SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Twin Oaks Country Club Board of Directors and Missouri State University’s Board of Governors formally approved a partnership and lease agreement between Twin Oaks Country Club and the University. This partnership and lease agreement will provide the Bears men’s and women’s golf teams access to a new, state-of-the-art indoor training center. The training facility is currently being constructed at Twin Oaks Country Club with an anticipated November 2016 opening. The facility is designed by a Springfield, Mo architectural firm, h design group, and project management services are provided by Robert Rayl of Varsity Contractors, Inc. of Republic, Mo.
The agreement provides MSU golf team’s non-exclusive use of the indoor facility, as well as the club’s outdoor golf course and range for the next 15 years.
“We are very thankful to the Twin Oaks membership and the philanthropic endeavors of Bobby Allison,” said MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “This facility and agreement will be a game changer for our men’s and women’s golf programs. It not only will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts, but it will also be a great teaching facility for our teams. This is another example of MSU Athletics working with our community to fill a need.”
The entire project is a result of a generous donation from Bobby Allison to the Twin Oaks membership, all their junior golfers, Missouri State University, and uniquely to the group of “Original Rock Pickers” that dedicated themselves in the early 50’s to literally clear the golf course of rocks by hand before, during and after the construction of the course.
This facility is part of a new 10,000 square foot expansion project that h design group designed for Twin Oaks, which includes a new pro shop with retail area, and golf cart and member bag storage—all of which is staged around a waterfall feature. The facility will also include four hitting bays, putting green, team lounge, coaches’ offices and storage for the MSU men’s and women’s programs. The hitting bays will be able to operate as indoor stations or as extensions of the award-winning Twin Oaks driving range that incorporates artificial turf greens. The Twin Oaks members and MSU golf teams will also have access to the FlightScope® 3D Doppler Ball Tracking Golf Simulator and swing analysis system.
“I am very excited for our membership to have a new Pro Shop with such an awesome learning facility, as well as the opportunity to share this facility with the MSU golf teams—which will enable them to have a place to advance their programs as well as their athlete’s college experience,” said Twin Oaks PGA Professional Rich Brittan.
Twin Oaks Country Club is located at 1020 E. Republic Road, in Springfield, Mo., and is as picturesque as it is challenging. The course stretches over 6,700 yards, creating a well maintained venue that is challenging, attractive and considered one of the area’s best. Since its opening in 1955, many “greats” have shared their love of the game on the remarkable course—including the exciting moment the legendary, Arnold Palmer, set the course record in 1963 with a round of 61.