-star ranking in Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play Guide. In the partnership, the Aggies have unlimited access to the driving range Monday-Saturday and unlimited access to the course Monday-Thursday.
“Bryan Park is a tremendous golf facility. It has a lot of significance as well,” said Watkins. “It has 36 challenging holes. It has hosted collegiate tournaments, USGA events and professional events. It is quite a challenge and it is an important step for our programs to have a venue like Bryan Park to call our home course.”
Watkins said his next step is to also utilize Gillespie Golf Course on 306 E. Florida St., in Greensboro as a practice facility. When his golfers leave class, Watkins wants a facility within proximity of N.C. A&T where his golfers can hit golf balls and practice certain shots.
The Aggies will begin their women’s golf program in the fall of 2016. The men’s first season will be in 2017.