Golf Training Facility

Golf Training Facility Clubhouse
Golf Training Facility Clubhouse
Golf Training Facility Course
Golf Training Facility Course
Golf Training Facility Clubhouse Layout
Golf Training Facility Clubhouse Layout

Golf Training Facility

The Golf Training Facility will be located at The Reserve at Spanos Park and will feature a short game practice area along with a clubhouse. The clubhouse with have multiple hitting bays, a team locker room, office space and a team meeting room. For more information or to give to this project contact Tim Dickson.

NAMING OPPORTUNITES

Entire Practice Facility → $400,000 → NAMED
Short game area → $125,000 → NAMED
Phase I
Putting green → $50,000
Teeing Area → $50,000
Phase II
Head Coach Office → $50,000
Assistant Coach Office → $35,000
Player Locker (11) → $5,000 each (7 available)
Conference Room → $100,000 → NAMED
Players Lounge → $100,000 → NAMED
Players Locker Room → $75,000

Hitting Bay (3) → $25,000 each (1 available)

The Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center

University of the Pacific Athletics has named its new state-of-the-art golf practice facility in recognition of a generous gift from the program’s long-time supporter, Walter Chang ’82. The facility is being constructed over two phases at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

“Since the first day I met Walter his support and passion for Tiger Golf has been unsurpassed. The Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center will help current athletes sharpen their golf game as well as help in the recruiting of future Tigers,” said John Cook, head coach of Pacific Men’s Golf. “I am looking forward to working with Walter to continue building our program into one of the best in the country.”

Phase I of construction, which was recently completed, features a short game practice area that includes three chipping greens and a newly renovated putting area named the Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area in honor of the former Tiger coach. Phase II will include a clubhouse with covered hitting bays and top of the line swing analysis technology, team locker rooms, a coach’s office, and players’ lounge and meeting room.

“This new facility will attract higher caliber players not only from Northern California, but throughout the country,” said Chang, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business. “The short game area and high-tech video analysis will be one of the best in the Central Valley. The indoor driving range means that the team can practice all year long without any interruptions due to poor weather. This facility, combined with the educational excellence provided by the university, will benefit the present and future student athletes greatly.”

Chang first expressed interest in supporting the Pacific Men’s Golf program through former head coach Ted Ballmer and has remained heavily involved for the past 12 years, with Brandon Goethals and now John Cook. Since graduating, Chang has also been involved in a number of Pacific organizations, including the Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors, Omega Phi Alpha/Delta Upsilon fraternity, various committees within the Eberhardt School of Business and has served as a booster and supporter of Pacific Rowing.

“Walter has been amazing to work with through this entire process of planning for this facility. His steadfast support of our men’s golf program has been unmatched,” said Tim Dickson, executive associate director of athletics for development. “He has a clear vision for where he wants to see the program go and has stepped up in a major way to make it happen. This facility will be his legacy gift to Pacific, which could not be more appropriate.”

“For the last 12 years or so I’ve had the passion and been in pursuit of a championship team. In order to do so I’ve always thought a first class practice facility is absolutely necessary and is one of the key ingredients in becoming a nationally recognized Division I collegiate program in the country,” stated Chang.

Chang added, “I am confident and excited we have the right coaching staff in place to get Pacific Golf to the next level. I look forward in working with them and with the athletic department in order to accomplish this.”

With construction on the center already underway, the team is now one step closer to realizing that goal.

Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area

The Pacific golf program dedicated the Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area at The Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center Monday at the Tigers’ practice facility at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

“To have my named placed on this beautiful facility is a great honor,” Albaugh said. “With each decade of players and coaches and supporters that will pass through — with that beautiful sign as a reminder — there’s a chance that some will remember Dr. Glen; and that mighty-fine short game he has; That’s a very precious thought to me.”

The short game practice area includes three chipping greens and a putting area, giving the Tigers 13 different holes to practice the shot game on. With diverse terrain, and seven traps and bunkers, Pacific golfers can practice their approach, chipping and putting for a wide array of shots. As part of Walter Chang’s vision for a first-class, practice and training facility to help the Tigers elevate the program, the  Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area also features Bermuda grass greens, giving Pacific the opportunity to match their training to the type of grass on their next competition course.

“There’s not one shot our players can’t take here at this facility to help their short games get better,” head coach John Cook said. “There’s so many people that went into making this possible, and we’re all so excited for our student athletes to have this at their disposal, and to be able to name this beautiful facility after Dr. Glen, who is such a valuable part of our program.”

Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area is Phase I of the Tigers’ facility plan for the men’s golf program: The Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center will help current athletes sharpen their golf game as well as help in the recruiting of future Tigers,” said John Cook, head coach of Pacific Men’s Golf. “I am looking forward to working with Walter to continue building our program into one of the best in the country.”

Dr. Albaugh arrived at University of the Pacific in 1971, and taught sports psychology for 28 years while coaching the Pacific golf team from 1971 to 1992. Over his 20-year coaching career, he guided the Tigers to a total of six NCAA postseason team appearances, including NCAA Finals bids in 1980 and 1983. In addition, the Tigers were individually represented in NCAA postseason play consistently throughout Albaugh’s tenure. Albaugh led the Tigers to Top-25 national rankings four times during a five-year span from 1979-84. He coached nine All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans in addition to countless individual top-10 finishers and tournament medalists.

Since 1992, Glen has been a sports psychology consultant, working with numerous professional and amateur golfers. In addition, he continues to consult with Pacific coaches and student-athletes. Following the conclusion of his coaching career in 1992, Albaugh continued to serve as a professor in Pacific’s department of sport sciences until 1999.

Phase II of the The Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center will include a clubhouse with covered hitting bays and top of the line swing analysis technology, team locker rooms, a coach’s office, and players’ lounge and meeting room.

Endowments

The PAF is currently looking for dedicated fans to participate in the PAF Fund Drive. Volunteers are needed to help ask for donations to support Pacific Athletics, which is integral to the success of the PAF’s primary mission of securing cash and gifts-in-kind.

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PAF Fund Drive

The PAF is currently looking for dedicated fans to participate in the PAF Fund Drive. Volunteers are needed to help ask for donations to support Pacific Athletics, which is integral to the success of the PAF’s primary mission of securing cash and gifts-in-kind.

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