Officials Break Ground for Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club

Representatives from the University of Houston, the UH Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Redstone Golf Club and the Dave Williams family officially broke ground Tuesday morning for the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club. Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony was only part of an ongoing relationship with Redstone Golf Club. The program recently reached an agreement with the club to serve as the official home course of Houston Cougar golf.
The Dave Williams Golf Academy will cover 4,400 square feet and be built on the Redstone Tournament Course driving range. The facility is expected to cost around $500,000, which will be raised by the Athletics Department through private donations. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by late fall.

The Golf Academy will house four indoor/outdoor hitting bays with the latest technology, including a Launch Monitor for players to practice length, dispersion and trajectories of any shot. In addition, a SAM PuttLab will take ultrasound measurements of the putting stroke and displays the information in simple graphic reports. A three-dimensional biomechanical measuring system will help refine the way a player's body should properly move during a golf swing.

Jonathan Dismuke, Joel Williams, Charlie Epps, Mack Rhoades

The Golf Academy will be open to the public throughout the year for golfers of all ages and skill levels. From individual and group lessons to putting, short-game and ball-striking clinics, Redstone Golf Club will provide top instructors using the latest technology to improve all areas of the game. In addition, custom club fittings with all the major manufacturers will be offered at the Golf Academy to maximize players' abilities with the best equipment. Charlie Epps, Redstone's Director of Golf, will office in the Academy with other Redstone instructors.
“We are proud to open the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club. Redstone Golf Club is a first-class facility with an exceptional staff,” Houston Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. “Playing on a home course like this with an addition like the Dave Williams Golf Academy gives our student-athletes an advantage against all other competition. It is altogether fitting that this new facility is named in honor of one of the most respected men in college athletics. No coach in history can boast of more team and individual success or had a greater impact on the lives of the student-athletes with whom he worked than Dave Williams.”

"As we continue to move our program back into the national spotlight, we are thrilled to begin construction on the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club," said Dismuke, who recently finished his second year with the program. "One of my goals was to find our program a home and to build a state-of-the-art teaching facility that would help recruit players to the city and University of Houston. Building the Dave Williams Golf Academy at the home of the PGA TOUR's Shell Houston Open will showcase our outstanding facility to a national audience every year."

"Redstone is proud to partner with the University of Houston golf program, which has a tremendous history and tradition of excellence," said Derek Clouse, Club Manager at Redstone Golf Club. "With the addition of the Dave Williams Golf Academy to Redstone's two championship-caliber courses, TaylorMade Performance Lab, Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Instructors and world-class practice facilities, Redstone Golf Club's vision of becoming the premier golf facility in the region is being fulfilled. We will now have all the latest technology and resources, along with first-class instruction, to benefit the Cougars and players of all ages and skill levels." 
University of Houston
Golf Head Coach  1952-87 
1980 GCAA Hall of Fame Inductee
1998 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor Inductee

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Redstone Golf Club offers two championship courses (18 private, 18 public) located in Humble, Texas. The public Tournament Course, a Rees Jones/David Toms creation, is the city’s only PGA TOUR course and home of the Shell Houston Open. The private Member Course, home of the 2003-05 Shell Houston Open, is a Jacobsen/Hardy masterpiece offering its own unique challenges. Together, with Redstone’s TaylorMade Performance Lab – Golf’s Ultimate Club Fitting, Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness instructors, world-class practice facilities and the Dave Williams Golf Academy, Redstone treats players to a pure golf experience. Redstone also has a spectacular clubhouse, locker rooms, restaurant and meeting facilities, all in a pure golf setting. Redstone was developed and is owned by The Redstone Companies.

Private Member Course - 525 members; 7,508 yards; opened in 2003
Public Tournament Course - 7,422 yards; opened in 2006





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