The Indiana Wesleyan University men and women’s golf team has created an indoor practicing facility to use during inclement weather.
In January 2016, IWU purchased 4.7 acres of property which included a former CVS and Marsh building complex. Though no formal name has been given to the space, the entire building complex is referred to as 45Twelve.
In need of a space to practice during the cold and rainy seasons, coach Lorne Oke inquired about temporarily using the space as an indoor golf facility.
After consideration, campus facilities allowed the team to move into the CVS portion of the building, roughly 11,000 square feet of space. The Marsh portion is currently not being used.
“It’s just a wide open, bare space,” Oke said. “All we did was take some golf equipment- a couple of cages, a large practice green, and a launch monitor, move it in there, sweep the floors, and set it all up.”
Nick Schad (so) believes the indoor practice facility will be extremely beneficial as the team enters into its spring season.
“During this off-season it’s been great to have the opportunity to keep our golf swings from getting rusty by hitting inside. Taking three months off of any sport is a difficult situation to come back from,” Schad said. “With the addition of a launch monitor we are able to analyze each shot, and watch the ball flight as if we were hitting outdoors. Being able to practice inside when it’s too cold to practice outside definitely gives us a competitive edge as we start the spring season.”
IWU-Marion Vice President for Operations John Jones said the property provides IWU with a lot of flexibility for growth.
“We were considering using it (the complex) as growth space for various academic programs and that may still be an option in the future. It could also be used as an event center or even razed so something entirely new could be built on the site,” Jones said. “We have not developed a long term plan other than knowing the property provides IWU flexibility in the future as we look at growth opportunities for our campus and programs.”
Oke said he has dreams to potentionally develop the space into something accessible for the golf team as well as the IWU and Marion community.
“What I would love to see is a future where we make the facility something that is available to our students, faculty and staff just like our rec center,” Oke said. “We could potentially make it a community center where it is mostly oriented around the game of golf so that people could use it as a driving range or putting and chipping (green). My vision, for the fun of it, would be to get our business students involved in running it, like McConn Coffee Company, but more oriented towards local high schools and the community to become an off-season facility and also something else to do in this city.”
The site for the new building and property can be found at 4512 S. Adams St., located just off of IWU’s campus.